'Poverty, Social Exclusion and Holidaying ? Experience and Policy in an Irish and European Context'

The School of Hospitality Management and Tourism and the Tourism Research Centre at DIT are holding a seminar entitled 'Poverty, Social Exclusion and Holidaying ? Experience and Policy in an Irish and European Context' on Tuesday, 21st October 2008.


This seminar builds on recent Combat Poverty Agency funded research conducted by the seminar organisers which represented the first analysis of the extent and nature of 'Tourism for All/ Social Tourism' provision in Ireland. The study?s findings attest to the multiple ways in which access to annual holidaying can contribute to the promotion of social inclusion and develop benefits for people living in poverty, including rest, recuperation, improved well-being and has implications for social standing, self-worth and identify formation.

The seminar seeks to

  • Deepen understanding of Tourism for All provision and related issues among key stakeholders working to tackle poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion ? policymakers, practitioners and academics
  • Stimulate discussion among the key stakeholders towards establishing a Tourism for All policy agenda
  • Establish links with those working in the field both nationally and internationally with a view to establishing a network of expertise to facilitate future information/experience exchange and inform the development of Tourism for All policy and provision

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Lynn Minnaert, University of Westminster UK
  • Luc Gobin, Tourism Flanders Belgium
  • John McDonald, Family Holiday Association UK
  • Marie Magdeleine Hilaire, Vacances Ouvertes France

For further information or to register your interest in attending this event, please contact Jane Stacey at the Tourism Research Centre on 01 814 6093 or email jane.stacey@dit.ie.

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