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Tourism as a form of social intervention: the Holiday Participation Centre in Flanders

Minnaert, Lynn and Schapmans , Marianne (2009) Tourism as a form of social intervention: the Holiday Participation Centre in Flanders. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 18 (3). pp. 42-61. ISSN 1876-8830

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Abstract

This article presents the concept of social tourism as a form of social intervention. Tourism is seen by the European Economic and Social Committee as an opportunity for relation building, personal development and social integration. Social tourism initiatives offer holiday opportunities for persons who are otherwise prohibited from taking holidays, because of emotional, financial or health reasons. These mostly take the form of domestic breaks or day trips. In several countries of mainland Europe, the public sector supports these initiatives via involvement in public-private partnerships. One of these partnerships is the Holiday Participation Centre in Flanders, Belgium. This article will frame the initiative within social tourism provision in Flanders, Belgium, present the basic principles upon which the system operates, and give an overview of quantitative research findings regarding its outcomes as a form of social intervention.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:7212
Deposited On:12 Jan 2010 15:42
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:36

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