Sustainable Tourism 2010

Venue: New Forest

Location: New Forest, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jul 05, 2010 End Date/Time: Jul 07, 2010
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Sustainable Tourism 2010 is the fourth meeting organised in this successful series. The first was held in Segovia, Spain (2004), the second in Bologna, Italy (2006) and the last one in Malta (2008).

Tourism has become a major international industry, with many countries all over the world relying on the income it produces. Its economic advantages as a major source of finances and employment lead to its active promotion by governments and other institutions independent of the consequences on the environment, ecology and social structure of the affected regions.

The demands of tourism can contribute to the destruction of the natural and cultural environment upon which it depends. The natural and cultural landscape’s capacity to accommodate the local and worldwide effects of tourism, the typology thereof and its implications for the economy and society constitute very important study objectives. The development of tourism can result in the degradation of natural landscapes which paradoxically attract tourists to such areas.

Sustainable Tourism 2010 aims to find ways to protect the natural and cultural landscape through the development of new solutions which minimise the adverse effects of tourism. This can be achieved through the development of new strategies involving the active collaboration of society as a whole. Such solutions ought to cope with the continuous growth of tourism impacts on the country including culture and society.

This conference will explore issues concerned with achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability of tourism alongside the governance mechanisms needed to support sustainable tourism.It could also discuss how new resources ought to be employed to avoid the errors committed in the past and propose remedial actions when required. The meeting will also focus on empirical work and case studies from around the world, which can offer new insights and best practice guidance.

Sustainable Tourism 2010 will adopt a multi disciplinary approach and specifically aim to foster greater understanding and collaboration between scientists and social science experts, practitioners and policy makers. It will take a broad view of this sophisticated and complex industry, and will examine the practice of sustainable tourism from global travel trends through to destination and site management. Innovative solutions, including those involving ecological tourism are particularly welcome as well as cultural initiatives that will lead to better approaches to tourism with the objective of preserving the diversity of our planet.

Conference topics include:
- Tourism strategies
- Tourism as a tool of development
- Tourism impact
- Tourism and protected areas
- Rural tourism
- Community involvement
- IT and tourism
- Climate change and tourism
- Environmental issues
- Art, architecture and culture
- Modelling
- Emergent strategies for tourism development
- Landscape and tourism
- Tourism and urban planning