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Wessex Sustainable Tourism 2014 Conference

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International Conference on Sustainable Tourism

The 6th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism was held in Opatija, Croatia, July 8th to 10th by the Wessex Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Complutense University of Madrid and the Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia. The conference convened 32 scientists and experts to personally present their research and was broken into: tourism and protected areas, rural and heritage tourism, sustainable tourism development and strategies.

The Sustainable Tourism conferences offer a forum to discuss the varied components of tourism phenomena, ranging from biophysics, to socio economic and cultural aspects, as well as field studies and academic research on the entrepreneurial and institutional side of the industry.

The presentations were on topics with both vast geographical and subject diversity such as the effects of climate change on Alpine Winter tourism to the impact on Ghost crab populations on South Africa’s recreational beaches and on to the hiking journey along the Abraham Trail (Masar Ibrahim) in Palestine.

Amongst the cutting-edge subjects presented was the keynote address by Professor Ulrike Probstl-Haider ‘Green meetings: Eco certification of sustainable events in conference and business tourism.'

- Api-tourism: Transforming Slovenia’s honey traditions into a unique travel experience
- Ecotourism: sustainable indigenous policies and its effects in the Mayan communities of Southern Mexico
- The cultural landscape as a cross cutting resource for tourism products in low density rural territories of North West Portugal
- Portscape tourism in Japan from night boat tours to view the magical lights of Kawasaki port to scientific ice study tourism in Mombetsu
- The influence of park governance on tourism development in Kinabalu Park, Malaysia Borneo
- The perception of gastronomic events within the framework of sustainable tourism development
- From mystification to ‘cultural openness’: Gearing local communities for ‘tangible-intangible’ rural tourism development in North-East Nigeria

These diverse presentations serve to underline that tourism is an effective developmental tool because

“Through interpretation is understanding, through understanding is appreciation and through appreciation comes the desire to protect."

The papers were reviewed and accepted by the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other colleagues, thus ensuring the quality of this information.

All the papers published since the first meeting on Sustainable Tourism in 2004 are part of the WIT Transactions in Ecology and the Environment and archived in the Wessex Institute’s eLibrary (http://library.witpress.com) where they are permanently and easily available to the community and also available in book form.

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