Holidays against depression? An Ethiopian Australian initiative

Sebastian Filep, Elleni Bereded-Samuel

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Tourism is an engine of economic growth, but its capacity to contribute to good health is only starting to be documented. This paper describes a forthcoming research project with the Ethiopian immigrant community in the Australian state of Victoria. The project aims to discover if writing about positive holiday experiences that involve visits to friends and relatives improves the community's mental health - alleviates depression levels and increases levels of happiness. The role of holidays in improving mental health is of increasing interest to the tourism industry. This research note highlights the importance of understanding the benefits of holidays for individual well-being; this paper outlines a methodological approach for investigating these benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Depression
  • Happiness
  • Mental health
  • Positive psychology
  • Tourist experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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