CAUTHE 2013, 11-14 February 2013

Lincoln University
Lincoln University

Ellie and I both attended CAUTHE this year which was very exciting! The conference moved to New Zealand for this year and was held at Lincoln University in Christchurch. CAUTHE was the largest conference (in terms of delegates) to be held in Christchurch since the earthquake in 2011. The opening keynote of the conference was from Tim Hunter, Chief Executive of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism, who gave a fascinating account of Christchurch’s ongoing recovery and the ambitious future plans for the city. We also had the opportunity to tour ‘the red zone’ in the city centre (where vehicles and pedestrians are currently prohibited) to see the effects of the earthquake up-close.

Elizabeth Roberts winning the Kindle
Elizabeth Roberts winning the Kindle

At this year’s conference, we gave away a Kindle, preloaded with 85 of our books. Elizabeth Roberts, from Southern Cross University, was the lucky recipient after Ellie drew her business card out!

The damaged cathedral in the centre of Christchurch's 'red zone'
The damaged cathedral in the centre of Christchurch’s ‘red zone’

The high standard of papers of past CAUTHEs was continued this year, and the Great Debate (this year, Tourism on the Edge: Slow & Local vs Fast & Global) was again a feature of the conference – the Australasians (Slow & Local) with a resounding victory despite the Rest of the World’s best efforts!

We also had a chance to sample a variety of local Canterbury wines which many of us enjoyed! The conference was brought to a very fun end at Riccarton House, a local heritage site, with more wine and lots of dancing.

CAUTHE returns to Australia next year and we’ll be looking forward to seeing all the usual suspects and hopefully meeting some new faces in Brisbane!

Sarah

CAUTHE 2012, 6-9 February

Such a lovely display

This year’s CAUTHE conference was held at the swanky Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. It’s nicely situated on the South Wharf and it was great to get out in the evenings for dinner and drinks along the Southbank. Sue Beeton and everyone else involved in organising the conference did a brilliant job and Channel View had another great CAUTHE!

Gladiators ready!

One of the highlights of the conference was the debate on the last day – Australian Tourism: Dying and Beyond a Full Recovery – which was Aussie(ish!) academics v foreign academics. The teams (captained by Michael Hughes and David Airey respectively) and the chair (Larry Dwyer) kept everyone highly entertained – the foreign devils won in the end but kudos has to go to the Aussie team for their lovely outfits…

The very bright dancefloor

The conference finished with a gala dinner at Melbourne Museum (including viewing the great Phar Lap) and included the usual dancefloor-embarrassment on my part – though I blame Paul Strickland entirely for the lip-syncing to the Grease-medley!

Sadly Australia lost...:-)

Happily for me I managed to sneak in some cricket-watching while I was in Melbourne – an amazing atmosphere at the MCG. Watch this space for our cricket and tourism book!

Needless to say, Channel View are eagerly anticipating next year’s CAUTHE debut in New Zealand – hopefully see you all in Christchurch.

CAUTHE 2011, 8th-11th February

Another February, another CAUTHE conference to look forward to – and this one didn’t disappoint. Thanks to the lovely Jenny Davies and her colleagues and helpers at UniSA, Channel View had a very successful conference. It was great to catch up with a lot of existing and potential authors, especially people we don’t get to see at any other conferences through the year. This year we were launching Larry Dwyer, Peter Forsyth and Wayne Dwyer’s new textbook, Tourism Economics and Policy (click here for details). The launch went very well (with a little help from John Tribe!), we sold many copies of the book and am now convinced that if Larry and John ever want to quit academia they could make some money taking a comedy routine on the road.

UniSA did a great job hosting and showing off Adelaide – I’m thinking that holding sessions at wineries should become a regular practice at conferences around the world! There were some really great papers throughout and it was nice to have a chance to get to a few of them, not sure I’ve ever been busier at a conference with so many papers to choose from and sales and ideas for news books. The conference dinner at Adelaide Zoo was a really fun evening, there was much excitement about the pandas, Wang Wang and Funi – think this one is Wang Wang but not entirely sure…

And though the dinner/dancing was equally as fun, still trying to block out my attempted air guitar to the Bon Jovi medley. Channel View can’t wait until Melbourne!