Special Issue "Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) Travel in a Post-COVID World"

A special issue of Tourism and Hospitality (ISSN 2673-5768).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2022) | Viewed by 1324

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Elisa Zentveld
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Guest Editor
Department of Tourism and Management, Federation University, PO Box 663 Ballarat, Australia
Interests: visiting friends and relatives (VFR) travel; family tourism; family violence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Visiting friends and relatives (VFR) travel is a significant form of travel worldwide. Consistently, researchers have highlighted how little research has been undertaken in the field of VFR travel despite it representing such a large form of tourism in many countries around the world. VFR travel has been identified as representing the largest form of travel in many different countries. It is also the oldest form of travel. Still, research in the field has been undertaken on a relatively small scale given its size, whereby scholarly research on this topic commenced just over three decades ago. 

COVID-19 has impacted travel in a significant way, and VFR travel has been identified as a first-mover ‘market’. Whilst many forms of tourism are considered a luxury and have been paused, reconnecting with friends and family has become a priority for many people. 

It is important to generate new knowledge relating to VFR travel that can stimulate thinking amongst tourism researchers and also assist tourism practitioners in a COVID and post-COVID world. Accordingly, this Special Issue is timely as it is important for scholarship and industry. 

For this Special Issue, Elisa Backer (Elisa Zentveld – who publishes under the surname of Backer) is serving as Guest Editor. 

Papers are invited from new and existing researchers in VFR travel. VFR travel relates to many aspects, and researchers are invited to consider the following topics (this is an indicative rather than exhaustive list of themes):

  • The relationship between VFR travel and events in a COVID and post-COVID environment
  • Marketing to VFR travelers
  • Size, profiles, and characteristics of VFR travelers
  • The relationship between VFR travel and migration
  • Case studies in VFR marketing campaigns by industry
  • Cultural components relating to VFR travelers
  • Push/pull theory of VFR travel
  • The role and impact of the VFR host in VFR travel
  • The profiles and characteristics of visiting friends versus visiting relatives
  • Impact of VFR travel on quality of life (QoL)
  • Relationship between VFR travel and commercial accommodation
  • Connection between VFR travel and tertiary education
  • VFR travel in crisis/disaster recovery
  • VFR travel and second home travel
  • VFR travel and social tourism.

Dr. Elisa Zentveld
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • VFR travel
  • visiting friends and relatives
  • COVID-19
  • tourism
  • family tourism

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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