Vol. 1 No. 1 (2008)

Educational Tourism: a Conceptual Framework

Published August 6, 2020
László Árva
College of Szolnok
Erika Könyves
College of Szolnok
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Árva, L., & Könyves, E. (2020). Educational Tourism: a Conceptual Framework. Economica, 1(1), 30–37. https://doi.org/10.47282/ECONOMICA/2008/1/1/4384

Though educational tourism has already emerged in the early times in Europe, the theoretical analysis of educational tourism is relatively recent. The firts books on educational tourism were only published in 2003. In Hungary the weight of educational tourism is not hight - less then 1% of tourism arrivals and less than 4% of total tourism spending - but per capita spending is the highest among tourists arrivinh in Hungary with educational purposes. Surprisingly  tourists arriving for longer than one day with an educational purpose had more than 100% higher spendig during the last couple of years than tourists arriving for more than one day with business purposes. Because this high spending educational tourism is very important for the towns, where foreign students pursue their studies. Not only foreign student mobility can be regarded as educational tourism but internal student movement as well. Students who live other towns and who come to a town to entrol at a university have important contribution to the economy of this town - just like the non-educational, traditional tourists to do.