Title: Tourism Resilience and Environmental Transformations: New Challenges for Cultural and Socio-economic Sustainability
Assis. Prof. Konaxis Ioannis
Department of Tourism Studies
University of Piraeus, Greece
As the Tourism sector gradually recovers from the severe environmental and socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is called upon to face the corresponding consequences of a war situation between Russia and Ukraine as well as that in the Middle East in the Gaza Strip.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the Glasgow declaration 'Climate Action in the Tourism Sector' signed by its members in the year 2021, encourages faster actions to protect tourism destinations and businesses threatened by new facts of the climate crisis. The signatories committed to base this agreement on 5 main axes: Measure, Decarbonize, Regenerate, Collaborate and Finance.
This session encourages an open dialogue of interdisciplinary characters (academics, researchers, professionals) with the presentation of research, application studies in tourist infrastructures, tourist attractions, tourism companies and in areas of tourist interest that present a necessity for interventions and landscape transformations. The session is an opportunity for participants from a wide range of scientific fields to highlight the interrelated relationship between tourism landscape and cultural heritage as well as their impact on the well-being of everyday life.
Tourism development is an extremely fragile case for the global community which, faced with the risk of the climate crisis, must acquire a character of resilience in order to obtain a stable Socio-economic development.