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Introducing Inclusive Tourism

Journal article
Authors Regina Scheyvens
Robin Biddulph
Published in Tourism Geographies
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 583-588
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Unit for Human Geography
Pages 583-588
Language en
Keywords Inclusive tourism; inclusion; social integration; inclusive development; development; accessible tourism
Subject categories Human Geography


Tourism is often understood and experienced as an exclusive activity. In supporting the concept of inclusive tourism, this volume seeks to counter that tendency by seeking out ways in which those who are typically marginalized by, or excluded from tourism can be brought into the industry in ways that directly benefit them, or that they can gain more control over tourism. This introduction to the special issue first presents a conceptual article that defines the concept of inclusive tourism and discusses seven different elements, which may constitute lines of inquiry in investigations of tourism’s inclusiveness. It then presents five empirical articles that illustrate some of the ways in which an inclusive tourism approach might inform discussion of the potentials and limitations for tourism to generate wider social and economic benefits. The examples provided are from a wide range of geographical contexts, from Cambodia to Australia, Sweden, Turkey and Spain. Inclusive tourism is offered here as both an analytical concept and an aspirational ideal. We do not ever envisage minimum standards for inclusive tourism. We rather hope that there will be a restless quest to find ways to include new actors and new places in tourism on terms that are equitable and sustainable.

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