Are the Volunteer Projects Included in Package Holiday Tour? Case Study Evidence from the Slovakia and Czech Republic

  • Kristína Pompurová Ekonomická fakulta Univerzity Mateja Bela
  • Radka Marčeková
Keywords: package holiday tour, tour operators, travel agents, volunteer tourism, volunteer projects


The study approaches volunteers’ projects in package tourism, which is a predominant form of outbound leisure tourism in Europe. The aim is to study the contemporary offer of tour operators and travel agents in Slovakia and Czech Republic with emphasis on volunteer tourism. Data was obtained by mystery e-mailing based on measuring reaction to e-mail inquiry of client. The members of the Slovak Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents and members of the Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents of the Czech Republic were addressed. The research results show that the proportion of tour operators and travel agents which offer package holiday tours with volunteer activities is negligible. None of the subjects specializes in volunteer tourism as the global growing alternative form of tourism. Tour operators and travel agents that offer volunteer projects included in package tours do so only marginally.