Inaugural Sustainable Tourism Symposium hailed a success
2017 is the year of International Sustainable Tourism for Development.
The first edition of the symposium ‘Progress in Responsible and Sustainable Tourism for Development’ ran very successfully on 2 November 2017. Held at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, this one-day event brought together a diverse array of tourism academics, students, tourism industry and non-profit sector practitioners to provide a platform highlighting and debating contemporary responses to the global sustainable and responsible tourism agenda from North West England and further afield.
The symposium was held this year to celebrate the United Nations’ designation of 2017 as the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’. It also marked a recognition of Manchester Metropolitan University’s status a major provider of higher education for the tourism, hospitality, and events industries.
Tourism has been taught at Manchester Met for over forty years, making the institution one of the longest-running tourism Higher Education providers in the world. Manchester Met’s status and expertise in tourism subject provision have been recognised by accreditation as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Travel and Tourism, and as an ABTA Partner Institution. The University is also recognised in the UK top ten for tourism, events, and hospitality management education (Guardian University Guide 2018).
The theme of the morning programme was ‘Tourism and Sustainable Economic Growth’, and the afternoon ‘Tourism: Sustainable Consumption and Production’. Speakers included Max A. E. Rossberg, Chairman of the European Wilderness Society; Samantha Hagon of the Lake District National Park discussing an ambitious project aimed at managing emissions at destinations; and Mark Watson presenting Tourism Concern’s innovative online ethical travel guide.
The symposium was well-attended, with delegates drawn from the tourism industry and the tourism consultant profession alongside students from a range of academic institutions in addition to Manchester Met, including Lancaster Unversity, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Manchester, University of Westminster, UCLAN, and Lincoln University.
The key goal was to promote student success and enhance employability and symposium survey feedback indicated a high level of attendee satisfaction.
Conference Chair Dr Chris Stone is Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at Manchester Metropolitan University and an academic expert in approaches to responsible and sustainable tourism.
He has been consulted by governments, industry, non-profit organisations and professional bodies are invited to speak at international conferences, and has acted as tourism external examiner for seven university institutions across the UK, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.