Health tourism and health promotion at the coast

Authored by: Peter Kruizinga

The Routledge Handbook of Health Tourism

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138909830
eBook ISBN: 9781315693774
Adobe ISBN: 9781317437505


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In this chapter we discuss the role of the coast in health tourism and for health promotion. In the first section an overview is given of the recent literature regarding the coast as a therapeutic landscape and health effects of the coast; in the second section a short genealogy is given on the developments of coastal health tourism; in the third section coastal health tourism is framed in the broader debate on medicalisation, lifestyle and consumerism and the growing body culture. In the next section a case study is presented of the construction of the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands into a ‘healthy region’, in which health tourism is an essential part. We conclude with some recommendations, both for further research and for the tourist industry.

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