The Asia Pacific region has seen the fastest growing tourism development in the world. Despite rapid tourism economic development, and research into labour and employment such as economics and employment issues, research hasn’t caught up to the rapidly changing issues, such as tourism linked migration and social and cultural aspects of sustainability. Thus, we invite you to discuss, reflect and develop upon issues pertaining to sustainability and the nexus of migration and tourism. We are particularly interested in the complexities of trends, issues, challenges and opportunities around migration linked tourism, which remains a relatively minor part in academic research. While large numbers of migrant workers move to ‘new’ tourist destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Dubai for employment, issues pertaining to social sustainability (e.g., well-being, quality of life, integration, the distribution of power and resources, employment, education, the provision of basic infrastructure and services, freedom, justice, access to influential decision-making fora and general ‘capacity-building’) have yet to be fully developed within tourism research.
We are extremely excited to hold this conference in Macau, which is marked as a global tourist city. A one hour ferry away from Hong Kong, it has seen rapid tourism economic development through gaming tourism. With 50% of its labour force, migrants, Macau’s fascinating mixed Chinese, Portuguese and international culture makes it the perfect location to present papers related to tourism mobilities, migration, social sustainability and future directions. We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, cultural/human geography, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, economics, border studies, leisure studies, tourism studies and hospitality/event management.