An Urban and Regional Economics Workshop on: The Future of the Hospitality and Tourism Sector
The annual CEnSE workshop took place on the 25-27 of May 2016, this time devoted to the future of the hospitality sector. Approximately 20 participants came to Gränna to enjoy interesting presentations and discussions. Participants, both researchers and representatives from the industry, came from all around the world including Turkey, Poland, Italy, and United States.
Dr. Karl Geisler from NMSU College of Business, talked about Vice Economics: Using latent demand and tourism for economic development in his keynote lecture.
About the workshop:
Today, the presence of hospitality and tourism sectors plays an ever more important role both for urban and rural regions. Recent studies show that urban economic vitality is highly dependent on the existence of cultural activities, city amenities and concentration of service establishments. The traditional way of thinking about urban and rural economic development with respect to the use of production factors is challenged by arguments where the importance of consumption, amenities and culture for a region’s attractiveness are accentuated. Urban public authorities, as well as actors in the private sector, have over the last decade started to develop strategies related to regional quality of life, in order to attract future residents, tourists, and conventioneers. To create vibrant places, with better and more diverse consumption possibilities, is considered crucial and adds to economic development in a number of ways. Several branches of the tourism and hospitality sectors constitute the spine of the service-based economy and consumption in a region. As an economic activity, it is heavily dependent on the individuals working in the sector, which also implies high employment opportunities in the local economy. The sector is not only a good career domain, but also a stepping stone for youth and immigrant employment, aiding integration at different geographies.
The Workshop aims at bringing together researchers interested in studying the hospitality and tourism sectors and their relevance for regional economies. Topics may be related (but not limited) to:
- hospitality and tourism clusters
- labor market implications
- innovation in tourism and hospitality
- entrepreneurship in tourism and hospitality
- international and domestic tourism
- natural vs. man-made amenities
- urban-rural tourism
- destination development
VENUE? The conference took place in the lovely town of Gränna at the Grenna Hotel (http://www.grennahotell.se/)