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First Laurance Paper launched

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Comparative study looks at what support is provided in the UK, in the rest of Europe and beyond.

Commissioned in 2013 from Dr Scott McCabe of Nottingham University, the study investigates current trends in Europe and elsewhere. It analyses how social tourism already works in practice, with a comparative analysis of all 28 EU countries. It goes into more detail with case studies from Spain, France, Italy and Belgium, and outside the EU from Brazil, Russia and China.Laurance Paper2

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The report examines the various ways in which social tourism is paid for – state-funded schemes, regional ventures, charities and private foundations – and it looks at the net effects it has on national economies in terms of tax revenue and jobs created. It considers the personal benefits that social tourism brings to individuals, and the economic benefits to the state that ensue in terms of social and medical welfare savings. And it appraises the effect that the downturn in the global economy in recent years has had on social tourism provisions.

In many countries, providing funds and mechanisms to enable disadvantaged people to take part in holidays and leisure activities is well established and commonplace. Social tourism is rated as “well-developed” in 10 of the 28 EU member states, while in others its status ranges from “relatively well-developed” to virtually non-existent. Its rating in the UK is a modest “developing”, on a par with Bulgaria and Latvia. It is hoped that this report will help to advance that development by demonstrating what can be done, and the various ways in which it can be achieved.

The Laurance Papers

The Family Holiday Association is delighted to name this study as a Laurance Paper; the first in an occassional series of academic papers. Pat and Joan Laurance founded the the charity in 1975 and naming this series of papers after them is to honour the contribution made by this remarkable husband and wife team. Joan is 92 and still very interested in the activities of the charity. Patrick died in 2009.

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