Start Submission Become a Reviewer

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

Download

A- A+
dyslexia friendly

Articles

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

Authors:

Lynn Minnaert ,

About Lynn
Dr Lynn Minnaert is a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer at the University of Westminster. She has been involved in social tourism research both in Britain and in Flanders over the last five years. Her PhD study concentrated on the effects of social tourism on participants. In 2007-2008, she conducted a stakeholder survey and best practice study in Flanders, Belgium. Correspondence to: Dr Lynn Minnaert, Centre for Tourism Research, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS.
X close

Marianne Schapmans

About Marianne
Marianne Schapmans is depute-director of the investment department of Tourism Flanders & Brussels. She’s is coordinating the Holiday Participation Centre since the end of 2006. Youth policy, international youth work, social cohesion, poverty and social tourism are a few key words in her professional life the last 10 years. In 2007-2008, she cooperated in the stakeholder survey and best practice study in Flanders, Belgium. Correspondence to: Marianne Schapmans, Depute director – coordinator, Holiday Participation Centre, Tourism Flanders & Brussels, Grasmarkt 61, 1000 Brussels.
X close

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. In dit artikel wordt sociaal toerisme gepresenteerd als een sociale interventie. Het Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité beschouwt toerisme als een middel tot het opbouwen van netwerken, persoonlijke ontwikkeling en sociale integratie. Mensen die normaliter door emotionele, financiële of gezondheidsredenen niet op vakantie kunnen, worden door sociaal toerisme in staat gesteld wel op vakantie te gaan. Dit sociaal toerisme heeft veelal de vorm van dagtripjes en binnenlandse vakanties. De publieke sector van diverse Europese landen ondersteunt deze initiatieven voor sociaal toerisme, en doet dat door publiek-private samenwerkingsverbanden op te richten. Een van deze samenwerkingsverbanden is het Steunpunt Vakantieparticipatie van Toerisme Vlaanderen, België. Dit artikel beschrijft een initiatief tot sociaal toerisme in Vlaanderen, presenteert de grondslagen van dergelijke initiatieven tot sociaal toerisme en geeft een overzicht van onderzoeksbevindingen naar het sociaal toerisme als sociale interventie.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.171
How to Cite: Minnaert, L. & Schapmans, M., (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. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.171
Published on 25 Sep 2009.
Peer Reviewed

Downloads

  • PDF (EN)

    comments powered by Disqus