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Investigating tourist flows from South Africa to the United Kingdom. Has the visa regime caused the decline, or are there other factors ? (A qualitative study)
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examined the causes of declining tourist flows. The aim was to establish the effect of visa restrictions on South African nationals travelling to the United Kingdom. In addition, it was sought to determine if other factors influenced the decline in South Africans nationals visiting the United Kingdom. Qualitative interviews were conducted with travel agency personnel, to gain an understanding of travel patterns and market trends (over a number of years) for South African nationals visiting the United Kingdom. A survey was conducted with South African nationals who qualified as potential travellers to the United Kingdom. The survey was a quantitative means to evaluate information gathered from the qualitative interviews. It also served as a means of triangulation. Responses from survey respondents confirmed findings gathered from qualitative interviews, while also indicating the relevance of the visa restriction being the most significant deterrent for South Africans when deciding to visit the United Kingdom. In light of these findings, it is suggested that the United Kingdom simplify the visa application process and reduce the visa cost, by extending the validity of the standard visa, in order to reduce the resentment and negative feelings South African nationals towards the United Kingdom visa requirement.

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2019.
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Degree Project in Sustainable Destination Development ; 19 012
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385361OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385361DiVA, id: diva2:1323946
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Sustainable Destination Development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Destination Development (60 credits)
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Available from: 2019-06-28 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved

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