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The Network for Social Tourism and Regeneration, NET-STaR, will be holding the first of a series of seminars, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to discuss and develop the potential of tourism for regeneration and social policy.

NET-STaR will create a network to explore the potential of social tourism as a regeneration strategy in the UK, drawing on scholarship from tourism, family and social policy, regeneration and spatial planning. The first seminar will cover "Mapping the territory: social tourism in regeneration and social policy".
This seminar is designed as an evening reception to launch the seminar series and will  bring together academics, policymakers and industry figures to examine existing academic work and debate policy experiences

Speakers include:

  • James Berresford – Chief Executive, Visit England
  • John McDonald – Director, Family Holiday Association
  • Charles Etienne Belanger – Director, International Organisation of Social Tourism
  • Benedict Rickey – Philantropy Capital and John Houghton – Shared Intelligence
  • Professor Robert Maitland – University of Westminster,
  • Dr Lynn Minnaert , Dr Graham Miller – University of Surrey

The presentations will reflect the multi-faceted nature of the concept of social tourism. They draw on policy experiences and outcomes, share and critically examine existing academic work, and will identify new
research and policy directions. Delegates  encompass academics, policy makers, practitioners from the social tourism sector and representatives from tourism organizations. 
The event begins at 5pm, Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, and is free of charge. There are a limited number of places available which are being offered to University of Westminster colleagues. More information is available

If you would like to attend please would you register by contacting [email protected]