Main conference topics:
- Responsible education for responsible tourism
- Tourism Education Future Initiative
- Transformative Tourism
- Youth and Responsible Education
- Corporate Social Responsibility
Education is a cornerstone for sustainable development. Responsible education for responsible tourism opens up new perspectives for interested stakeholders – particularly students that will be creators of our future world. They must be aware of the role and the stake they have in creating positive collective impacts and raising awareness about experiences with social, environmental, cultural and deep emotional impacts. They need to be equipped with skills and competences to seize the opportunities and be able to put responsible tourism principles and practices at the forefront of any experience creation. They need to capitalize on their particular ability to understand blended social, economic and environmental values and provide communities with vibrant flourishing future.
This is why education plays an extremely important role in achieving sustainable tourism development.
Tourism Education Future Initiative (TEFI) is a social movement in educational sphere that unites educators, researchers, industry actors and community members, with the ambition to move beyond "business as usual" and change the behaviour. “Business as usual” is a no longer accepted model. Corporate social responsibility is gaining an increased momentum. It is about new understanding of the economy and value creation, whilst allocating resources towards pursuing social objectives alongside financial ones. One of the core activities of TEFI is facilitation and dissemination of innovative, values-based learning experiences in tourism education. As such, the leaders of tomorrow's tourism educated through TEFI values would be able to demonstrate a range of qualities including stewardship, respect, care, high level critical thinking, reflexivity and moral responsibility. Values-based tourism education assists learners of all types to reflect upon and develop a strong professional core, where strong emphasis is on building stronger future through tourism that has the ability to look beyond the economic growth.
The paradigm shift towards a more responsible traveller is happening right now and right here. This is why we will take this opportunity to emphasize a strong transformative power of tourism.
Join us on the forthcoming conference and discover why responsible traveller will always feel the difference and enjoy!