Is the migration-tourism relationship only about VFR?

Larry Dwyer, Neelu Seetaram, Peter Forsyth, Brian Edward Melville King

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This paper contributes to the literature on the linkages between tourism and migration. Though it is widely recognised that the two phenomena are closely linked, and that migration may induce visiting friends and relatives) tourism (VFR), there has been little econometric evaluation of the relationship. The present analysis draws upon Australian data to identify a strong quantitative link between migration and VFR tourism. It also demonstrates a strong link between migration and other forms of tourism. Indeed the latter are almost equally as strong as the links between migration and VFR tourism. This unexpected finding has implications for policymakers and for conceptualising the migration-tourism relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-143
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Australia
  • Migration
  • Tourism demand
  • Visiting friends and relatives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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