Social Tourism

According to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an activity constitutes Social Tourism whenever three conditions are met:

  1. Real-life circumstances are such that it is totally or partially impossible to fully exercise the right to tourism.
  2. Someone - be it a public or private institution, a company, a trade union, or an organised group of people - decides to take action to overcome or reduce the obstacle which prevents a person from exercising their right to tourism.
  3. The action is effective and actually helps a group of people to participate in tourism in a manner which respects the values of sustainability, accessibility and solidarity.

Therefore, it is a tourism that allows everyone - even those with limited financial resources or reduced physical ability - to access travel and free time.

The implementation of a Social Tourism project goes through the creation of infrastructure, granting of subsidies to disadvantaged people and awareness and training of the staff working in the field.