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Tourism, Progress and Peace - An International Conference, Jordan, Dead-Sea-Hotel, 24.-26.03.2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   

The Tourism, Progress and Peace - An International Conference

in JORDAN, Dead Sea Spa Hotel, March 24-26, 2011,

will focus on Travel Industry's Impact on Diplomacy, Cultural Understanding,  and Prosperity

The realities of the 21st Century, including globalization, the EU enlargement, immigration, terrorism, home-grown terror, made and natural catastrophes, extremism, wars and geo-political conflicts, stereotypes, perceptions, greed and rising poverty, necessitate a closer look at the role of tourism in contributing to a more peaceful world.

Abstract Submission

You are invited to submit abstracts (approximately 200-350 words) words to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than November 15, 2010. All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged and decisions on acceptance will be provided by November 25th 2010. All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on: theoretical and empirical significance; methodological soundness; relevance to the theme of the conference and logical clarity. The official language of the conference is English.

About The Venue: Dead Sea Spa Hotel

The hotel is ideally located at about 408 meters under the sea level. It’s one-hour drive from International airport and 45 minutes from the Capital (Amman).The resort village is designed as a wide and open area with a free view of the sea and an impressive surrounding. 

Introduction to the themes of the conference
In an exploratory study by Var and Ap (1998) about the relationship between tourism and peace, the peace variable was associated with a high degree of uncertainty, with one third of respondents providing a neutral response to the statement “I believe that tourism promotes world peace”. The authors proposed that this uncertainty might have arisen from a definitional problem with the term ‘peace’. They explained that many respondents may have associated peace with an ‘absence of war’ and that the concept that would be most appropriate in the context of tourism and peace is that of ‘harmony and harmonious relations’. Therefore, a constructive discussion of peace and tourism demands no less than a definition that is less parsimonious than the ‘absence of war’.... (see attached).

This conference will also  serve as a platform to continue the ATLAS discussion related to the OECD tourism conference to be hosted in Jerusalem and to issues such as:

The role of the academic besides teaching and research, and outside the confines of our paid employment.

Tourism as a political force

Tourism and terrorism

Tourism and human rights

Tourism as a social force

Solidarity tourism

Political tourism

Tourism boycotts

Reflexivity in tourism research
Tourism and globalization

Tourism and industry initiatives

(more themes related to the tourism and peace propositions are announced in the attachment)

 

Conference goals

Promote a culture of peace through tourism

Promote best practice in tourism

Promote ethics in tourism

Encourage tourism and peace research

Offer a venue for academics, practitioners, policymakers, politicians and the media to discuss the role of tourism as a “potential” agent for world peace


For more information visit http://www.tourismprogressandpeace.com/index.html.
 
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