GenZ seminar: Building resilient destinations in times of global changes

GenZ organises a hybrid seminar "Building resilient destinations in times of global changes" on 7th of November. The seminar aims to extend the current understanding of resilience thinking in tourism and provides new perspectives on enhancing the resilience of tourism destinations in times of shocks and changes.
GenZ seminar: Building Resilient Destinations in Times of Global Changes

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Tellus Backstage

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When: Monday 7th November (9am to 3.30pm EEST)
Where: University of Oulu, Tellus Backstage & online (Zoom)
Organizer: GenZ project (Profi4) in collaboration with the Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu
Contact: Assistant Professor Siamak Seyfi, siamak.seyfi@oulu.fi

The enormous increase in the number of disasters and crises affecting tourism globally has highlighted the significance of resilience building in the industry. While tourism has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy in recent decades, it is likely to be one of the worst impacted during a crisis. Its profound decline due to emergency measures and travel restrictions to combat the COVID-19 outbreak has brought forth the importance of resilience. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is far reaching with numerous destinations also grappling with other major stresses, shocks and crises. In response to the growing significance of the resilience and sustainability of destinations, the key aim of this is to provide new perspectives on how to (re) build a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient tourism in times of shocks and changes.

Keynote speakers will be the distinguished experts in the field:

  • C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Richard Butler, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Marina Novelli, University of Brighton, UK
  • Robin Nunkoo, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
  • Stefan Hartman, NHL Stenden University, The Netherlands

Seminar programme

08:45–09:00 Coffee/tea

9:00-9:10 Welcome and opening, Pentti Haddington, GenZ project Director, University of Oulu

9:10-9:15 Overview of the seminar, objectives and flow, Siamak Seyfi, University of Oulu

09:15–10 The meaning(s) and implications of resilience for tourist destinations (online) Richard Butler, University of Strathclyde, UK

10-10:45 Building resilient tourism destination futures in a world of uncertainty C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

10:45–11:30 Resilient tourism regions: adaptive capacity and resourcefulness (online) Stefan Hartman, NHL Stenden University, The Netherlands

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30–13:15 Resilience in Tourism: New Normal vs. Old Tensions & the Quest for a Better future, Marina Novelli, University of Brighton, UK

13:15-14 The need for resilience and sustainability in tourism: An interdisciplinary research perspective, Robin Nunkoo, University of Mauritius, Mauritius

14-14:15 Coffee break

14:15-15:15 Panel: (re)building sustainable, inclusive and resilient tourism post-COVID-19

Panelists:

  • Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu
  • C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Juulia Räikkönen, University of Turku, Finland
  • Henna Konu, University of Eastern Finland
  • Robin Nunkoo, University of Mauritius

Moderator: Alberto Amore, University of Oulu

15:15-15:30 Closing Remarks, Siamak Seyfi & Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu

Register for the seminar here

Last updated: 10.10.2022