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UPCOMING THINK TANK: THINK TANK XIX
Call for Papers
"Creating Sustainable Tourist Experiences"
June 30 – July 3, 2019, San Francisco, California (USA), hosted by
Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, San Francisco State University
We warmly invite you to the BEST EN Think Tank XIX to be held in San Francisco, California (USA) from June 30 – July 3, 2019 in conjunction with the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, San Francisco State University.
The theme of Think Tank XIX is “Creating Sustainable Tourist Experiences”.
Experiences are at the core of tourism. People travel seeking memorable and rewarding experiences - travelers want to learn, discover, and undergo unique experiences. Experiences are at the core of tourism; people travel seeking opportunities for memorable and rewarding experiences. As consumers become more sophisticated, helping them create memorable experiences contributes to value and competitive advantage. To date, most attention has been paid to the sustainability of the infrastructure, facilities, products and services that support tourist experiences, with little discussion of sustainability of tourist experiences themselves or their potential to ignite a passion for sustainable lifestyles.
In 2018, the BEST EN Think Tank focused attention on the development and marketing of sustainable tourism products and services. Although tourist experiences are inextricably linked to tourism marketing, many of the 2018 papers focused on the tourism sector rather than the nature of the experiences that tourists seek and talk about. The 2019 BEST EN Think Tank aims to build on the 2018 meeting and explore in more detail the sustainability elements of the tourist experience. It will examine two key questions;
- how do we ensure the activities that are the core of tourists’ experiences are sustainable?
- how can we use tourist experiences to encourage greater sustainability in all their travel and in their everyday lives when they return home?
The focus of our collaborative Think Tank is on the joint production of outputs including teaching support materials, the BEST EN Online Lecture series and a research agenda. As with previous Think Tanks, outputs will be accessible to all (under a creative commons license) for further development and use in teaching and research (e.g.