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5th ATLAS Africa Conference 'Tourism and Wealth Creation', Kampala, UG, 27. - 29.10.2007 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   

Fifth ATLAS Africa Conference

Tourism and wealth creation

Kampala, Uganda

27-29 October 2007

Introduction

ATLAS Africa, Makerere University, and SNV-UGANDA invite you to the 5th ATLAS Africa conference in Kampala, Uganda 27th - 29th October 2007.

Tourism constitutes one of the major economic forces of the world. UNWTO statistics since mid 1970s up to today indicate that tourism is a leading sector in terms of economic development, wealth creation and employment apart from oil and petroleum and car manufacturing industries. Tourism has become a significant factor in economic growth, development and in global, national, regional and local economic relations.

The role of tourism in both international and national economies has made governments, stakeholders and academicians to develop economic indicators to measure the impacts: the number of visitor arrivals, receipts from international visitors, visitor expenditure when travelling abroad, its contribution in both international and national export earnings. UNWTO since 1999 developed Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) to specifically measure the contribution of tourism in national wealth creation, employment and investment. In the last decade concepts of sustainable tourism development and pro- poor tourism have emerged to see that tourism is used as a tool to alleviate poverty and create wealth for the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Poverty reduction and wealth creation are increasingly seen as new paradigms for economic, social, political and environmental sustainability in developing countries and disadvantaged communities in general.

For a long time, emphasis on poverty reduction and wealth creation has been focusing mostly on agricultural modernization, industrial development and infrastructure development. Particularly agricultural modernization and industrial development are constrained and marred by issues of global competition, inadequate resources, problems of market accessibility in developed countries, use of outdated technology and institutional restrictions. The absurdity is an ever-increasing development gap. The problem of developing countries is further aggravated by rapid population growth, environmental degradation, famine natural and man-made calamities and political instabilities. These issues have resulted into incurable chronic and ever increasing misery and poverty. The unique characteristic feature of tourism is where production and consumption take place at the destination making it free from institutional restrictions, outdated technology and market inaccessibility. This implies that 'new' tourism in principle can positively be used to fight poverty and create wealth at national, regional and local levels. The ideology of using tourism for economic benefit changed drastically after the Rio earth Summit, 1987. Emphasis has been put on mainstreaming local communities in decision-making and control of tourism resources to determine their economic destiny. New tourism approaches - as for example ecotourism, sustainable tourism and pro poor tourism - strive to achieve conservation, local community empowerment and grass root wealth creation. But many of these new approaches are relatively untried and untested; there is as yet no blueprint. Moreover, many questions still have to be properly addressed; what are the dimensions of poverty which tourism can address?; what should be the new roles of players in order to achieve equity at all levels of wealth generation?; what are the best approaches / models to be used to fight poverty through tourism? These and many other questions will be critically examined during this fifth Atlas Africa conference.



Conference Goals and Objectives

The goal of the conference is to discuss how tourism can be used as a major economic strategy to create wealth and fight poverty in an African context. The conference will focus on tourism resource use to create wealth, businesses of tourism, tourism in fight of local community poverty and entrepreneurial development, new policy formulation and revenue / income distribution. The conference aims to achieve the following general objectives.

  • To critically examine the dimensions of poverty and how tourism can be used as a tool to fight it.
  • To critically analyse current issues, practices, policies, future changes and challenges in use of tourism to create wealth.
  • To critically discuss existing approaches and techniques that have been used to create wealth and how the wealth created has been distributed to achieve social, economic and conservation benefits.
  • To critically assess the roles of various stakeholders in managing tourism and its resources to create maximum wealth.
  • To develop new approaches / models that can be used to create maximum wealth and adopt global and local applicability.
  • To provide an open forum for the exchange of views among academics and practitioners, local communities, various stakeholders of tourism industry and all other people and organizations involved.

Keynote speakers

The conference organizers have invited the following keynote speakers (to be confirmed):

Dorothea Meyer Dorothea Meyer joined Sheffield Hallam in 2004 after many years of working and researching within the tourism sector. Specialising in Pro-Poor Tourism (PPT), Dorothea spent several years working for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Dorothea is currently working on several projects in East Africa, and in particular Tanzania. She is also working with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to develop methodologies assessing the development impacts of FDI in tourism.
 
Rosaleen Duffy Rosaleen Duffy is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for International Politics of the University of Manchester, and before joining CIP she worked at the Universities of Lancaster and Edinburgh. She is primarily interested in notions of global governance, global environmental politics, the environmental impact of criminalisation and the politics of tourism
 
Prof. Thorme Wolfgang Prof. Thome is the immediate past president of the Uganda Tourism Association (UTA), Uganda's tourism private sector apex body, after serving as president from 2001 until 2007. During this period of time tourism underwent a renaissance and arrival numbers more than tripled to now over 700.000 visitors per annum. Of special significance is the fact that Prof. Thome has also been chairing the Rhino Fund Uganda from the year 2001, which has since then created Uganda's first private 18.000 acres game sanctuary and re-introduced presently 8 rhinos to the country, for the first time since 1982.


Call for papers


Call for papers

The organizers welcome abstracts, full papers and communications on a range of themes but not limited to:

  • Poverty, tourism and use of tourism in poverty alleviation;
  • Different approaches of wealth creation and their application in tourism industry;
  • Small and medium tourism enterprises and their role in income generation and wealth creation;
  • Mass - sustainable - pro poor tourism: The changing faces and their implications in poverty eradication and wealth creation;
  • Tourism, private enterprises and community benefits;
  • Tourism in protected areas, local community participation and wealth sharing;
  • Entrepreneurial development and investment in tourism sector;
  • Tourism, economic policies and planning; the implications on wealth generation;
  • Tourism in rural development;
  • Tourism, gender and wealth creation;
  • Local-global relations in tourism and its impact on wealth creation;
  • Tourism organizations, NGOs and public in tourism development and poverty alleviation;
  • Tourism, vulnerable groups and their empowerment;
  • Sustainable tourism resource management and wealth creation

The official language of the conference will be English.


Paper types and workshops

This conference distinguishes A- and B- type of papers.

Authors of A-papers will be able to present their papers for a maximum of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of question and discussions. The workshops are expected to last as usually 2 hours with 4 presentations (4 x half an hour). A-papers are accepted based on submission of an abstract. Final papers are due one month after the conference. During these workshops a wide range and categories of papers are expected to be discussed (results of empirical research; case studies; descriptive studies; good practices, etc).

B-type papers: This to be based on theoretical and conceptual issues related to the conference theme. Authors of B-papers are invited to submit full papers one month before the conference. According to conventional methods of reviewing scientific articles, once the papers are accepted, authors will be invited to present them in half an hour with half an hour discussion.

Abstracts (approximately 300-500 words) indicating background, practical implications and applications, methods and or data sources and indicative findings of the paper is excepted to be submitted for vetting and verification by scientific committee. Please clearly indicate the type of paper (A-paper or B-paper)


Important dates and deadlines

Submission of abstracts of A- and B-papers: 1 June 2007
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 1 July 2007
Submission of B-papers: 1 August 2007
Notification of acceptance of B-papers: 1 September 2007
Final submission of B-papers: 1 October 2007
Final submission of A-papers: 1 December 2007


Scientific committee

1. Dr. Renι Van der Duim Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
2. Dr. Jockey Baker Nyakaana, Makerere University, Uganda.
3. Prof. Dr. Bob Wishitemi, Moi University, Kenya.
4. Prof. Dr. Eric Edroma, Nkumba University, Uganda.
5. Prof. Dr. Joseph Obua, Makerere University, Uganda.
6. Dr. Bakunda Geoffrey, Makerere University Business School Uganda.
7. Prof. Dr. John Akama, Moi University, Kenya.
8. Dr. Harry Wels, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
9. Prof. Dr. Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu, Finland


Publication details

Selected full papers will be considered for publication in an edited book, a special issue of a selected Journal and/or in the ATLAS Africa publication series. More details will follow shortly.


Field trips

The Uganda Community Tourism Association (UCOTA) uses tourism to create wealth for local communities and formed 52 tourism community based organizations (TCBO's) in Uganda. TCBO's are to be found in Kampala, Wakiso Mukono and Jinja Districts. The field tours will be held during a day where participants are divided with different groups to visit the sites. Thereafter discussions will be held on adoption, improvements and recommendations of widely using such projects for creation of wealth.


Provisional programme

The conference will have plenary sessions, workshops and field trips.

Saturday 27 October 2007

Plenary sessions and workshops

Sunday 28 October 2007

Fieldtrips

Monday 29 October 2007

Plenary sessions and workshops

A detailed program will be published in September 2007


Conference packages

The conference fee will be:

Residence: ATLAS
member
Non ATLAS
member
In Africa € 75 € 150
Outside Africa € 275 € 350

This fee includes 3 days participation, conference documentation, coffee breaks and water, and fieldtrips. This fee does NOT include accommodation, lunches and dinners. Lunches and dinners are included in the full board room fee for the Ridar Hotel.


Cancellation policy

After registration and confirmation of this by the ATLAS secretariat, delegates are obliged to pay the conference fee. If written cancellation is received before September 1st 2007, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 25. No refund will be possible after September 1st 2007, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Conference venue

Ridar Hotel
PO Box 7627, Kampala, Uganda
Seeta, Mukono.
Website: www.ridarhotel.com


Accommodation

Ridar Hotel
PO Box 7627, Kampala, Uganda
Seeta, Mukono.
Website: www.ridarhotel.com


How to get there

Transfers between the airport and Ridar Hotel are arranged by Ridar Hotel.


Conference organisers

  • ATLAS - conference secretariat and organiser
  •  
    The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. ATLAS was designated a "European Thematic Network" for the tourism and leisure subject areas by the European Commission in 1996. ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. ATLAS currently has almost 300 member institutions in 66 countries. ATLAS has active chapters in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa, and a new chapter ATLAS Americas is being developed at the moment. The ATLAS homepage can be visited via www.atlas-euro.org.
     

  • Makerere University
  •  
    Makerere University is one of the oldest Universities in sub- Saharan Africa. Whose mission statement is "To provide quality teaching, carry out research and offer professional services to meet the needs of the changing society". Geography Department established in the late 1940s and its Tourism programme established in 1996 aims at achieving sustainable development through tourism and natural resource conservation. The Department Organises and manages international conferences aimed at promoting knowledge sharing in fields of sustainable development, natural resource conservation and tourism development


     

  • SNV-Uganda
  •  
    SNV provides capacity development services to local organisations working in developing countries to support their fight against poverty and promoting good governance and works in 31 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. As part of strengthening partnership for poverty eradication, SNV has been involved in organising country and regional conferences for localising MDGs in partnership with UNDP. SNV sustainable tourism development strategy focuses on strengthening local organisations involved in development and marketing of community tourism products and services with the aim of increasing household income from tourism activities.



Post conference tours

More information will be given in a later stage.


Information on the area

More information will be given in a later stage. Please consult the ATLAS hompage for updated information.


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