The role of tourist experience in Hungary’s domestic VFR travels

Room K
Monday, 31 August 2015
17.15 – 19.00
experience, Hungary, tourism, VFR

Visiting friends and relatives (VFR) is the main drive of domestic travels in most of the countries. The Central Statistical Office in Hungary collects data about travel behavior of local residents since 2004, which helps to outline some specifics of the Hungarian VFR travel and tourism. Our previous study exploring Hungary’s transparent tourism pointed out that travellers with VFR motivation are visiting tourist attractions in the destination, too, and consuming services designed for touristic needs, which leads to a finding that they are partly behaving as tourists. However, there is little known about the means of VFR experience and the extent to which this experience is perceived as a tourist experience. 

Based on a survey (N=896) focusing on domestic VFR travellers’ tourist behavior, the aim is to describe and discuss to what extent can be VFR experience viewed as tourist experience, and what are the factors which strengthen the relation between VFR and tourist experience. It was found, that those visiting friends (VF), staying for longer, and participating touristic like activities obtain tourist experience with a higher chance, than those visiting relatives (VR), staying for shorter time, and being rather passive during the visit.

Anita Zátori
Corvinus University of Budapest
anita.zatori [at]
Dániel Balizs
Geographical Institute, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
balizs.daniel [at]
Noémi Kulcsár
Gábor Michalkó
Geographical Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
michalko.gabor [at]
Judit T. Nagy

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