Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Seychelles 2017

Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

related: iy2017, seychelles, sids, tapas


November 22-24, 2017 (Conference), November 25-26 2017 (Field visits)

In the framework of the 2017 UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development this conference wishes to provide a platform for tourism professionals, academics and practitioners from other SIDS and the region to discuss an integrated practical approach to sustainable tourism in SIDS.

For this event, the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF), and the University of Seychelles (Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage) partnered up with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas’ Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS group), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Paris Tourism Sorbonne Institute of Research and Higher Education in Tourism (IREST), to organize a regional conference on sustainable tourism in SIDS, which will combine academic tourism research with practical best practice examples.

The conference aims at connecting the various stakeholders working and researching the environmental and socio-cultural development of the tourism industry, for constructive discussions and networking. The specificity of this event would be to bring together experts working in the field of protected area management and specialists in cultural site preservation, to create synergistic knowledge and fruitful exchanges.

The conference aims to produce a publication with conference presentations and results, which will be widely disseminated through our joint partner network.
  • Wednesday 22 November: registration and social event at UniSey campus
  • Thursday 23 November: Full day conference
  • Friday 24 November: Full day conference and gala dinner at partner hotel
  • Saturday 25 November: Field visit (optional)
  • Sunday 26 November: Field visit (optional)

Conference venue: UniSey campus, Anse Royale, Mahe

Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas
In partnership with the TAPAS Group, the focus areas will be will be sustainable tourism in protected areas, including terrestrial parks and reserves, marine protected areas, and World Heritage Sites:

  • Evaluating the financial and economic benefits of tourism in PAs;
  • Impacts on biodiversity of PA tourism;
  • Tourism concessions and partnerships for tourism;
  • Community benefits and socio-economic linkages;
  • Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas (e.g. IUCN Green List; GSTC Criteria and certifications, etc.)

Tourism’s social responsibility and cultural protection in SIDS
In partnership with the UniSey – TCH Department
Main questions/themes/focus areas:

  • Tools and best practices to reinstall destination ownership among local populations.
  • Tools and best practices to involve local populations in sustainable tourism and provide training opportunities, foster sustainable product enhancement etc.
  • Destination management and the application of standards and certification for heritage sites and cultural preservation in SIDS.

Audience: Tourism professionals from public and private sector, NGOs involved in tourism, academics, students.

Key Links

https://annaspenceley.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/conference-on-sustainable-tourism-in-small-island-developing-states-sids


Talking Points


  • Evaluating the financial and economic benefits of tourism in protected areas
  • Impacts on biodiversity of PA tourism
  • Tourism concessions and partnerships for tourism
  • Community benefits and socio-economic linkages
  • Destination management and the application of standards and certification tools for protected areas (e.g. IUCN Green List, GSTC Criteria, certification etc)

Twitter

@anna_spenceley
@IUCNTourism
@iystd2017
@unwto
@UnivSey




Proposal (Abstract) sent to sidssustainabletourism@gmail.com**
Planeta.com proposes a digital literacy workshop for the Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States.


Workshop
We know that many of our colleagues are doing good work but lack communication skills on the social web (collaboratively edited docs, blogs, wikis, facebook, twitter). Please note that we are not asking anyone to join Facebook or Twitter if they don't want to. They will be introduced to the existing conversations.

Participants will see how to make the most of Facebook, including the conference event page and TAPAS.
https://www.facebook.com/IUCNTourism

Participants will see how to make the most of Twitter, including who to follow and trendy hashtags.

Participants will see how to make the most of collaboratively-written resources including Google Docs and wikis. http://planeta.wikispaces.com/seychelles2017

Participants will be encouraged to upload documents and presentations into public portals, including Slideshare.
Participants will be encouraged to watch and create videos, including Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube.

Format

To be polished with the organizers. I recommend a combination of regular public hangouts / webinars that introduce the talking points and the availability of 1-1 consulting. It could also take place as a private conversation on the IUCN portal. If physically present, then with a presentation and a series of games that played on site.

TimelineJune 30 Social Media Day - Announce proposal (it's also the deadline!)

July-October - Regular workshops / hangouts

November - Co-creating and sharing videos, Google docs and wiki pages. If present physically, then with tailored workshops.

February - Announce key take-aways during Responsible Travel Week 2018.