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Erasmus students in Portugal:
from students to tourists and advocates
                 
Suzanne Amaro1*, Cristina Barroco2 , Carmen Martins3 and Joaquim Antunes4
   
Received: 01/05/2018 Accepted: 10/11/2018
        
1Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Viseu, Campus Politécnico, 3504-510 Viseu, Portugal, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; telephone: +351 232 480500; Fax: +351 232 424 651
2Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Viseu, Campus Politécnico, 3504-510 Viseu,Portugal, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
3Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB, United Kingdom, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
4Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Viseu, Campus Politécnico, 3504-510 Viseu, Portugal, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
*Corresponding author
 
Coordinating editor: Stanislav Ivanov
   
Abstract
      
Although there are several studies examining the benefits of the Erasmus student mobility programme on student’s professional career and academic development, there is scarce literature focusing on how they are similar to tourists and can promote tourism in the country where they did Erasmus. This study interviewed 16 students from 10 different nationalities that have done Erasmus in Portugal, in order to examine their travelling behaviours and how they may contribute in promoting Portugal. The findings reveal that Erasmus students are similar to tourists, contributing to Portugal’s Tourism not only by their travelling behaviour, but also by the visitors they receive and because of the posts of Portugal on social media. Furthermore, after their Erasmus experience, they become advocates, recommending Portugal to family and friends.
   

Keywords: Academic Tourism, destination promotion, Erasmus students, recommendation, tourism development

    
Citation: Amaro, S., C. Barroco, C. Martins and J. Antunes (2019) Erasmus students in Portugal: from students to tourists and advocates. European Journal of Tourism Research 22, pp. 94-106
    
 
European Journal of Тourism Research