Re-evaluating well-being outcomes of social tourism: Evidence from Finland
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CitationVento, Elli. Tammi, Timo. McCabe, Scott. Komppula, Raija. (2020). Re-evaluating well-being outcomes of social tourism: Evidence from Finland. Annals of tourism research, 85, 103085. 10.1016/j.annals.2020.103085.
This study contributes new findings on well-being outcomes in social tourism initiatives. Based on a two-stage survey of 371 respondents of the largest Finnish Social Holiday Association, including a control group, we assess subjective well-being, experience of inclusion and family outcomes. Positive effects on satisfaction with life, leisure time, mental health, family, social life, employment and economic situation and others were observed, but weaker associations and no effects in other areas such as learning or family cohesiveness. The findings suggest previous studies of well-being over-simplify positive outcomes associated with holidays, the advanced methods employed enable a nuanced analysis of holiday benefits. The study contributes to theory on well-being outcomes for disadvantaged tourists and outlines implications for social tourism organisations.