5th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism (Sustainable Tourism )

Venue: A Coruna

Location: A Coruna, Spain

Event Date/Time: Jun 13, 2012 End Date/Time: Jun 15, 2012
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Sustainable Tourism 2012 is the fifth meeting organised in this successful series. The first was held in Segovia, Spain (2004); followed by Bologna, Italy (2006); Malta (2008) and the New Forest, UK (2010). 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 finance and employment leads to its active promotion by governments and other institutions, independent of the consequences on the environment, ecology and social structure of 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 human economy and society constitute very important study objectives. The development of tourism includes degradation of the natural landscape, caused by this industry associated with the phenomenon and paradoxically, it is also associated with the high appraisal the tourist makes of places free of human presence.

Sustainable Tourism 2012 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.

Conference topics include;
* Tourism strategies
* Tourism as a tool of development
* Emergent strategies for tourism development
* Environmental issues
* Climate change and the effects of natural hazards in tourism
* Tourism and protected areas
* Art, architecture and culture
* Rural tourism
* Modelling
* Community involvement
* Tourism and the built environment
* Renovation of mature destinations
* Heritage tourism
* Medical tourism

Papers presented at Sustainable Tourism 2012 will appear in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1746-448X, Digital ISSN 1743-3541). The papers will also be archived online in the Wessex Institute eLibrary and delegates will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for possible publication in one of the International Journals edited by the Wessex Institute.