Mountain Tourism in a Rapidly Changing World: International Perspectives

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Specialty Group
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Maryland A, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Rudi Hartmann, Marius Mayer, Sanjay Nepal
Chairs: Rudi Hartmann


Mountain areas worldwide are often inhabited by marginalized people, and are especially vulnerable due to the impacts of global change. For many predominantly rural and peripheral mountain regions, tourism has become an important source of income and job creation, and social and cultural revival. However, the nexus between tourism and global change in mountain areas shows a Janus face: Tourism is both one of the major drivers of change in these areas, and at the same time it is subject to the consequences of global change, for instance global warming and its repercussions on snow reliability or natural hazards.
Thus, mountain tourism is an ideal topic for geographical analysis due to its inherent and complex intermingling of economic, social and environmental factors shaping its experience and influencing its development. In addition to the usual multi-scalar perspective in geography, research on mountain tourism always has to consider the vertical as well as seasonal dimension.Both show often strong influences on tourism development in terms of the range of possible leisure activities.
The mountains of the world are nevertheless highly diverse in terms of climate, geomorphology, population, culture, land use, tourism development, etc., and are consequently confronted with a wide array of often completely different problems and trends. For example, if one compares valleys in the Himalayas, the Andes or the European Alps, challenges and opportunities in those valleys are as diverse as their topographic and landscape forms. From a human geography perspective, recent approaches such as resilience, evolutionary economic geography, choice modelling, amongst others, are relevant to mountain tourism issues.
The session aims to (a) identifying current international trends in mountain tourism (climate change adaption, migration and demographic change, changing social and cultural practices connections of ski areas, technology diffusion etc.) and their often intermingling consequences, (b) analyzing disparities in mountain tourism development on different spatial scales and (c) assessing and dis


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Presenter Sanjay Nepal*, University of Waterloo, Ethnic identity, social hierarchies, and ethical tourism: Porters’ perspectives on trekking and mountaineering tourism in Nepal’s Khumbu (Everest) region 20 9:55 AM
Presenter KALPANA BHAKUNI*, University of Delhi, Ecosystem Services of Nainital Lake in Tourism Enterprise 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Marius Mayer*, University of Greifswald, Spatial planning and protected areas as approaches for limiting ski tourism development – examples from the Eastern European Alps 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Rudi Hartmann*, University of Colorado, Towards a further globalization of the ski resort industry: Implications and issues 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Natalie Ooi*, Colorado State University, Examining the resilience and adaptive capacity of mountain resort destinations: Moving beyond the sustainability efforts of mountain resorts 20 11:15 AM

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