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Stakeholder stories: Exploring social tourism networks

Minnaert, Lynn


Lynn Minnaert


Social tourism networks are uniquely diverse, as they include beneficiaries who are usually excluded from tourism participation. They often rely on collaborations with social organisations outside of tourism. This paper discusses the ‘Large Scale Listening’ project conducted by the Holiday Participation Centre, the social tourism division of Tourism Flanders (Belgium). In the project, 1004 micro-narratives were collected. After narrators told their stories, they were presented with a list of follow-up questions that allowed them to tag and code their own stories, enabling them to directly influence how their stories were interpreted. The findings of the study highlight a joint commitment to social tourism, but differences in perspectives between different stakeholder groups in terms of the travel participation enablers and inhibitors.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 4, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 17, 2020
Publication Date 2020-07
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2022
Journal Annals of Tourism Research
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 83
Article Number 102979
Keywords Social tourism, Narrative, Listening, Stakeholders, Network
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