Place and the Tourist Experience: Heritage, Sustainability and Economy
Following the success of the previous six International Conferences on Tourism (ICOT) held in Greece, China, Cyprus, U.K. and Italy, and the strong support by the international scholarly community, the 7th ICOT conference will be held at the MICE Excellence Centre (MICExCMU), Faculty of Economics, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
Conference Aims and Scope
Places, as tourism destinations, are highly complex and multi-faceted. Given the centrality of places in the tourist experience, a deeper understanding of the complexity of external and internal pressures, challenges and opportunities that places are increasingly faced with is worth exploring. The standardization of places is one of the most recent and significant manifestations of globalization. To this end, tourism, which is widely recognized for its contributions to economic development, is also posing threats, creates problems and further contributes to places’ unintended process of homogenization worldwide. Within this context, a place’s heritage can stand as a potential source of differentiation and a powerful force for generating tourism demand. This year’s conference calls for more research and dialogue around the most relevant policies and management approaches needed to ameliorate problems and sustain places’ distinctiveness and heritage without sacrificing their economic development.
Bearing all place related themes and issues in mind, this conference aims to add to the debate around the heritage, sustainability and economics of places as tourism destinations by stimulating discussion and exchange of ideas between tourism professionals, academics, researchers, policy-makers, consultants, practitioners, government officials and postgraduate students from all tourism-related fields.