The Greater Bay Area Collaborative Tourism Research Forum
An agenda-setting Forum to identify and prioritize future joint and collaborative tourism research aimed at addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the long-term tourism development of the Greater Bay Area
Date: Tuesday, 8 May, 2018
Venue: FG05, Auditorium, Taipa Campus IFT, Macao SAR, China
background and purpose
Under the Greater Bay Area (GBA) Cooperation Framework signed by the governments of Guangdong Province, Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, there is a need for collaborative efforts to advance the development of the GBA. The GBA is now integrating rapidly in terms of economic development, infrastructure projects, transportation connections, and more frequent people-to-people exchanges. These developments raise important questions that tourism development and policy research should address, such as:
The long-term impacts of greater tourism activity on the GBA
Sustainability of tourism development for communities in the GBA
Tourism management coordination, promotion, and cooperation between the different cities of the GBA
Even and balanced tourism development for both sides of the Pearl River Delta
The impacts on tourism mobilities of large infrastructure projects such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
Creation of joint destination branding, image, and marketing of the GBA
Tourism products and attractions development across the GBA
Given the rapid and intense integration already occurring, it is logical that research in tourism and hospitality areas also become collaborative and integrative. Thus, under the GBA cooperation framework and aided by their long-standing partnerships, IFT, SYS, and HKPU are organizing this Forum, the purpose for which is… to discuss, identify, prioritize, and focus research efforts and resources towards addressing the most urgent tourism development challenges facing the Greater Bay Area in a coordinated and collaborative framework.
Who should attend
The Forum invites policy-makers, government officials, and decision-makers of all backgrounds and areas to participate and address the above issues or raise other pertinent points for research. The Forum also invites scholars, researchers, community interest groups, think-tanks and private associations to participate. Members from the travel and hospitality industries, industry associations, and stakeholders from the GBA are very much welcome to attend and share their opinions, as are members of the general public.
The forum is open to all and is free of charge, but registration in advance is necessary. The Forum will be conducted in English, with simultaneous translations in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Dr. Fanny Vong, President, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao SAR
Session 1 - Tourism opportunities and challenges under the Greater Bay Area integration
(Each presentation below will be followed by a 5-minute Q&A.)
(15:05 - 15:20) Prof. Bao Jigang, Dean, School of Tourism Managemnet, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
(15:25 - 15:40) Dr. Fanny Vong, President, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao SAR
(15:45 - 16:00) Prof. Haiyan Song, Associate Dean and Chair Professor, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR
Session 2 - Round-table discussion and OPEN FORUM
The three presenters will be engaging with members of the audience to discuss, debate and identify issues and priorities for tourism research in the Greater Bay Area.
Prof. Jigang Bao and Prof. Haiyan Song
End of forum