Re: Invitation to participate in The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Inclusive Development (14-15 May 2020)
You are cordially invited to join our International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Inclusive Development which will be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on 14-15 May 2020.
You are welcome to submit the abstract to make an oral or a poster presentation as part of the conference program. For faculty members and researchers, you are also welcome to encourage your students to participate and attend this conference.
Should you have further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at MSSST@cuhk.edu.hk.
The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Inclusive Development
Master of Social Science in Sustainable Tourism
Department of Geography and Resource Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONFERENCE:
The Department of Geography and Resource Management (GRMD) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is hosting the 9th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism on 14-15 May, 2020. This conference follows the well-established series of conferences on sustainable tourism held annually since 2012, supported by the Master of Social Science in Sustainable Tourism (MSSST) programme of GRMD, CUHK. The past conferences have centred around themes such as sustainable tourism development and practices, community and environmental resilience, global-local understanding, innovation in tourism and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Bringing together brilliant minds across the globe, the conferences have successfully advanced academic conversations and facilitated collaborations among tourism researchers, practitioners and students.
The 2020 conference adopts the theme of “Sustainable Tourism and Inclusive Development”. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development formulated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2015 has set out a bold framework that steers global development towards sustainability. The agenda has defined 17 SDGs that aim at confronting global sustainability challenges and acting for people, planet and prosperity. Based on this universal vision, sustainable tourism has been advocated and supported by the UN as a key driver for development in achieving these SDGs. Looking beyond the 2019 conference that addressed the relationship between tourism and these SDGs, the 2020 conference continues to articulate the critical position of sustainable tourism and explore its role and potential in contributing to inclusivity of a sustainable world.
Tourism and Inclusivity in Sustainable Development
The 17 SDGs embrace a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental imperatives. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has affirmed the role of tourism and its enormous potential to contribute to all of the SDGs in direct and indirect ways. In particular, emphasis is placed on Goals 8, 12, and 14, in which sustainable tourism is respectively recognized as a vital force in boosting inclusive economic growth and providing employment opportunities, promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns, and supporting the conservation and sustainable use of land and water resources.
Holistically, the concept of “inclusivity” is critical among the SDGs. Inclusivity can be understood, interpreted and studied from multiple dimensions. In the context of sustainable tourism, inclusivity can be relevant to natural resource management, ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, social engagement, local community and stakeholder participation. Inclusivity must consider ecosystems, resources and people. The ultimate goal is to create a responsible and optimal use of existing resources by generating negative impacts on the destination environment and by achieving a balance in terms of economic, social and environmental aspects of the destinations.
Many of the SDGs are relevant to achieving sustainable tourism in one or another perspective, for example, economic and socio-cultural development (Goal 1 - no poverty; Goal 8 - decent work and economic growth, Goal 16 - peace and justice), equality (Goal 2 - zero hunger, Goal 4 - quality education, Goal 5 - gender equality, Goal 10 - reduced inequalities), quality of life (Goal 3 - good health and well-being), and environmental conservation (Goal 13 - climate action). More importantly, Goal 17 calls for revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development. This goal could represent an inclusivity of public and private sectors, tourists, and local people and communities to guide future development initiatives building on the previous United Nations 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, specific development proposals and opportunities related to the achievement of the SDGs.
In response to the above call for inclusive development, a number of questions should be considered and addressed:
- What are the potential challenges and opportunities when inclusivity and development are placed together in tourism?
- How does tourism embody and accelerate sustainability, and provide pragmatic and inclusive solutions to sustainable development?
- How does sustainable tourism foster economic growth that ensures a fair distribution of economic benefits among communities and stakeholders?
- How does sustainable tourism eradicate poverty and hunger, and safeguard the health and well-being of people through increasingly inclusive measures and strategies?
- How does sustainable tourism make societies more equitable and inclusive, promote education and build knowledge among people, and empower communities especially women?
- How does sustainable tourism make wise use of innovative and smart infrastructure to stimulate involvement of more people in both urban and rural development?
- How does sustainable tourism engage more local and non-local participation to fortify sustainable consumption and production patterns, assist in environmental and resource protection, and ultimately battle climate change?
- How does sustainable tourism promote global peace and understanding, and encourage engagement and collaborations among stakeholders?
- How can tourism policies, business operations and individual behaviours align with the values of the SDGs in a more inclusive perspective?
- What challenges does sustainable tourism face in its endeavour to contribute to a more inclusive mode of development?
The upcoming conference in May 2020 seeks to address these questions and beyond. It offers a platform to tourism scholars, researchers, practitioners and students to interact and debate issues relating to sustainable tourism and inclusive development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of academic dialogues and support innovative research and practices in coping with the challenges of sustainable tourism.
The Conference Organizing Committee welcomes contributions to any topical areas in the field of tourism research, and is particularly seeking contributions to the following areas:
- Engaging more local people and communities in tourism development
- Ensuring sustainable resource management by tourism
- Promoting well-being and quality of life by tourism for more people
- Advocating sustainable tourism education
- Achieving gender equality, accessibility of disabled people, and empowerment of minorities in tourism development
- Considering natural resources, species and biodiversity in land and water in tourism development
- Promoting sustainable economic growth in tourist destinations
- Building resilience and innovation in tourism
- Reducing inequality and overdependence in tourism development
- Integrating sustainable cities and tourism
- Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns in tourism
- Combating climate change and its impacts on sustainable tourism
- Protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial and marine ecosystems in tourism development
- Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for tourism development at all levels
- Strengthening global partnership for sustainable tourism development
Your presentations can be based on a range of tourism forms:
- Community-based tourism
- Cultural and heritage tourism
- Festival and event tourism
- Film tourism
- Food and culinary tourism
- Medical, wellness and health tourism
- MICE tourism
- Nature-based tourism, ecotourism and geotourism
- Pilgrimage and spiritual tourism
- Pro-poor tourism
- Research and education tourism
- Responsible and ethical tourism
- Rural and agro-tourism
- Smart tourism
- Special interest tourism
- Sport tourism
- Urban tourism
- Visiting-friends-and-relative tourism
- Volunteer tourism
Since 2012, the Department of Geography and Resource Management (GRMD) and the Master of Social Science in Sustainable Tourism (MSSST) programme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have organized thematic international conferences on sustainable tourism annually. These conferences have attracted well-known and reputable international tourism academics as keynote speakers, invited speakers and presenters to share knowledge and exchange ideas. Apart from researchers and practitioners, students from international, regional and local institutes have also attended the conferences to widen their scope of learning and to gain global perspectives on the development of the tourism industry. All participants have brought together novel ideas and empirical evidence surrounding issues of sustainable tourism.
In the past three years, we have successfully organized the following conferences:
- The 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Global-Local Understanding with 150 participants. Keynote speakers included Prof. Alan LEW (Northern Arizona University, U.S.A.), Prof. Amran HAMZAH (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia), Prof. Geoffrey WALL (University of Waterloo, Canada), Prof. Jaume GUIA (Universitat de Girona, Spain), Prof. Richard BUTLER (The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.), and Prof. Trevor SOFIELD (University of Tasmania, Australia).
- The 2017 International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Development with 120 participants. Keynote speakers included Prof. Alan LEW (Northern Arizona University, U.S.A.), Prof. Amran HAMZAH (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia), Prof. Geoffrey WALL (University of Waterloo, Canada), Prof. Honggang XU (Sun Yat-Sen University, China), Prof. Jaume GUIA (Universitat de Girona, Spain), Prof. Philip Feifan XIE (The Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China), and Prof. T. C. CHANG (National University of Singapore, Singapore).
- The 2018 International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Innovation with 100 participants. Keynote speakers included Dr. Dora AGAPITO (University of Lincoln, U.K.), Prof. Amran HAMZAH (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia), and Prof. Geoffrey WALL (University of Waterloo, Canada).
- The 2019 International Conference on Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals with 100 participants. Keynote speakers included Prof. T. C. CHANG (National University of Singapore), Dr. Cristina Ortega NUERE (Ppen University of Catalonia, Spain; and World Leisure Organization), and Jarkko SAARINEN (University of Oulu, Finland).