Social tourism: a potential policy to reduce social exclusion?

Minnaert, L. 2007. Social tourism: a potential policy to reduce social exclusion? 39th Annual UTSG Conference. Harrogate 03 - 05 Jan 2007

TitleSocial tourism: a potential policy to reduce social exclusion?
AuthorsMinnaert, L.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Social tourism is often presented by charities and governmental organisations as a potential means to counter social exclusion. It has more specifically been linked to potential benefits such as improvements in family relations, a more pro-active attitude to life, an improvement in the academic performance of children etc. Even though this argument is often used when promoting social tourism, there is very little research evidence that supports these claims. This research concentrates on visitor-related social tourism for low-income groups, and the effects a social holiday can have on the daily lives of the families who are offered these holidays.

The paper reports on qualitative two-stage research that has been conducted with participants of social holidays in the UK and their welfare agents. It will present findings as to how far holidays can assist with the integration of socially excluded, and this on different levels: family relations, parenting, pro-social attitudes, mental and physical health and community involvement are examples of categories used to measure change. Different types of holidays will also be compared to analyse the merits and limitations of each type (individual family holidays versus group holidays).

KeywordsSocial tourism, exclusion, social impacts, policy
Year2007
Conference39th Annual UTSG Conference

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