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Social tourism: global challenges and approaches.

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This book analyses social tourism across the world, exploring the theoretical foundations of this type of tourism with examples of practical implementations. Part II is composed of case studies discussing the historical evolution of the concept and implementation of social tourism in different parts of the world. This discussion also results in the identification of challenges and opportunities fo...


Chapter 2 (Page no: 5)

Social tourism in Greece: a brief history of development from the interwar years to the COVID-19 era.

This chapter illustrates the process of social tourism development in Greece, from the interwar years until the present day. The chapter first sets the discussion within the context of the country's turbulent political, social and economic background, throughout most of the past century, which has exercised significant influence on the development of Greek tourism in general, and social tourism specifically. It then identifies and presents two main phases of social tourism development, highlighting important initiatives and key players that contributed to the incremental evolution of social tourism programmes in Greece, and also events that impeded their implementation and smooth running. Specific emphasis is given to the past four decades, since this time period has largely shaped the contemporary form of Greek social tourism programmes. Therefore, the chapter explicates the close linkages between the establishment of the modern Greek welfare state in the early 1980s, and the development of social tourism as we know it today. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion on the developmental process of contemporary Greek social tourism over time, and the important socioeconomic implications of its current practice in the aftermath of the Greek financial crisis, and in the midst of the refugee crisis in Europe, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Lima, J. Eusébio, C.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 18) Social tourism in Mexico: evolution, challenges and future development. Author(s): Estrada-González, A. E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 30) Challenges and opportunities for development of social tourism in Finland. Author(s): Komppula, R. Vento, E.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 41) Benefits of social tourism programmes for seniors: the case of the INATEL Foundation in Portugal. Author(s): Carneiro, M. J. Eusébio, C. Kastenholz, E. Alvelos, H.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 56) Social tourism programmes for seniors: the case study of Slovenia. Author(s): Gabruè, J. Medarić, Z.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 72) Social tourism for seniors in Spain: an example to be followed? Author(s): González, E. A. Domínguez Vila, T. Sánchez, N. L.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 83) 'We need a vacation': social tourism initiatives for low-income families with children with disabilities. Author(s): Eusébio, C. Pedrosa, M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 96) Disabled children as legitimate research participants: a topic omitted from tourism research? Author(s): Shiraani, F. Carr, N. Rutherford, G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 109) 'The best holidays I ever had': the benefits of social tourism programmes for children at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Author(s): Loureiro, C. Eusébio, C. Figueiredo, E.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 126) The financial accessibility of children's camps: a French challenge to renew their popularity. Author(s): Michel, X.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 140) Social tourism for low-income families: challenges and practical implications in pursuing social innovation. Author(s): Lima, J. Eusébio, C.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 158) What, and who, is social tourism? The roles of the public, private and voluntary sector in social tourism provision in Flanders, Belgium. Author(s): Minnaert, L.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 169) Social tourism policies: critical reflections. Author(s): Diekmann, A. McCabe, S.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 179) Social tourism - global challenges and approaches in the future. Author(s): Eusébio, C. Lima, J.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • School of Business and Management, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus Campus, Larnaca, Cyprus.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2021
  • ISBN
  • 9781789241211
  • Record Number
  • 20210096983