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Coastal tourism

Track Chairs: Dr Anya Chapman and Dr Tim Gale, Bournemouth University

Coastal regions are possibly the most significant location for the visitor economy. Since the birth of mass tourism, visitors have sought out coastal destinations, and the demand to be 'beside the seaside' looks set to continue in the future. The lure of sun, sea and sand continues unabated, with new coastal destinations in global locations being developed (and in some cases, purpose-built). Nevertheless, over 300 years of coastal tourism has brought considerable challenges to coastal locations: contested land use and (over) development issues; environmental impacts; and resort stagnation and decline. More recently, coastal visitor economies have undergone transition with reference to sustainability, ‘Blue growth’, and alternative economies. As economic and socio-cultural transitions within coastal communities have occurred debates surrounding coastal identity, ‘seasideness’, nostalgia, and culture have come to the fore.  

This conference theme invites submissions that explore the extraordinary nature of coastal tourism: its heritage, cultures, identity, and the creativity of coastal stakeholders and entrepreneurs. Presentations that examine the contested nature of coastal visitor economies are also welcomed. The aim of this theme is to reignite the debate on coastal tourism: contemporary issues, challenges, innovations, and developments. The session welcomes submissions related to any aspect of coastal tourism, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Mature destinations (first and second-generation resorts)
  • Coastal destination development and new destinations (third generation resorts)
  • Impacts on the coastal and marine environment
  • Sustainability issues and ‘Blue growth’ at the coast
  • Climate change, adaptation and tourism
  • Contested coastal communities
  • Policy, funding, and regeneration challenges
  • Coastal cultures, heritage, and identities
  • Place promotion and destination marketing at the coast
  • Creativity at the coast- resorts as creative and cultural ‘hubs’

Call for papers

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2017
  • Confirmation of acceptance: 30 June 2017
  • Last date for early bird registration: 14 July 2017
  • Deadline for registration: 18 Aug 2017

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