Handbook of Social Tourism


Handbook of Social Tourism

9781788112420 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Anya Diekmann, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and Scott McCabe, Nottingham University Business School, UK
Publication Date: September 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78811 242 0 Extent: c 336 pp
This thought-provoking Handbook considers the impact and challenges that social tourism has on people’s lives, integrating case studies from around the world. Showcasing the latest research on the topic and its role in tackling the challenges of tourism development, chapters explore the opportunities presented by social tourism and illustrate the social imperative of tourism as a force for good.

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Interest in tourism with a social imperative is gaining momentum not only amongst policy makers, but also researchers and the academy. This thought-provoking and timely Handbook considers the impact and challenges that social tourism has on people’s lives.
Integrating case studies from around the world, chapters showcase the latest research on social tourism and its potential role in tackling the challenges posed by modern, mass tourism development that can lead to sustainable alternatives and social equity in participation. Contributors explore tourism activities that are directed towards positive social and personal outcomes for people who would not be able to access leisure or holiday travel without such interventions and illustrate the social imperative of tourism as a force for good.
The Handbook of Social Tourism enables academics and students from various disciplines, as well as practitioners in the tourism sector, to obtain a more holistic understanding of this phenomenon and offers an enlightening and stimulating read. 
Contributors include: C. Billen, N. Carr, J.D. Cisneros-Martinez, V. Cops, A. Diekmann, V. Eichhorn, A.E. Estrada-Gonzalez, C. Eusebio, A. Fernandez-Morales, J. Finniear, E. Herengodts, E. Hermans, P. Hunter Jones, L. Jolin, K.I. Kakoudakis, M. Kay Smith, R. Komppula, T. Kosar, J. Lima, S. McCabe, L. Minnaert, N. Morgan, B. Prideaux, S. Pyke, J. Pyke, G. Qiao, Y. Ram, A.C. Reyes Uribe, H. Schanzel, E. Schenkel, G. Shaw, L. Sie, E. Vento, M. Vilele de Almeida, M. Vincent, J. Wooton


Section I: Historical and socio-political context
1. Social tourism in evolution, open to its socio-political environment.
Louis Jolin
2. Going on holiday: an apprenticeship.
Claire Billen

Section II: Social Tourism in context
3. Social Tourism in Latin America: Regional Initiatives and Contrasts with Canada.
Marcelo Almeida and Erika Schenkel
4. Economic benefits of social tourism: Theoretical reflections and insights for management.
Joana Lima and Celeste Eusebio
5. The rights to tourism: Reflections on social tourism and human rights.
Scott McCabe and Anya Diekmann

6. The social tourism programmes in Spain.
Cisneros-Martínez, J. D. and Fernández-Morales, A.

7. Leveraging stakeholder perspectives in social tourism: ‘Large scale listening’ for innovation.
Lynn Minnaert

Section III: Benefits and Challenges
8. Mental Health and Social Tourism: Exploring the Provider Landscape
Hunter-Jones, P . Flatt, S. Crolley, L. and Neary, K.

9. From welfare to Wellness
Anya Diekmann, Melanie Smith and Jean-Paul Ceron

10. Social tourism in the UK: The role of the Voluntary Sector as providers in a period of Austerity
Gareth Shaw, Scott McCabe and Julie Wooton

11. Nature for All? Public Transport and the Accessibility to Natural Sites
Yael Ram

12. Issues and relationships between ageing and holiday participation
Martin Vincent

Section IV: Beneficiaries: Implementation of social tourism
13. Social Tourism in Later Life
Nigel Morgan, Lintje Siehoyono Sie and Jocelyn Finniear

14. Disabilities
Vicky Eichhorn

15. Counterbalancing the effects of unemployment through social tourism
Konstantinos I. Kakoudakis

16. Empowering Family Self-Efficacy through Social Tourism
Tahira Kosar

17. Intergenerational holidays
Elke Hermans, Elien Herregodts and Veerle Cops

Section V: National case studies
18. A Social Tourism Lodging Enterprise: The French Case of VTF Holiday Villages
Ana Cecilia Reyes Uribe

19. Social tourism practices and implementation in Finland
Elli Vento and Raija Komppula

20. Social tourism in New Zealand: Uncovering ‘hidden’ needs
Neil Carr and Heike Schänzel 

21. A case study from Canada
Joanna Pyke and Sarah Pyke

22. Social tourism in China
Guanghui Qiao and Bruce Prideaux

23. Travel experience and social tourism programmes in Mexico
Adriana E. Estrada-González


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