［出版］VFR travel generated by international students: The case of Japanese students in Australia
国際観光学研究センター（CTR）の客員特別研究員を務める慶應義塾大学大学院政策・メディア研究科後期博士課程の柏木翔氏と、永井隼人CTR研究員（本学観光学部講師）、古谷知之慶應義塾大学総合政策学部教授の共著論文が、観光研究の国際誌Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journalに掲載されました。
VFR travel generated by international students: The case of Japanese students in Australia
Sho Kashiwagi, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Hayato Nagai, Faculty of Tourism, Wakayama University
Tomoyuki Furutani, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Tourism : An International Interdisciplinary Journal
Vol.66 No.1 March 2018.
The visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market is one of the largest and most rapidly growing global tourism markets. Although much research has been carried out on this market since the early 1990s, these studies have largely been in the Western context, with Asian VFR travellers receiving little attention. To extend our understanding of the international VFR market, this study focused on Japanese international students studying in Australia. Through a series of in-depth interviews with 26 students, their roles and experiences as VFR hosts and the behaviours of the VFR travellers who visited them were explored. The results show that the majority of the students not only played important roles in motivating their friends and relatives to visit their study destinations but also recognised these roles. A number of unique behaviours on the part of Japanese VFR travellers, such as accommodation use and information searches, were also observed. The study's findings extend our understanding of the VFR market. The study suggests that international students are important resources for tourism practitioners because they can trigger international visits by friends and relatives.
international students; VFR hosts; VFR travel; Japanese; Australia