Title: The contribution of tourism to well-being and welfare: the case of Hungary

Authors: Tamara Ratz, Gabor Michalko

Addresses: Kodolanyi Janos University of Applied Sciences, 8000 Szekesfehervar, Furdo u. 1, Hungary. ' Geographical Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1122 Budapest, Budaorsi ut 45, Hungary

Abstract: In the process of achieving well-being and welfare, tourism may act as a stimulus on many levels. Based on two national surveys conducted by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office in 2007, and by the Geographical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Kodolanyi Janos University of Applied Sciences, the paper explores the influence of tourism on the Hungarian society|s perception of well-being and welfare. The research findings indicate that although various benefits of tourism are acknowledged, it is not considered a crucial component of one|s quality of life. The analysis of socio-cultural factors indicates that age and financial circumstances affect the contribution of tourism to well-being: a person|s financial situation and age determine, to a great extent, the role of travel in their life, and consequently also influences the function of travel as a happiness-inducing factor.

Keywords: well-being; welfare; quality of life; tourism; Hungary; sociocultural factors; age; financial circumstances; travel.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2011.041968

International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2011 Vol.14 No.3/4, pp.332 - 346

Published online: 16 Aug 2011 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article