Member's debate Social Tourism

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SNP MSP John Mason lead a debate on social tourism on 30 April 2013.

Social tourism is a term that describes efforts to include people living on low income, dealing with physical or mental impairment or experiencing other disadvantage, in holiday and leisure activities.

In his motion Mr Mason highlights what he considers the positive enhancement of the quality of family life through equitable access to high value rest and recreation regardless of disadvantage or poverty and believes that partnership working between tourism and welfare sector partners can improve the quality of family life for those parents and children who experience disadvantage as a result of poverty through the provision of and by promoting access to holidays and other recreational activities.

The SNP MSP considers the significant economic and social benefits brought by social tourism programmes in countries such as France, Spain and Belgium and thinks that increased social tourism initiatives in Scotland would be of benefit to both struggling individuals and families.

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