Physical Impacts of Second Home Development on Damash Village in Gilan Province, Iran
Negin Keshavarznia
Negin Keshavarznia,  Department of Geography, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
Manuscript received on January 25, 2014. | Revised Manuscript received on February 01, 2014. | Manuscript published on February 28, 2014. | PP: 218-221  | Volume-3, Issue-3, February 2014. | Retrieval Number:  C2652023314/2013©BEIESP

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Abstract: One of the most important issues which have received particular attention from geographers is examining the effects of spending times on taking vacation and tourism. This issue has led to development of second homes in rural and urban areas. Emphasizing the physical effects of second home expansion, this research is aimed at studying the impact of such holiday homes on rural areas of Damash Village in Gilan Province, Iran. Present applied study was conducted based on descriptive- analytical methodology; also, the required data were gathered through two questionnaires, one designed for rural people (170 families) and the other for nonnative owners of second homes (60 families). The findings showed that second home development had by far much more negative impacts on rural communities were than the positive ones.
Keywords: physical Impact, Second home, Damash, Gilan.