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The International Social Tourism Organisation is an international non-profit association, whose aim is to promote access to tourism for all, and more particularly for low-income population groups.

With its worldwide network of members, the ISTO is nowadays considered the true world organization of social tourism.

ISTO members include associations, trade unions, cooperatives, private organizations, as well as public authorities in charge of tourism.


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World Social Tourism Congress 2014 in Brazil: Register yourself today!

It is in São Paulo, Brazil that the next World Social Tourism Conference will take place from 7th to 10th October 2014. For the first time in its history, ISTO is organizing this conference in South A...
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Memorandum "Tourism for All: a European challenge"

The European Social Tourism in Blankenberge in 2013 was a time to reflect on the Memorandum that was made by ISTO in view of the elections in spring 2014. We want to raise awareness of the issue of...
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50 years of commitment in Social Tourism

This year, ISTO celebrated its 50th anniversary as International organisation that actively tries to engage in and support social tourism. For this occasion, the ceremony was held at a special venue, ...
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World Summit Destinations for All 2014

The first ever World Summit Destinations for All will be held in Montréal from 19—22 October 2014. This summit promises to take the current dialogue on accessible tourism to a new and exiting level by...
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Social Tourism: International Perspectives - The Contribution of Research

To mark 50 years of ISTO, a special publication of the Alliance was released for this occasion and was presented at the European Parliament on October 4th in Brussels.
Accessibility for all is the...
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European Social Tourism Forum & 50th anniversary of ISTO: Register now!

All information on the European Social Tourism Forum in 2013 and the 50th anniversary of ISTO is available online at the following link: European Social Tourism Forum 2013 and 50th anniversary. Here you'll find all the available presentations and speeches.

eCalypso Platform: How to join?

ISTO, together with a consortium of six organisations, has been mandated by the European Commission to develop a web platform, eCalypso.

Whether you are a Tourism Service Provider or an orga...
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Cooperation agreement ISTO - EARTH

EARTH is a European network promoting responsible and sustainable tourism in Europe. The collaboration with ISTO is based on the common values such as their involvement into the soci...
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World Social Tourism Conference 2012 - Essaouira

The International social tourism organisation held its congress in Essaouira (Morocco) on 16-19 October on the topic of “Social tourism: a vision that benefits all citizens”. This confere...
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30th anniversary of ANCV

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the National Agency for Holiday Vouchers (ANCV) conducts a tour of France with 17 regional meetings organized with partners. Culminating in a national conferen...
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New partner agreement with SEGITTUR

SEGITTUR – la Sociedad Estatal para la Gestión de la Innovación y las Tecnologías Turísticas – and ISTO have recently signed a cooperation agreement aiming to promote the Europe Senior Tourism Progra...
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Alliance International conference: social tourism in the world

Social tourism has very different meanings in different countries. Accordingly, systems as well as beneficiaries vary strongly from one country to the other. In many countries, societal changes and ch...
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ISTO and partners obtain Calypso Web Platform Project

The International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO) and its partners have been chosen by the European Commission to promote social tourism in Europe through the development of a Calypso Web platfo...
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Social Tourism in Europe

Dr Scott McCabe of the University of Nottingham, together with Dr Lynn Minnaert of the University of Surrey and Dr Anya Diekmann of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, have published ‘Social Tourism in...
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