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Tourism : An International Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol.60 No.4 December 2012. -

Although the term -roots tourism- gained widespread academic attention, it remains relatively unknown

in Slovenia despite the country-s considerable Diaspora with over 350,000 persons of Slovene origin living

in diff erent continents. Based on an empirical study of Slovene-American and Slovene-Australian ethnic

communities, this paper examines the main characteristics of this segment of the tourism industry. Results

show that visits of the Slovene-American and Slovene-Australian ethnic communities to Slovenia had an

impact not only on their sense of family-ancestral heritage, but have also enhanced their identity as Slovene

descendants. Th e respondents reported that in some cases their trip became an emotional -pilgrimage- rather

than a -tourist journey-. Furthermore, the survey indicates that roots tourism has a signifi cant impact on the

local and national Slovene economy.

roots tourism; Slovene-American Diaspora; Slovene-Australian Diaspora; visit characteristics; Slovenia

Autor: Miha Koderman - ; Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska, Slovenia



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