Gap year Travel Alternatives: Gen-Y, Volunteer Tourism and Global Citizenship

Goodfellow Publishers Limited
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Tourism and Demography, 2011, 1, pp. 101 - 116
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Accounting for over one-twelfth of world trade and by far the largest movement of people across borders, international travel has been promoted by governments and the tourism industry as an important facilitator of global citizenship. It has been commonplace in the tourism literature to argue that tourism can and does function as an important contributor to the development of the attributes of global citizenship such as international and cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and sharing of values, mutual support, disabusing of stereotypes and exchange of values (Ketabi, 1996). Notwithstanding this global mobility, evidence of global citizenry and the tolerance it promotes is far from ubiquitous.
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