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ATLAS Africa Conference
Monday 14 February 2022
 
 


Falling back in love with tourism – An African affair

 

 

Introduction

This one-day conference will be reflecting on the past, present and future of tourism development and promotion within the African continent. It will be inclusive of the five African regions – northern, eastern, southern, central and western subregions – considering the diverse and dynamic nature of the continental tourism domain. Further details and call for papers to follow.

Participation is free for ATLAS members and non-members. Registration for the conference is required. Soon we will activate the registration.

The conference will be live streamed on YouTube. We will send the link to registered delegates before the event.

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Synopsis

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Synopsis

The African continent is naturally and culturally distinct from all other continents, and teems with unique landscapes, authentic social experiences, ancient history, ethnic diversity, geographical wonders and active adventures. Since the dawn of the new millennium, travel and tourism has become vital, integral and critical to many economies of nation states on the African continent. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) found that pre-pandemic tourism generated roughly $169 billion to Africa’s annual Gross Domestic Profit (GDP), with 24 million jobs.

However, despite the continued development and promotion of tourism economies, travel infrastructures as well as the growth in international tourist arrivals across the continent, some regions have not yet reached their full potential. The ATLAS Africa Conference aims to reflect (and reminisce) on the essence of travel and tourism on the African continent, and why many scholars and travellers “fell in love” with the continents and its distinct tourist attractions, products, destinations, services and sites in the first place.

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Call for papers

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Call for papers

This one-day conference will be reflecting on the past, present and future of tourism development and promotion within the African continent. It will be inclusive of all five African sub-regions – northern, eastern, southern, central and western Africa – considering the diverse and dynamic nature of the continental tourism domain and its touristic offerings. Abstracts between 200 - 250 words are hereby open for the following themes:

  • African tourism past, present and future
  • Natural excursions and landscapes in Africa
  • Heritage and cultural experiences in Africa
  • African travel policy development and governmental tourism strategies
  • The African tourism leisure and hospitality market
  • African events and festival tourism
  • African heritage as a tourism drawcard
  • African coastal, marine and island tourism
  • African World Heritage Sites as tourism attractions
  • African community and pro-poor tourism
  • African rural and urban tourism
  • African tourism in a comparative perspective
  • The negative impact of tourism in African
  • African country specific case studies


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM


Important dates:

Submit abstracts by Friday, 28 January 2022
Response on abstracts by Monday, 31 January 2022

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Speakers

 

Speakers

Information on the speakers will follow soon.

 

Moderators
 

Karen Harris

Prof Karen Leigh Harris is the Head of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria. A lecturer of undergraduate and postgraduate students in history as well as heritage and cultural tourism. She is also the Director of the University Archives.  She has been the principal investigator for research projects conducted for the National Department of Tourism over the past 10 years. Apart from being a pioneer in the teaching of the field of heritage and cultural tourism at tertiary level in South Africa. She is an accredited Provincial Culture Tourist Guide (Gauteng). Prof. Harris was also the recipient of the Faculty teaching award for her development of UP Campus Tours.


CR Botha

C.R. Botha is a Lecturer in Heritage and Cultural Tourism in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies within the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria. He is also a Researcher for the National Department of Tourism (NDT); an accredited and registered Provincial Culture Tourist Guide (Gauteng); and serves as a member to the National Federation of Tourist Guides and Affiliates (NFTGA), the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Historical Association of South Africa (HASA). His research areas include tourist guiding, tourism policy and governance, as well as heritage and cultural tourism in a global South context.

 

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Program

The program will be uploaded soon.

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Registration

  • Contact
    Please contact: e-mail admin@atlas-euro.org.
     
  • Registration
    Submit this form to register for the conference. (NOT ACTIVATED YET)
     
  • Abstract submission form
    Submit this form to submit an abstract for the conference.

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