Marianne Schapmans is running the Holiday Participation Centre in Visit Flanders, which aims to strengthen the lives of people in poverty via a holiday experience. She is currently launching the Connect Your Story project, in partnership with ISTO & the World Tourism Organization (UN) and is the ignitor of many change processes in her organization and network. In her work, she adapts the ideas of Appreciative inquiry and Re-authoring work.
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The International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO), initially created under the name International Bureau for Social Tourism (B.I.T.S.) in 1963, is an international non-profit making organization whose mission is to promote access to leisure, holidays and tourism for all i.e. young people, families, senior citizens and disabled people. It also wishes to promote sustainable and solidarity tourism to the benefit of the local population and with respect for natural and cultural heritage.