Tourism, ICT and Community Development: Enhancing experiences, strengthening economies

Professor Simon Milne (Director NZTRI) will give a presentation as part of the 2013 Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series at the University of Auckland.  The theme of the four lectures in the series is: The Internet: Today and the Future.

 

Date: Thursday 10 October, 7-8pm
Location: Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Chemistry Building, 23 Symonds Street (City Campus). University of Auckland.

 

Title: Tourism, ICT and Community Development: Enhancing experiences, strengthening economies

 

Abstract:
Tourism represents a vital source of jobs and income for communities around the world - in New Zealand, it represents one of our two main export earners. Many governments and international aid donors view the industry as a key part of their economic development initiatives. This lecture examines the role played by Internet-based technologies in unlocking the true potential of the tourism industry to create sustained improvement in the quality of life of host populations. Cases drawn from Canada, Kenya, the Cooks Islands, and New Zealand reveal that they can help strengthen tourist-host interactions, build economic linkages and enhance local ‘sense of place’. In conclusion the discussion turns to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for those wanting to tap tourism’s potential as a tool for community development.

 

For more information on the talk and other presentations in the series, click here.