International Geographical Union Pre-Conference Symposium
10–13 November 2011

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile


Conference Theme

Tourism and Heritage: Challenges for Conservation Geography Heritage is an important resource for tourism. Globally tourism activities based on the attractiveness of different kinds and scales of heritage resources are growing which provides opportunities for development, socio-economic benefit creation, conservation support, education and learning, for example.

Heritage tourism, including cultural, ethnic and indigenous tourism, can also empower local cultures and people and support cultural identities and traditions. However, growing tourism and the use and creation of heritage sites can also produce challenges and conflicts that relate to over utilization of heritage sites, power issues in participation and cultural representations and misuse of heritage related socio-cultural meanings and values in tourism. Therefore, tourism geographies, conservation geography and heritage tourism development call for further discussions, research and critical thinking on sustainable heritage management.

The overall purpose of this symposium is to discuss the geographical aspects of heritage tourism, including cultural and natural heritage and related issues, and focus on the opportunities and challenges based on growing tourism interest in heritage. A special aim is to stimulate discussions on conservation geography and tourism studies.

Conference Topics
Potential themes for presentations include, but are not limited to:

    Heritage Tourism -Cultural Tourism
    Ethnic and Indigenous Tourism
    Community-Based Tourism
    Urban Heritage and Tourism
    Tourism and Heritage Conservation
    Heritage and Tourism Impacts
    Heritage Management -Conservation Geography and Tourism
    Governance of Heritage in Tourism Development
    Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Resources
    Cultural Landscapes and Tourism
    Wilderness and Tourism -Local Identities, Heritage and Tourism
    Cultural Representations in Tourism
    Biodiversity and Geodiversity in Heritage Tourism
    Globalisation, Heritage and Tourism

Conference Events

    The conference includes a one-day excursion.

    Several post-conference excursions are available. See the Conference Program page for more information.

Conference Organizers

     Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso Instituto de Geografia
    Commission on the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change of the International Geographical Union / UGI Géographie du Tourisme et des Loisirs et Changement Global
    Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, Northern Arizona University

Conference Program and Registration

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