Social Tourism

Global Challenges and Approaches

March 2021
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    15th March 2021
  • ISBN 9781789241211
  • Language English
  • Pages 280 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Social tourism - the practice of offering programs, events, and activities to enable all population groups to enjoy tourism - is of increasing interest to academia. Beginning with an introduction to the social tourism concept, its relevance and target groups, this book then provides reflections about emerging topics and case studies of programs in action across Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. It considers the tourism experience from the point of view of each population group (young people, families, senior citizens, and disabled people), before covering the impacts of social tourism initiatives on both participants and tourism destinations. It concludes by reflecting on the practical challenges and policy implications emerging from theory and practice, highlighting common challenges and identifying guidelines for designing social tourism initiatives.

Joana Lima

Joana Lima is an Assistant Professor at the University of Évora (Portugal) and a researcher at the CIDEHUS Research Unit (University of Évora) and GOVCOPP Research Unit (University of Aveiro). She holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Coimbra (2005), a Master in Tourism Management and Development from the University of Aveiro (2009) and a Doctoral Degree in Tourism, also from the University of Aveiro (2015). She participated in several research projects on social tourism in Portugal, integrates the research team of the Alentejo Sustainable Tourism Observatory, and is also a member of the Alliance on Training and Research in Social and Fair Tourism – ISTO. Her research interests include social tourism, family tourism, tourism social and economic impacts, accessible tourism and the tourist experience.

Celeste Eusébio

Celeste Eusébio is an Assistant Professor of Tourism and a researcher at the GOVCOPP Research Unit at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). She holds a Degree in Tourism Management and Planning from the University of Aveiro (1995), a Master in Economics from the University of Coimbra (1998) and a Doctoral Degree in Tourism, also from the University of Aveiro (2006). She is at present the coordinator of the Degree in Tourism at University of Aveiro. She coordinated two research projects of INATEL regarding the economic impact of its social tourism programs for seniors. Her research interests include tourism economics, tourism impacts, tourism forecasts and consumer behavior in tourism.

inclusive tourism; development of social tourism; tourism for seniors; low-income tourism; tourism and children; holiday camps; social innovation in tourism; tourism and disability; social mobility