2nd Call for Abstracts: Tourism as Development in Asia (AAG 2013)
RTS Session for the AAG, Los Angeles Meeting, April 2013
Tourism as Development in Asia
According to the UN World Tourism Organization (2012), the largest growth in tourism over the coming decade is expected to take place in the Asia-Pacific region, where arrivals are forecasted to increase from 204 million in 2010 to 535 million by 2030. As one of the world's largest industries that generates millions of jobs globally, tourism is often heralded as a means for economic development and poverty alleviation. However, its influence on host destinations and their surrounding natural environment is complex and remains a subject of contentious and continuous debate. How can tourism positively impact the livelihoods of those who need it most? Does this booming sector offer hope or hindrance for marginalized peoples in Asian countries?
This session will examine tourism as a development strategy within the context of developing and developed nations in Asia. Possible topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:
- Urban and rural economic development
- Local development and community empowerment
- Sustainable tourism (including responsible, pro-poor, and alternative tourism; ecotourism)
- Sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing
- Protected areas and resource management
- Political economy of tourism development
- Backpacker tourism
- Entrepreneurship and regional development
- Cultural and heritage tourism
- Cross-cultural learning and education
Enquiries are welcome. Please submit abstracts (no more than 250 words) to the session organizers no later than October 15.
United Nations World Tourism Organization [UNWTO] (2012). Tourism Highlights. Madrid: UNWTO.