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A Tentative Observation of Social Enterprise in Tourism: Present Status, Constraints and Future Tasks

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2010, 34(9), pp.33-49
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Yongseok Shin 1

1한국문화관광연구원

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ABSTRACT

Social enterprise has been regarded as an alternative model of job creation and socal service for weak class in capitalist society. In Korea, there also has been growing interests in social enterprise in many different fields. This article explored the potentials of social enterprise in the context of Korean tourism, which has rarely been investigated so far. Results showed that social enterprise in Korean tourism has not been satisfactory because of the four different reasons: historical backgrounds of Korean social enterprise, lack of awareness on the potentials of tourism as a social service, low academic interests in tourism and social enterprise, and technical difficulties of verification for tourism social enterprise. Based on these findings, different solutions including diversification of types and contents of tourism social enterprise and public market formation and systematic supports from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, were suggested.

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