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Islands & Small States Tourism Conference: Current Issues and Future Challenges

Suva, Fiji

12 - 14 September 2011

Hosted by: The University of the South Pacific


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The conference aims to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss issues and challenges facing island and small states tourism, particularly small island states. Islands and small states have been shown to be especially vulnerable to such external influences as natural disasters, political unrest and downturns in the global economy. Furthermore, there are also contextual issues that affect the growth and development of tourism in the islands and small states. These include a narrow resource base, and a fragile and often vulnerable natural environment. Many of these issues will be explored in depth at the conference.


Who Should Attend?

Researchers, industry practitioners and policy makers interested and involved in the issues and management of island and small state tourism are invited to join an international audience at the conference. Specifically, the conference will seek to address policy issues and relevance generally to the industry.


Conference Topics


  • Small state and island tourism development
  • Sustainable tourism and small state and island economies
  • The economics of island tourism
  • Spatial issues surrounding islands and small states
  • Climate Change
  • Transportation issues
  • The cultural impacts of tourism development on islands and small states
  • Coastal and ocean management,



  • The legacy of colonial powers on islands and small states
  • Coastal development
  • Ecotourism
  • Tourismís inter-sectoral relationships in islands and small states
  • Carbon footprints
  • Biosecurity
  • The marketing and promotion of economies of islands and small states
  • National parks and marine reserves


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