Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, Florida International University, Miami, USA, 16-17 May 2019
Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, Florida International University, Miami, USA, 16-17 May 2019
Conference Welcome Reception, Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, Florida International University, Miami, USA, 16-17 May 2019
Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, Florida International University, Miami, USA, 16-17 May 2019
Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, Florida International University, Miami, USA, 16-17 May 2019

Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies

  • 2019 Special Focus - Beyond Constraints: Valuing Diversity and Culture in the Tourism Experience
  • 16–17 May 2019
  • Florida International University, Miami, USA

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

80

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies.

20

Countries represented.

2019 Special Focus - Beyond Constraints: Valuing Diversity and Culture in the Tourism Experience

The tourism industry has the potential to take a leading role in fostering intercultural understandings, where local uniqueness and cultural diversity are both seen as assets, contributing to a memorable experience and excellent tourist product. To achieve this, the industry must confront the ways in which it can inadvertently produce meanings that exclude many from the narrative, by simplifying them into dominant, and commercial interpretations of culture and people. How then do we construct authentic and unique meanings and places, as we reflect and design culture for tourism? How can the focus be on diverse experiences and direct human interactions, as opposed to the barriers created by in tourism bubbles such as mass resorts or cruise ships?

Network Chair

 Amareswar Galla

Amareswar Galla

PhD, Chief Curator, Amaravathi Heritage Town, AP Government Board of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, India; Executive Director, International Institue for the Inclusive Museum, Australia; and Visiting Professor, School of Planning and Architecture V, Ministry of Human Resource Development, India

Conference Chair

Carolin Lusby

Carolin Lusby

Assistant Professor, Chaplin School of Hospatality & Tourism Management, Florida International University, USA

Plenary Speakers

The Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies featured plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Drew Martin

Drew Martin

Director and Professor, University of South Carolina, USA

"Moving off the Scale to Understand Visitors' Motivations and Behaviors"

Ricardo Ricci Uvinha

Ricardo Ricci Uvinha

Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Tourism, Leader, Interdisciplinary Group of Leisure Studies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Charles J. Kropke

Charles J. Kropke

CEO, Tropic Moon Holdings

Hitesh Mehta

Hitesh Mehta

President, HM Designs, Miami, USA

"Paradise under attack: Overtourism in Rural Areas”

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2019 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Carina Mansey

Carina Mansey

School of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London, UK

Lynn Beckles

Lynn Beckles

Online facilitator, University of the West Indies Open Campus, and mentor/coach working in the Caribbean and the South Pacific

Yaxin (Louisa) Li

Yaxin (Louisa) Li

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, British Columbia, Canada

Andrea Schurmann

Andrea Schurmann

Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Australia

2019 Conference Partner

Virtual Presentations

Lightning Talks

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