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ATLAS Africa conference 2009 - Gaborone, Botswana

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  • Leontine Onderwater
    appologies for cross posting ATLAS Africa conference 2009 ... Tourism for development: Environmental Sustainability, Poverty Reduction and Empowering
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6, 2009
                                          appologies for cross posting


      ATLAS Africa conference 2009


      Tourism for development:
      Environmental Sustainability, Poverty Reduction and Empowering Communities


      University Of Botswana, Department of Management International Tourism Research Centre

      Gaborone, Botswana, 1-3 July, 2009

      The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to April 15th, 2009

      The conference website has now been fully updated. All information can be found at


      ATLAS Africa and University of Botswana are pleased to host the ATLAS Africa conference on 1-3 July 2009. The Conference is co-organised jointly with the International Geographical Union's (IGU) Commission of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change. The conference will be held at the University of Botswana's Main Campus, Gaborone.

      Tourism is a global scale industry with increasing impacts on the environment, regional and local development. In many African countries tourism provides increasingly new opportunities, jobs and economic benefits to local communities, and currently many countries in the continent see tourism promotion as a good and relatively inexpensive strategy that can be used to attract foreign direct investment through showing natural areas and local indigenous cultures. As a result of growing tourism activities many places and rural areas in the region are increasingly tied to the industry and related cultural, social, economic and political networks. At the same time tourism in the region is deeply influenced by its changing physical and social environments and larger processes such as global climate change.

      Tourism has become an important policy tool for community and regional development in Africa, including Southern Africa. Tourism has also a significant potential to influence and change the use of natural and cultural resources in the continent and region. This has highlighted the role of sustainability, management and governance in tourism development and turned tourism not only into an economic but also social and political activity that influences the wider environment in various ways. At policy level, tourism is increasingly viewed as an essential sector of regional and national reconstruction and development in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), for example. In this sense the rationale for tourism development has evolved towards the idea of tourism as a tool for regional and sustainable development and recently to a relatively new kind of ideas of tourism as an instrument of social and economic empowerment and poverty reduction. In this respect there are many regional and local development programmes that are highlighting the role of tourism in regional and sustainable development and empowerment.

      Tourism's role is also seen prospective in the global contexts such as United Nation's Millennium Project and its goals and targets. Based on this tourism could and should be used as a development tool for poverty reduction, ensuring environmental sustainability, developing a global partnership for development and the empowerment of previously neglected communities and social groups, for example. Especially the issue of sustainable tourism including the terms of community-based tourism and pro-poor tourism have been taken on central position in these goals and discussions, and sustainable tourism development is increasingly seen as a possible mechanism to break the cycles of poverty and environmental degradation and to contribute to the achievement of the UN Millennium Project's Development Goals (MDGs), especially those related to poverty alleviation, environmental conservation and empowering women and local communities.


      The conference website has now been fully updated. All information can be found at

      Leontine Onderwater
      Jantien Veldman
      Linda Gramser

      Travit - POBox 3042
      6802 DA Arnhem
      The Netherlands

      Tel: +31-26-4452699
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      ***** ATLAS annual conference 2009 *****
      Experiencing difference. Changing tourism and tourists experiences
      Aalborg, Denmark
      May 27-29, 2009

      ***** ATLAS Africa conference 2009 *****
      Tourism for Development: Environmental sustainability, poverty reduction and empowering communities
      Gaborone, Botswana
      July 1-3, 2009

      For details E-mail: leontine.onderwater@...


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