Authors: Marie-Pierre Guy-Dorion*, Universite Laval
Topics: Tourism Geography
Keywords: Territorial attractivity, Geography meetings, Conferences, Tourism
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Bayside A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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This study investigates the phenomenon of geography meetings in a current and international perspective. It focuses on the territorial elements that are taken into account by scientists who participate in this type of meetings. Literature has clearly shown that location aspects such as accessibility, destination image, safety or security, cost and touristic opportunities has a strong influence in the decision to participate in an academic meeting. But knowing that geographers have a developed spatial sense and interest for exploration of places, the question of how and at what point territorial attractivity intervenes in the decision of participating in a geography meeting draws itself. Using interviews, survey data and analysis of thematic, national and international associations of geographer’s history, this study aims to evaluate the importance of location in the choice of a geography meeting, to identify the factors that attract or repel potential attendance and to compare the relative importance of each of these factors. It also demonstrates the dynamic that takes place between the participants, the organisers and the location in geography meetings.