The volume of geographic research relating to tourism has grown exponentially over the last three decades in line with the global growth of tourism. Geographers have actively sought to build stronger conceptual bridges between several sub-disciplines of geography (e.g., urban geography, regional development, economic geography, transport geography, and political economy) and the field of tourism studies (which has also benefited from various disciplinary approaches coming from the social sciences). Importantly, the so-called 'turns' in the social sciences, including those that have influenced human geography (e.g., the spatial turn, the mobilities turn, the relational turn, the evolutionary turn, and the critical turn) have certainly left an imprint on the manner in which we understand tourism.
Yet, a complex, evolving mosaic of technological, environmental, economic and sociopolitical forces (e.g., the rapid rise of the platform economy, the growing perception of threats related to global climate change and a worrying geopolitical arena) have invited a wide array of novel applications of the extant theory while also offering a sense of foreboding for the future of tourism itself. In this panel discussion, invited speakers will offer their perspectives on applying tourism geographies in these uncertain times and discuss whether we are heading towards the end of tourism (geographies)?
|Introduction||Dimitri Ioannides Mid-Sweden University||10|
|Panelist||Arie Stoffelen University of Groningen||10|
|Panelist||Sanjay Nepal University of Waterloo||10|
|Panelist||Keith Debbage University of North Carolina At Greensboro||10|
|Panelist||Patrick Brouder Vancouver Island University||10|
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