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Erasmus students in Portugal: from students to tourists and advocates.

Amaro, S, Barroco, C, Martins, C and Antunes, J, 2019. Erasmus students in Portugal: from students to tourists and advocates. European Journal of Tourism Research, 22, 94 - 106.

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Abstract

Although there are several studies examining the benefits of the Erasmus student mobility programme on student’s professional career and academic development, there is scarce literature focusing on how they are similar to tourists and can promote tourism in the country where they did Erasmus. This study interviewed 16 students from 10 different nationalities that have done Erasmus in Portugal, in order to examine their travelling behaviours and how they may contribute in promoting Portugal. The findings reveal that Erasmus students are similar to tourists, contributing to Portugal’s Tourism not only by their travelling behaviour, but also by the visitors they receive and because of the posts of Portugal on social media. Furthermore, after their Erasmus experience, they become advocates, recommending Portugal to family and friends.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1994-7658
Uncontrolled Keywords:Academic Tourism; destination promotion; Erasmus students; recommendation; tourism development
Group:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:32584
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:29 Jul 2019 13:18
Last Modified:29 Jul 2019 13:18

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