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The issue of Social tourism (the title of which is a much contested term) has been on the European agenda for a number of years. In Ireland, while there is a multitude of Social tourism provision there is little or no recognition for it at an official level, with the largest share of provision being at the voluntary / NGO level. At the same time, across Europe a variety of official structures promote 'tourism for all'.
This paper reflects on the various approaches that could be taken to promote Social Tourism and have it recognised as an agenda item for Irish policy makers, and concludes that in the current economic climate, a business case needs to be made.
Griffin, K., Stacey, J.: Social Tourism & Sustainable Policy: a natural fit, or a forced relationship? Paper presented at Social Tourism as Policy Innovation, 2nd seminar of the NET-STaR: Network for Social Tourism and Regeneration, University of Westminster, London, October, 2011.