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Social tourism and its contribution to sustainable tourism

McCabe, Scott

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Scott McCabe


Social Tourism has gained wide recognition for the benefits it brings to citizens who would otherwise not be able to participate in tourism. Social tourism also delivers benefits to the tourism industry, to destinations and to provide a positive return on investment for governments. However, whilst policy makers extol the virtues of social tourism, programmes have struggled to remain resilient under pressure on public finances caused by the Global Financial Crisis. This paper reviews the contributions of social tourism to sustainable tourism, critically assesses their potential to drive sustainable tourism in the future and makes recommendations for European policy makers.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 15, 2017
Publication Date Jan 19, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 13, 2018
Journal Cuadernos Económicos de Información Comercial Española
Electronic ISSN 0210-2633
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 93
Keywords social tourism, sustainable tourism, tourism policy
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