Channel View were exhibiting at the Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability conference held at Bournemouth University’s fancy new Kimmeridge House last week. I had the pleasure of catching up with many familiar faces, among them our authors Susanne Becken, Dick Butler, Stroma Cole and Phil Long.
I managed to leave the stand in order to listen to Dick’s keynote entitled ‘Tourism, Sustainability and Climate Change: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but Which is Which?’ – this raised a lot of issues such as what climate change means for mass tourism and the economic and political challenges for tourism in the future.
Prof Stephan Harrison, a climate scientist from the University of Exeter, also gave one of the keynotes which was very well received.
I got to go to a few papers focusing on different destinations round the world, and how each of these were dealing with the realities of climate change and how this will affect them in the future. It was interesting to see the range of response from each of the countries involved and how much climate change is already affecting them.
It was fun to be back in Bournemouth and get some sea air – highly recommended!