CONCURRENT SESSION 4B SPEAKERS
Challenges and opportunities in cross-border and heritage tourism


Nermin Zukic

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PRESENTATION TITLE: “Srebrenica case study: bridging the past and the future”

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Dion van den Berg

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PRESENTATION TITLE: “Dilemmas in the promotion of tourism to Srebrenica”

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Senija Causevic, Lecturer in Tourism, School of Business, Enterprise and Management, Queen Margaret University

Dr. Senija Causevic received her PhD at the University of Strathclyde, Department of Tourism and Hospitality in Glasgow, on the topic of Post-Conflict Tourism Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Senija’s research interests and methodologies include the creation of the emancipatory knowledge through the critical theory research paradigms adopting it in exploring geopolitical, social, economy and cultural context under which tourism exist. This methodology is applied to the discourse of the post-conflict tourism development, peace and tourism, tour guiding and contested heritage, diaspora, the phenomenon and meaning of peripheral tourism regions, cultural tourism, and so called dark tourism.

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Bosnia and Herzegovina, tourism and borders”

This theme shows the cases in which tourism may help achieving social reconciliation. Bosnia and Herzegovina as a post-conflict country is burdened with the artificial internal political borders, which stall any attempt to achieve partnership, work together, or cooperate. Under these circumstances it appears almost impossible to reconcile. The main findings show that tourism, by its nature act as a remedy in the post-conflict society of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tourism sees mountain or river as a border, i.e. it gives more attention to the natural than to the political borders, and this is a starting point to heal the wounds of conflict and consequently re-build a healthy society and start moving forward.

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Raed S. Saadeh, Vice President of the Arab (Palestinian) Hotel Association

Raed S. Saadeh is Vice President of the Arab (Palestinian) Hotel Association and ex-president between 2003-2008. Raed Saadeh is also Owner and General Manager of the Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem, a boutique hotel for which he introduced the concept and did the design.

Originally trained as a mechanical engineer (BSc Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University, N.Y. and MSc. at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland), he is founder and board member of the Palestinian Art Court, board member of the Mamal foundation of contemporary art, board member of Sunbula organization for fair trade and product development, founder and Chairman of the Rozana Association for architectural heritage conservation and rural tourism development and founder and ex President of Yabous Productions for performing arts, the organizers of the Jerusalem Festival. His current efforts are focused on developing the concept of an East Jerusalem tourism cluster intended to maximize the economic returns and benefits of the local community.

Web site: www.jrshotel.com.

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Heritage tourism in Palestine”


Raed S. Saadeh discussed the cluster approach to tourism in Palestine – determining economic competencies, identifying available resources and building competitiveness. He used examples of local initiatives that meet the needs of a sustainable economy, while also pointing out the inevitable concerns one should have in new tourism developments, including water, environment, movement and commercialization.

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