ATLAS Africa, the University of Botswana and the International Geographical Union's Commission of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, are hosting the ATLAS Africa Conference 2009 from 1-3 July 2009 in Botswana.
The conference is aimed at discussing the relationship between tourism and development in African context. It will also focus especially on the roles and potential of tourism for development, sustainability in tourism and relations between tourism, environment and communities. A special consideration will be given to the roles and challenges of tourism in the context of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In addition, the conference will also focus on the following:
- Discuss the nature and roles of tourism development in the African contexts.
- Explore the benefits and costs of tourism development for communities and nature conservation.
- Examine the role of tourism in sustainable development and the impacts of tourism in natural and cultural landscapes.
- Explore various ways of utilising tourism for the achievement of MDGs in different scales.
- Develop new approaches to utilise tourism for development and especially for sustainable development
- Analyse contemporary issues, practices and future changes and challenges (such as global climate change or innovation policy needs ) in tourism development and sustainability
- Provide an open forum for the exchange of views among academics, policy makers and community and nature conservation area planners and professionals.
Dates: 1-3 July 2009
Theme: Tourism for Development - Environmental Sustainability, Poverty Reduction and Empowering Communities
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