Call for papers: Resorting to the coast

This looks like an excellent conference in Blackpool in June.  Download the flyer here.

From the CFP:

“Key themes of interest to the conference include:

·          Histories of coastal tourism developments and resorts;
·          Regeneration of coastal economies;
·          Social and environmental impacts of coastal developments;
·          Representations of seaside holidays in popular culture;
·          Worker migrations to coastal sites;
·          Beach behaviours and traditions;
·          Myths of the sea and coastal communities;
·          Coastal resort art and architecture;
·          Tourist coastal colonies.
Please submit a 300 word abstract including title and full contact details as an electronic file to the conference manager Daniela Carl ( You may submit your abstract as soon as possible but no later than 2nd February 2009.
Conference Organisers: Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change in partnership with the Institute of Northern Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.”

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Conferences update

You can view all the presentations from the 2008 ITSA conference in Shanghai, including mine, by going to this web page.  The theme of the conference was ‘Globalisation, mega events and urban tourism’ and there are a wealth of useful case studies, theoretical perspectives and non-western viewpoints on tourism and events available to download as powerpoint files – some in English and some in Mandarin Chinese.  Unfortunately, the files are listed alphanumerically, so you might have to have a dig through to find material you are particularly interested in.

The presentations from the excellent ‘Developing tourist destinations’ seminar held in Aalborg last month will be up on the conference webpages soon along with pictures and I’ll post an update on here when they are available.  In the meantime, you can view my presentation below:

ATLAS 2008

I will be presenting a paper at the ATLAS annual conference 2008 “Selling or Telling? Paradoxes in tourism, culture and heritage” in Brighton which takes place from 2nd-4th July.  The paper will be on the cultural regeneration projects taking place in Folkestone, Kent and how these affect community dynamics.