As we gear up for the United Nations-designated 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development—and tourism becomes increasingly recognized as a significant tool to drive responsible economic, social and environmental development—our team is gearing up for speaking engagements at a number of key conferences around the world:
Visiting Research Scholar Jeremy Sampson will be representing the International Institute of Tourism Studies at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawai’i on September 3rd from 8:30AM to10:30AM. The IUCN is a global conservation organization focused on the sustainable use of natural resources. Sampson’s presentation on Regional Sustainable Tourism Initiatives as Conservation Change Agents is jointly organized by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the International Institute of Tourism Studies at The George Washington University School of Business.
Executive Director Seleni Matus will be teaching a course on cultural heritage tourism at the 18th Annual American Indian Native Alaskan Tourism Alliance conference at the Tulalip Resort & Casino on Monday, September 12th. Click here for details.
Dr. Hannah Messerli, our newly appointed Dwight D. Eisenhower Research Professor and Tourism Policy Chair (and GWU alumna) will be at the Adventure Travel and Trade Association Conference on September 22nd in Anchorage Alaska, where she’ll be presenting the 2016 Annual Adventure Travel Scorecard, a publication of the ATTA and the International Institute of Tourism Studies. The scorecard assesses the readiness of countries around the world to host adventure travelers using ten different criteria.
Seleni Matus will also be delivering a keynote address at The Summer School in Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Development, which will take place in Akureyri, Iceland – October 5th to 9th. Co-organized by the Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism (FEST) and the European Travel Commission (ETC), the conference aims to address the role of transformative tourism projects in generating a sustainable visitor economy.
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