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AAG Call for Papers - RTS session 'Geographies of tourism, business and sustianability

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  • Alison Gill
    Dear All: The sessions are getting organized! - Please find below (and attached) a new CFP for a session jointly sponsored by RTS, Development specialties
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2013
    Dear All:
    The sessions are getting organized! - Please find below (and attached) a new CFP for a session jointly sponsored by RTS, Development specialties group, and the IGU Commission on Tourism and Global Change

    Looking forward to seeing many of you in Tampa.


    **Note: A List of all RTS CFP's for Tampa can be found at:
    http://www.geog.nau.edu/rts/sessions/2014-CFPs.html* (thanks to Alan Lew)

    Call for Papers:
    Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, Tampa, April 8-12, 2014

    Geographies of tourism, business and sustainability

    Joint session sponsored by the AAG Recreation, Tourism & Sport Specialty Group, the AAG Development Geographies Specialty Group, and the IGU Commission on Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change

    Session organisers: Regina Scheyvens (Massey University) and Tim Coles (University of Exeter)

    The contribution of corporate enterprises to a more sustainable world is invariably embedded within the rhetoric of corporate responsibility. In the tourism sector there are a number of motivating factors which are encouraging businesses such as hotels and tour operators to embed greater responsibility in their business practices, including pressure from shareholders, tourism watchdog groups, consumers, environmental organisations, and host country governments. In response, tourism businesses have inter alia implemented environmental sustainability measures, examined their procurement strategies and training schemes, and contributed to social development programmes. Ideally such initiatives should lead to greater benefits for the peoples and environments in which tourism businesses operate; however, doubts persist about whether outcomes match rhetoric while a number of critical concerns have been raised about the motives and outcomes for apparently acting more responsibility.

    This session aims to examine ways in which tourism businesses are actively seeking to contribute to sustainable development, to probe the effectiveness of CSR activities, and to evaluate the nature of the partnerships tourism businesses are engaging in with the state and/or communities. Papers submitted for this session might address some of the following questions:
    • What factors are motivating the shift towards more responsible business practices?
    • What environmental, social or economic initiatives are tourism companies supporting in the name of corporate responsibility?
    • How do these initiatives vary across international markets or geographical spaces and why?
    • How might we conceptualise a shift from profit-driven business to more socially-oriented business, in particular as it relates to the changing nature of the state and the involvement of local communities?
    • What opportunities and risks are associated with businesses playing a stronger role in ‘social good’ functions, such as community development?
    • What influences the ability of the private sector to fulfil a community development role?
    • What roles can communities play in effectively negotiating with tourism businesses: that is, how do they exert agency when partnering with the private sector?

    We would be especially interested in receiving proposals dealing with larger travel and tourism ‘corporates’, although research on SMEs is also welcome. We are also interested in research on businesses from other sectors of economic activity that use travel and tourism-related initiatives as means of articulating a more responsible approach to their business.

    If you are interested in participating in the session: in addition to registering your abstract for the conference on the AAG website, please submit a copy to Regina Scheyvens (r.a.scheyvens@...), cc to Tim Coles (T.E.Coles@...) no later than 20th October 2013. Other formal dead-lines: Registration for the conference via the AAG Annual Meeting online submission portal by the 23rd of October 2013 (the early bird fee); final versions of abstracts to the AAG system submitted by the 3rd of December 2013 (see: http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers). If you need further information about the session, don't hesitate to contact us.
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