University of Otago, New Zealand
The Asia-Pacific group has continued to be active with respect to meetings and conferences. Malcolm Cooper of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University has reported excellent follow-up from the ATLAS Asia-Pacific meeting held at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu Japan in November 2004. This has been followd by the hosting of the ATLAS Special Interest Gastronomy and Tourism Research Group meeting on Fusion cuisine and placemaking that will be hosted by the Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau on November 8-10, 2006 at which a number of Asia-Pacific group members will also attend as well as an ATLAS Asia-Pacific regional conference meeting to be held at the University of Otago on 3-5 December 2006 with the theme of 'Tourism After Oil'.
Guest speakers for the December conference include Stefan Gössling from Lund University, Sweden, and Daniel Scott from the University of Waterloo, Camada. As at the end of August over 40 papers had been confirmed for the meeting with presenters from Australia, Germany, India, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Papers cover a broad rane of topics in the tourism, hospitality and leisure fields with sessions planned on tourism and the environment, policy making, economic issues and impacts, marketing management, leisure experiences, hospitality management, and visitor management. In keeping with the theme of the conference two plenary sesions will be held on tourism and environmental change. The final date for abstracts is the 1 October 2006. For more information on the ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference which will be held prior to the New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Conference please go to:http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/tourism/Conference2006/index.htm
Michael Hall, University of Otago, New Zealand (Please contact via the Department of Management, University of Canterbury, Christchurch as of end of 2006)
Malcolm Cooper, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
lorence Ian, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao