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Tourism and social policy: the value of social tourism

By Lynn Minnaert, Robert Maitland and Graham Miller

Abstract

Social Tourism for low-income groups forms part of social policy in several countries\ud of mainland Europe, but little research evidence of its benefits exists. This study\ud empirically examines these benefits in terms of increases in social and family capital. Interviews\ud and focus groups were conducted with participating families and their support workers,\ud in a semi-longitudinal research design. Social Tourism was found to increase family\ud capital in the short term, and social capital—in terms of social networks, related pro-active\ud behavior and self-esteem—in the medium term. These increases can be seen as beneficial\ud for the participants and to wider society. Consequently it is suggested that Social Tourism\ud may be a cost-effective addition to social policy. Keywords: Social Tourism, low-income,\ud social capital, family capital

Topics: UOW1
Publisher: Elsevier
OAI identifier: oai:westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk:6878
Provided by: WestminsterResearch

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