Culture, Sustainability, and Place: Innovative Approaches for Tourism Development
Thursday, October 12 2017 All Day

The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In this context, this conference will explore the place and roles of culture within sustainable tourism and local sustainable development.

The conference follows from transdisciplinary work on investigating cultural sustainability across Europe and other international efforts to highlight and understand the roles of culture in sustainable development, and to develop and strengthen our cultural bridges to nature.

It aims to bring together artists working with ecological and sustainability issues, cultural heritage and cultural sustainability researchers, local development actors, and tourism practitioners. It will shine a spotlight on issues and approaches to operationalize the inclusion of culture in sustainable tourism for local and regional development, within a co-learning interdisciplinary context.

The conference will consist of keynotes, plenary panel sessions with discussions among researchers, artists/creators, and practitioners, thematic presentation and exchange sessions, interactive workshop sessions and pre-conferences based on place-based artistic practices, professional development seminars (focused on linking cultural/creative and tourism initiatives).

There will be pre-conference workshops on October 10, 2017. 

  • Workshop 1: Deep Mapping with Artist’s Books, hosted by Darlene Kalynka and Kathleen Scherf, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
  • Workshop 2: Walking through the Camera Obscura, hosted by Ernie Kroeger and Donald Lawrence, Thompson Rivers University, Canada

Key themes

  • Culture–nature connections
  • Relationships between cultural sustainability and environmental sustainability
  • Cultural trends in sustainable tourism
  • Tourism as a vehicle to explore cultural landscapes and heritage
  • Tourism experiences and the sustainable representation of authenticity
  • Cultural mapping and deep mapping as tools for sustainable tourism development
  • Artistic inquiry into issues of sustainable culture and tourism
  • Understanding place through creative activities and expressions
  • Representations of heritage through a cultural tourism lens
  • The relationship between sustainable tourism and local development
  • Cultural sustainability and tourism
  • Relationships between artistic practice, audience development, and tourism
  • Linking cultural/creative and environmental tourism initiatives
  • Gastronomy, culture, and place

Earlybird registratio begins on 1 March 2017. 

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores Portugal

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