CONCURRENT SESSION 7A SPEAKERS
New directions in sustainable tourism


Mihaela Dinu

Constantin Dinu

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PRESENTATION TITLE: “New valences and dimensions of Romanian tourism development, in the European globalization context, insurance of hospitality, a needful service in the Romanian tourism”

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Akke Folmer, Tourism Management, Stenden University

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PRESENTATION TITLE: “A new quality mark for sustainable development at Stenden University? A pilot study at tourism management”

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Albert Postma, MSc degree in Social Geography (State University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Besides Albert Postma’s job as programme director of the MA International Leisure and Tourism Studies, he is senior lecturer at the School of Graduate Studies and in the BBA programme Leisure Management at Stenden University. He teaches primarily in the areas sustainable tourism development, socio-geographical aspects of leisure and tourism, and research methodology.

In the 1990s he has been working as a researcher/consultant at the Institute Service Management, the contract research centre of the Stenden University. During this period he has developed Toerdata Noord, a monitoring system for tourism in the North Netherlands. Besides he conducted numerous studies, mainly concerning regional destination marketing and tourism monitoring.

His current research interests focuses on the field of Tourism, Quality of Life, and Community Development. As a member of the research group Service Studies, he started a PhD study in 2005 in which the residents’ acceptance of tourism is explored on islands in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Besides, he participating in projects related to sustainable tourism and quality of life.

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Tourism growth or development: where are we heading to?”

During the presentation the dominant social paradigm focusing on (economic) growth, which aims at the stimulation of welfare, is compared and contrasted with the new environmental paradigm focused on (human) development, which aims at the stimulation of quality of life. The implications for tourism development are discussed.

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Dr. Valentina Dinica, Senior Researcher, Centre for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy, School of Governance and Management, University of Twente

Dr. Valentina Dinica, senior researcher at University of Twente, in the Netherlands, with expertise on policy analysis and governance for sustainable development. In the last five years she conducted research on: tourism sustainability in the Dutch Antillean islands; challenges for sustainable development in the Dutch tourism-recreation sector; the impacts of the European Union on the sustainability of European tourism development; and sustainable nature-based tourism. She teaches on sustainable tourism governance analysis at the University of Twente. Her policy research expertise also includes: renewable energy, climate change and water management.

PRESENTATION TITLE: “Sustainable tourism in developing islands: lessons from the political and institutional challenges in Curacao”

The goal of sustainable tourism development has increasingly penetrated the agenda of governments, businesses and stakeholders in many countries, in the last decades. But while a multitude of declarations, codes of conduct and voluntary initiatives were adopted, there are only few countries where governments adopted integrated policy programs aiming to steer the sustainable development of tourism at national level, because tourism is a very complex sector to regulate and monitor.

In 1997, a policy program for sustainable tourism was adopted by the Netherlands Antilles government. This paper analyses the implementation processes and results of this policy on one of the five Antillean islands, Curaçao, for the period 1997-2005. The paper investigates the factors that affected the attitudes and interactions of the actors expected to adopt some key legal instruments that would open the way for the implementation of practical measures for sustainable tourism. This is done based on an analytical framework organizing the inquiry on implementation performance by looking at the actors' motivations and behavior, and the features of the implementation structure affecting actors' conduct. The paper formulates recommendations to enable the achievement of sustainable tourism goals on Curaçao, and underpins a series of lessons useful for the design and implementation of sustainable tourism initiatives in other destinations as well, that are especially relevant for developing countries.

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