More than 250 tourism academics from around the world have descended on Dunedin for this year’s Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education conference.
The 27th annual CAUTHE conference, hosted by the University of Otago’s Department of Tourism, started on Tuesday with the Bill Faulkner Workshop for PhD scholars and early career researchers.
It will kick-off in earnest on Wednesday with a key-note address from Professor Pauline Sheldon, Professor Emerita at the University of Hawaii’s School of Travel Industry Management.
The wellness and sustainable tourism expert will deliver her speech, ‘Pathways Forward: tourism for the Greater Good, at the top of a packed three-day programme.
Following the theme of “Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow”, papers on subjects as diverse as female empowerment in Fiji tourism businesses to entrepreneurship in fine-dining.
Professor David Simmons from Lincoln University will give a presentation on the Kaikoura Earthquake recovery plan, and separately the resilience of tourism organisations in post-quake Christchurch also gets addressed.
On Thursday, a focus on Australian & New Zealand sustainability will see the Christchurch earthquake again on the bill along with cycle trails and hotel websites.
The conference concludes on Friday afternoon with The Great Debate: “Big Ideas and Re-thinking Tourism? The weakest link is the quality of research”.