The quantitative data supporting the idea of climate change is beyond doubt. Natural scientists, climatologists and meteorologists have produced a series of reports detailing the science and the ways in which global temperature and weather patterns are changing as a response to greenhouse gas emissions generated by human activity. Social scientists are needed to translate these grim warnings into understandable statements that we as citizens can act upon in terms of mitigation and alleviation.
At a time of increasing mobility, ease of travel and the emergence of new destinations, tourism is both a victim of, and contributor to climate change. However, this symbiotic relationship remains shrouded in fuzzy data, myths and mystery. Given that the industry servicing “people on the move’ is central to most economies and cultures, the option to ‘give up’ tourism is simply not tenable. Responsive actions must be identified to enable travel and tourism to deliver the peak experiences that tourists seek, but with a lower carbon footprint.
The conference aims to bring together practitioners, academics and other stakeholders to explore the reciprocal relationship between travel, tourism, and climate change. The question is: Can our industry take a leadership role in tackling climate change?
Industry perspectives, full papers, presentations, work in progress, and posters are invited under the following themes:
• Innovative approaches in adaptation and mitigation processes and protocols
• Reducing ‘Hotspot’ Vulnerability (i.e. destinations affected by and /or dependent on tourism)
• Emerging generating and receiving countries
• The controversial nature of Media and Marketing
• Supply Chain contributors (i.e. tour operators, airlines and other means of transport, accommodation, attractions, tourism corporations and local producers)
• Educational providers (i.e capacity building and knowledge management)
• The role of Destination Management Organizations (DMOs)
• The role of NGOs
We are particularly interested in strategic approaches to bridging the gaps between climate change and poverty alleviation (i.e. is it possible to capture the inevitable changes in the shape of tourism over the coming decades to the benefit of the developing/ majority world?)
School of Service Management
University of Brighton
Greynore2 Bldg., Darley Road, Eastbourne BN26 5HU United Kingdom
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