World Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism
Mark Orams and Michael Lück are on the International Steering Committee for the CMT conferences and both have been invited as keynote speakers for CMT09 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa on 23-26 June.
Keynote: Mark Orams
Abstract: Mine is Bigger Than Yours: The Rise and Rise of Super-Yacht Tourism
From ‘maxi’ to ‘super’ to ‘mega’, recreational vessels over the 30 metres in length are more prevalent than ever before. Improvements in technology and the application of materials such as carbon fibre and titanium have allowed the construction of recreational vessels of unprecedented size. The owners of these vessels continue to invest enormous sums in larger and more extravagant vessels each year. Super-yachts are now a specialist area of marine tourism that supports a significant industry which ranges from design, engineering and construction to navigation, hospitality, publishing, photography and art. A number of locations and events have been deliberately created to attract these floating palaces, but super-yachts are also becoming more self sufficient and visiting increasingly remote places. Alongside the impressive feats of engineering, opulence and economic impacts associated with these vessels are issues of piracy, security and environmental management.
Abstract: Coastal and Marine Tourism: Where we have been, where we are, where we will go
Coastal and marine tourism has been researched for many years, but only in the last decade or so it has been recognised as a field of study. The first Coastal and Marine Tourism Congresses in Hawaii (1990 and 1996), as well as Orams’ volume “Marine Tourism: Development, Impacts and Management” (1999, Routledge) were instrumental in bringing forward this field of study. While the early years were more related to island tourism and mass tourism in coastal resorts, increasingly the body of literature diversified into more specialised nice tourism, such as, polar tourism, whale and dolphin watching, SCUBA diving, marine wildlife tourism, cruise tourism, and many more. This presentation looks at the development of coastal and marine tourism in the academic world, its current state, and where it might head in the future.
Michael Lück will also be presenting a poster by NZTRI PhD student Roberto Altobelli entitled:
A profile of tourists diving with sharks in Pacific Harbour, Fiji
For more information on The World Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism see: http://www.cmt2009.com/