IGU Tourism Commission endorses Tourism and the SDGs Conference 2019

The Tourism Commission of the International Geographic Union (IGU) has lent official support to the Tourism and the Sustainable Development Conference 2019 (Tourism4SDGs19) taking place from 24-25 January 2019 at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. Tourism4SDGs19 will bring together scholars and tourism stakeholders for critical and constructive conversations on the challenges to tourism contributing to the SDGs, and ways in which tourism can be more inclusive, equitable and sustainable, in line with the values embedded in the Global Goals.

Says Professor Dieter Müller, Chair of the IGU Tourism Commission: “It is very timely that a conference addresses tourism in relation to the global Sustainable Development Goals. Meeting the SDGs will be decisive for how our common future unfolds. I expect this conference to become one of the most essential academic events outlining debating ways forward and outlining future research agendas for tourism not only for the Pacific region, but the entire globe. Hence, the Commission for the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change within the International Geographical Union (IGU) is happy to be able to support this important conference.”

Professor Regina Scheyvens, Conference convenor and Professor of Development Studies at Massey University adds: “We are excited to be hosting this conference at Massey University because we feel that the Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a great opportunity to rethink tourism globally. For too long, growth in tourism has been unreservedly praised while associated negative social and environmental impacts have been brushed aside. In this conference, we look forward to debating ideas on ways of transforming tourism to be a more sustainable, equitable industry. The support of the IGU Tourism Commission is indeed an honour for us. ”

The conference has lined up three world-renowned keynote speakers, Professor Susanne Becken, Johnny Edmonds and Professor Michael Hall, as well as leading scholars and industry players for the two plenary panels on Partnerships for the SDGS and Tourism and Indigenous Development, Tourism and the SDGs.

There is still time to submit abstracts in the six conference streams. The deadline for the Call for Papers has been extended to Friday, 28 September 2018.

Visit the website https://tourism-sdg.nz for information about the conference and follow #Tourism4SDGs19 and @Tourism4SDGS for announcements.

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About the IGU and IGU Tourism Commission

The International Geographical Union (IGU) is an international, non-governmental, professional organization devoted to the development of the discipline of Geography. The purposes of the IGU are primarily to promote Geography through initiating and coordinating geographical research and teaching in all countries of the world.  Its work is conducted through the instruments of its National Committees, Commissions and Task Forces. The IGU hosts the International Geographical Congress every four years and also promotes regional conferences and other meetings that further of the objectives of the Union.  The Commission on the Geography of Tourism and Leisure and Global Change is a speciality group within the IGU with the objective to examine the geographical nature of tourism, leisure and global change. The commission applies a truly global perspective highlighting development in different parts of the world and through that acknowledging tourism as a formative cause for societal and environmental change in an increasingly interconnected world. For achieving this, the commission conducts comparative research, contributes and organizes scientific conferences, and supports publications for the dissemination of geographical knowledge.

For more information or interviews contact:
IDS, Massey University, New Zealand
Professor Regina Scheyvens
Email: R.A.Scheyvens@massey.ac.nz
Heidi van der Watt
Email: H.Vanderwatt@massey.ac.nz
Tel: + 64 21 238 4295

IGU Commission Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change
Prof Dieter Müller
Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Sweden
Email:  dieter.muller@umu.se


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