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From Migrants to Tourist-agents: Women’s Practices of Visiting Ancestral Homes and Hosting VFR Visitors

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START DATE 24 February 2016
START TIME 12:00pm

Committee Room 2, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BQ

END DATE 24 February 2016
END TIME 02:00pm

A Tourism Policy Research Group Public Seminar

Because of dominant beliefs about ‘their caring natures’, migrant women are not only more likely to perform frequent visits home related to provision of emotional and health support, but are also more likely to host Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) visitors

Reporting findings from a project on highly skilled migrant women and the nature of their bi-directional visits, this presentation focuses on the negotiating roles of being a migrant, tourist and tourist-agent. For returning women, at first, meticulously pre-planned trips to ancestral homeland are rarely portrayed as ‘leisure’. This however changes over time and migrant women become engaged in tourism activities by organising customised tours in their homeland for partners, friends and work colleagues. 

Hosting VFR visitors also involves designing trips for visitors of different interests, professions and incomes, yet it has an important leisure aspect, contributing to women’s psychological well-being and their adaptation. This presentation by Hania Janta builds upon theories from fields of mobilities, migration and tourism and helping to unify the hitherto disconnected research fields. 


Hania Janta is Senior Lecturer and Head of Doctoral Programme at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey. Hania has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters including outlets such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management and Journal of Further and Higher Education.

To book, contact Gulizar Karaca. Lunch is provided.

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