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STHM Senior lecturer Dr. Alexander Trupp presenting at the CAUTHE conference in Dunedin.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) was represented at the 27th Annual Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) conference in Dunedin, New Zealand on 7-10 February, 2017.

Hosted by the University of Otago's Department of Tourism, CAUTHE was established to represent the interests of higher education providers of bachelor degree level and above in tourism, hospitality and events education.

Under the main theme "Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow", this conference dealt with the important issues confronting the future of tourism, hospitality and events research and education.

STHM Senior lecturer, Dr. Alexander Trupp’s paper “The Social Capital of Ethnic Minority Souvenir Vendors: Promises and Pitfalls” was presented in the panel on “Cross cultural and indigenous perspectives” and was also published in the peer-reviewed CAUTHE conference proceedings.

His paper argued that “social resources – conceptualised as social capital – constitute a central asset and challenge for ethnic minority souvenir vendors who work at the very bottom of a business niche in the informal tourism sector”.

“I was impressed by the high quality presentations and discussions of the CAUTHE 2017 conference and would like to encourage both established and emerging STHM scholars to participate in next year’s event,” Dr Trupp stated.

The conference attracted 53 full paper and 171 working papers which were peer-reviewed and published in the CAUTHE conference proceedings. Thus, more than 220 academic papers and a range of scientific posters were presented from scholars all over the world. While colleagues from Australia and New Zealand represented the majority of delegates, academics from Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific contributed to an international and diverse event.

The sub-themes of the conference were organised and presented in a variety of moderated panels that also reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the conference.

A workshop for early career researchers was also held where increasingly important themes of ‘researcher’s online identity, impact and visibility’ as well as ‘academic development and strategies’ were discussed.

In addition, social gatherings in the evening hours such as a gala dinner and award ceremony in Dunedin’s historical town hall or welcome receptions at the conference venues provided excellent opportunities for networking and academic exchange.

The next CAUTHE conference will be held at the University of Newcastle’s Tourism Discipline in the Newcastle Business School from 5 to 8 February 2018. 

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