The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) considers tourism to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the world’s economy and a major driver of economic development. However, is this growth fair? Tourism is amazingly complex, with the many sectors of the industry using natural, social and cultural resources as the reasons for travel and entertainment of the relatively rich. In a world where the gap between the rich and the poor is ever widening, how does this play out in tourism destinations? The symposium considers issues of equity and fairness in urban and rural destinations and in developed and developing countries. We consider how destination populations can fight back, how specialists such as Unions and Scientists can speak for those without a voice, and how tourism can be a force for good if managed properly and with foresight.
CABI and the Division for Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies, School of Law and Social Sciences, London South Bank University invite you to register now.
Speakers now confirmed:
Mark Watson/Peter Bishop, Tourism Concern
Rebecca Hawkins, Responsible Hospitality Partnership
Johannes Novy, Cardiff University, UK
Fabian Frenzel, University of Leicester, UK
Arne Witt, CABI-Africa
Kevin Curran, Vice Chair of the Central London Hotel Workers’ branch of Unite the Union
Panel discussion hosted by David Harrison, Middlesex University, UK
Tickets are £10 for general admission and £5 for students - but all ticket holders will be entitled to use £5 of the ticket price against the purchase of a CABI book on the day.
1pm arrive: tea and coffee
1.45 Introduction: Duncan Tyler (LSBU) and Claire Parfitt (CABI) - Why tourism and social justice matter academically and in the real world
2.00: Mark Watson / Peter Bishop of Tourism Concern: overview of social justice and tourism from 30 years’ experience
2.30 Social Justice and Tourism – urban and rural
2.30 Johannes Novy: Tourism cities and protests
3.00 Fabian Frenzel: Tourism slums and social justice
3.30 Arne Witt: Tourism, invasive species and social justice for local communities
4 - 4.30 Tea and coffee
4.30 Social Justice and the Hospitality Industry
4.30 Kevin Curran: Unethical London: UNITE
5.00 Rebecca Hawkins: Social Justice and hospitality
5.30 - 6.00 Panel discussion (hosted by David Harrison, Middlesex University)
6.00 - 7.00 Networking for academics and practitioners - Wine and food