About Me

Dr. Farhad Moghimehfar is faculty member in the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management at VIU. His research interests are framed within the context of tourism and recreation, focusing on community tourism and studies of human behaviour. Before joining Vancouver Island University, Farhad served as an instructor and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Alberta and as an Assistant Professor at University of Northern BC. He has conducted research on community tourism and outdoor recreation and provided community and professional advisory services related to recreation, tourism, and park planning in Alberta, BC, and internationally. He has served BC’s communities by providing different services ranging from advanced data analysis to designing a carrying capacity analysis system for BC South Coast parks. Farhad serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Ecotourism and has published in leading journals such as Tourism Management and Leisure Sciences, and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology.

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The birth of the first in vitro fertilized baby, followed by further advances in the field of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has made this technology one of the most attractive tourism innovations among the different categories of medical tourism. In addition, factors such as legal, moral, religious and ethical issues play important roles in choosing reproductive tourism destinations. The aim of this study was to examine the factors influencing destination choice in infertile couples who referred to the Isfahan Fertility and Infertility Center in Isfahan, Iran. Field evaluation was carried out based on a documentary survey and questionnaire completed by interviewers. Among a target group of 80 infertile couples, 67 were interviewed. The majority of participants in this study were Muslim couples who traveled for reproductive tourism to Iran. It can be concluded that religious affinity may have paramount importance in …


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The birth of the first in vitro fertilized baby, followed by further advances in the field of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has made this technology one of the most attractive tourism innovations among the different categories of medical tourism. In addition, factors such as legal, moral, religious and ethical issues play important roles in choosing reproductive tourism destinations. The aim of this study was to examine the factors influencing destination choice in infertile couples who referred to the Isfahan Fertility and Infertility Center in Isfahan, Iran. Field evaluation was carried out based on a documentary survey and questionnaire completed by interviewers. Among a target group of 80 infertile couples, 67 were interviewed. The majority of participants in this study were Muslim couples who traveled for reproductive tourism to Iran. It can be concluded that religious affinity may have paramount importance in …

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