[URBANTH-L](Repost) CFP: Tourism in Asia (Leeds)

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Sat Jan 21 16:56:01 EST 2006

[Apologies ... The previous version of this announcement did not include
contact information. -AJ]

Call for Papers

Tourism in Asia
10-12 June 2006, Leeds Metropolitan University
 Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Deadline for Abstracts: January 31, 2006

The conference will consider new research into tourism in Asia, covering
current business trends as well as historical and cultural aspects.
Particular trends identified which will be discussed are the increasing
volume of Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean tourists visiting
Southeast Asia, the rapid growth of tourism in the Greater Mekong
Sub-region, and tourist flows between the Indian sub-continent and Southeast

Globally, tourism analyses tend to focus on Western tourists impacting upon
Asian societies, whereas in many Asian countries the market is now dominated
by domestic tourists or nationals of neighbouring countries. To address the
lack of research in this area, key themes for the conference are domestic
and intra-regional travel and regional cooperation in tourism.

Abstracts received so far cover industry, developmental, ethnographic, and
historical aspects of tourism in Asia, and cover individual countries
throughout the region as well as intraregional processes.

Running in parallel to the main conference are two, day-long seminars, both
aimed principally at the tourism industry and NGO personnel. One focuses on
inbound tourism from Asia to northern England ('Rose and Peony') and the
other considers outbound tourism from the UK to Asia ('Dragons and Tigers').
Delegates to the main conference may attend either of these seminars at no
extra charge.

Conference Themes:

The main foci of the conference will be the response of the Asian tourism
industry to new and changing markets for leisure, business and religious
tourism in terms of:

The use of tourism as a strategy for regional and local economic growth
Business responses in distributing and marketing tourism products (for
instance the use of e-communications)
Educational responses to the need for greater volume and sophistication in
facilities provision
Government and industry responses to threats to tourism (such as heightened
fear of international terrorism)
The diversity within the categories of 'tourists' and 'hosts'
The variation in tourist experiences and encounters, including nature-based,
heritage, cultural, shopping and theme tourism
The preferences, motivation and behavioural patterns of tourists in Asia
The viability of using natural and cultural heritage tourism as a means of
poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation
The interconnectedness between tourism-generated changes and other processes
of change
The creation of tourist cultures
The ways in which global and regional messages and images are interpreted in
local settings
The objectification, classification, and signifying of ethnicity by the
The reaction of minority and marginal populations to national forces and
international requirements

Papers focusing on government policy and strategy developments, ethnographic
perspectives, industry perspectives, comparative studies, and case studies
based on research evidence are all welcome. It is expected that many of the
papers will be informed by the need to create a responsible, long-term
industry and by an awareness of the ethics of tourism.

Conference Participants:

The conference is aimed at academics and students involved in research into
tourism in Asia, tourism professionals wishing to gain greater insights into
this growing market, and development practitioners keen to understand how
tourism contributes to local and regional economies and how tourism can be
used as a development tool.

The conference will take place from 10-12 June 2006 and is hosted by Leeds
Metropolitan University. It is organised jointly by the Department of East
Asian Studies, Leeds University and the Tourism, Hospitality & Events School
of Leeds Metropolitan University.

Abstracts should be submitted by January 31 2006. Abstracts will be reviewed
and authors notified by February 14 2006. Full papers should be submitted
(electronic version) by May 31 2006.

Cost for the full three days is £190 for full delegates (includes conference
dinner and lunches but not other meals and accommodation). Student rate is
£75 (includes lunches but not conference dinner). For scale of charges
(including day rates) click here.

People presenting papers must register for the conference:

Principal contact in the first instance is: Dr. Janet Cochrane, Leeds
Metropolitan University. If your email will not go through, please try
jecochrane at onetel.com as an alternative.

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