Trips of the Tongue: Turismo idiomático en Barcelona

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Title Trips of the Tongue: Turismo idiomático en Barcelona
Trips of the Tongue: Language Tourism in Barcelona
Creator Aliaga, Blanca
Corno, Veronica
Iglesias, Montserrat
Luengo, Carla
Puigneró, Juan
Subject Turismo educativo; turista idiomático; estudiar en el extranjero; alumnos internacionales
Educational tourism; language tourist; study abroad; international students
Description Este artículo da cuenta de la situación del turismo idiomático en Barcelona (España) a raíz de un proyecto de investigación realizado en CETT-UB Campus de Turismo, Hotelería y Gastronomía. Se identificaron los proveedores de turismo idiomático que operan en Barcelona y los servicios que ofrecen, se examinó el perfil del turista idiomático, se estudió cómo afecta el alojamiento a las relaciones entre los turistas idiomáticos y la comunidad anfitriona, y se analizó la influencia de los turistas idiomáticos en los miembros de la comunidad con los que interactúan. Para lograr dichos objetivos se diseñó una investigación exploratoria con un enfoque cualitativo basado en entrevistas en profundidad a residentes locales y proveedores de turismo idiomático. Los resultados obtenidos evidencian que Barcelona tiene una variada oferta de turismo idiomático, proporcionada por intermediarios de intercambios académicos, agencias de turismo idiomático, academias de idiomas e instituciones de educación superior. La opción de alojamiento preferida por el turista idiomático suele ser el apartamento compartido para poder disfrutar de una mayor independencia en vez de alojarse con familias anfitrionas, hecho que le permitiría integrarse mejor y aprender más español. Su principal motivación al elegir Barcelona como destino académico es la propia ciudad y sus atractivos.
This article reports on inbound language tourism in Barcelona (Spain) as a result of a research project conducted at CETT-UB School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy. The language tourism providers operating in Barcelona were identified, the services they offer were pinpointed, the language tourists’ profile was examined, the effect of accommodation on the relationship between language tourists and the host community was studied, and the influence of language tourists in the local community members they interacted with was analysed. In order to achieve these objectives, an exploratory research was designed with a qualitative approach mainly based on in-depth interviews with local residents and language tourism providers. According to the main outcomes, Barcelona has a varied language tourism offer provided by third party exchange providers, language tourism agencies, language schools and higher education institutions. Language tourists’ favourite accommodation option is usually shared apartments so as to be more independent rather than staying with host families, which would allow them to integrate better and learn more Spanish. Their main motivation for choosing Barcelona as their academic destination is the city itself and its attractions. 
Publisher Universitat de Barcelona

Date 2018-07-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Artículo revisado por pares
Format application/pdf
Source Ara: Revista de investigación en turismo; Vol. 8, Núm. 1 (2018); 7-20
Ara: Journal of Tourism Research; Vol. 8, Núm. 1 (2018); 7-20
Ara: Revista de Investigación en Turismo; Vol. 8, Núm. 1 (2018); 7-20
Language eng
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