Colorado State University will host the Tourism Naturally Conference, a free virtual conference that highlights trends in the nature-based tourism industry.
The event will take place on October 26 and 27. The theme of this year’s conference is “Protected Areas, Tourism and a Changing World”.
The CSU Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Center for Protected Areas Management are hosting the 2022 conference. Industry researchers, practitioners, private sector partners and communities will discuss the impact that protected areas and nature have on humans and the tourism industry.
“Nature provides measurable mental and physical health benefits to those who have access to these spaces. As such, a global struggle exists not only to restore damaged ecosystems, but also to stimulate greater access to natural areas, especially for marginalized communities,” said David Knight, conference co-chair and assistant professor in the Department. human dimensions of natural resources at CSU, said in a press release. “Tourism Naturally fosters crucial conversations to inspire industry action to address these issues.”
As noted in the conference news, “In many parts of the world, protected areas have closed tourism visits and experiences due to loss of funding, wildlife protection, the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 and more. This has led to the collapse of local economies, loss of jobs and spikes in illegal extractive activities. Dramatic shifts in global climate change, deterioration of human health, uncertainty economy and a population disconnected from nature have impacted the industry.Tourism Naturally aims to address these important topics.
The conference will provide student engagement and early-career professional engagement. Some sessions will be for people interested in careers in tourism.
More information, including the list of speakers, can be found on the conference website at bit.ly/3rTJOUu.
The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend.
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