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Sustainable educational tourism and the acculturation of international students from the Global South

Ilkay Yorganci (Faculty of Tourism, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Turkey)
Mahtab Sadrimovahed (Faculty of Tourism, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Turkey)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 26 February 2024

Issue publication date: 29 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this study is to understand the acculturation experiences of international students in order to maximize their academic and social experiences which, in turn, can facilitate the development of sustainable educational tourism in the host country.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a qualitative methodology and semi-structured interview techniques, 40 international postgraduate tourism students from the Global South were interviewed.

Findings

The findings in this study demonstrated that the main problems faced by these students are inadequate funds and language difficulties.

Originality/value

This study highlighted the fact that although the number of international students is growing all over the world, for most of the students from poorer parts of the world, being an international student is fraught with difficulties. It also demonstrated that although acculturation stress is a serious concern, lack of adequate funding assumes greater importance for students from a poor background.

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Citation

Yorganci, I. and Sadrimovahed, M. (2024), "Sustainable educational tourism and the acculturation of international students from the Global South", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 26-37. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-01-2024-0001

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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