C219, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
Tourism is an important yet complex topic in economic, environmental and socio-cultural terms. The UN World Tourism Organisation calls it the "world's largest industry", accounting for one in every eleven jobs worldwide, with more than five billion (international plus domestic) arrivals counted in 2013. It dominates economies of countries at every level of development and impacts the lives of millions on a daily basis. In the fast, hectic lifestyle that dominates many societies ("liquid modernity" as Zygmunt Bauman terms it) tourism is the safety valve that reduces the pressure of everyday existence in the advanced economies. But the growth of tourism poses a significant threat to the environment and is recognised as an increasing contributor to GHG emissions and thus climate change. The lecture will present tourism-climate policy options developed by Professor Burns for the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Peter Burns is Professor of Tourism and International Development and Director of the Institute for Tourism Studies (INTOUR) at the University of Bedfordshire. Peter's research interests are framed by the powerful influence tourism has on the socio-cultural environment in destination countries. Specifically, he investigates roles and responsibilities throughout the tourism value chain especially in relation to the challenge of climate change. As a consultant, he specialises in tourism master planning for developing countries and emerging markets. He has undertaken research and consultancy assignments in over 30 countries. He is co-editor of the scientific journal Tourism Planning & Development, an expert member of UNWTO's Global Tourism Barometer, an ambassador for the World Tourism Forum Lucerne and committee ember of the UK NGO the Travel Foundation. Peter is also an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and his academic work has received over 2,000 citations.