VFR Travel Analysis
Age group of respondents is crucial in determining which age category travel more than the rest. Based on the results, the age of respondents between 18-30 on both Zimbabwe to South Africa and South Africa to Zimbabwe travellers participate more in VFR travel than the rest of the category as observed by Seaton and Palmer (1997). The least of VFR travellers is above 65 years of age. This is true in developing countries of based on this research, however in developed countries the age group above 65 is considered the most active in VFR travel as observed by Seaton and Palmer (1997). Employment status and occupation also contribute to the development of regional tourism through VFR travel. The higher the employment rate of VFR travellers the more they are likely to travel and to spend at a destination. This is evident in this study that both groups of travellers are employed. Furthermore, the more educated VFR travellers are the more they participate in VFR travel. This factor is linked to employment status thus shows the importance of VFR …show more content…
Based on the results, the majority of Zimbabweans VFR to Zimbabwe resides in South Africa. This is further supported argument that 46% of Zimbabweans stay in Gauteng in areas such as Berea, Hillbrow and Yeoville and about 50% in other areas (Chereni, 2014). The influence of travel can also be added to the typology of VFR travel. The results of this study show that the majority of VFR travellers are influenced by relatives and friends and a few by other reasons. Influence of travel act as motivation that contribute to the development of regional tourism. The number of times visited by VFR travellers contributes to the expenditure pattern which is the main focus of this study. The majority of both travellers repeat visits to both countries with a maximum of 1-5 times, in which repeat visit mean that more expenditure on goods and services.
The expenditure of VFR travel is determined by evaluating all the expenses at a destination. Based on this study, the first variable that contributes to the spending of VFR travellers is household income. The more disposable income travellers have, the more they are likely to travel. it is evident from the results that both categories of travellers had almost the same values of household income. In some instances the Zimbabwe to South Africa travellers had more income than the South