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China's Belt and Road Initiative: Long-Term Implications for Global Travel and Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Date: Friday, 20 April, 2018

Time: 14:30-17:30

Venue: FG51, Grand Hall, Taipa Campus, IFT, Macao SAR, China

 

background of The Forum

 

           China’s Belt and Road initiative aims to realize one of the most ambitious and far-reaching international cooperation programs ever undertaken, involving more than 60 countries and regions in Asia, Europe and the African continent, and with the goal of promoting closer cooperation among these countries. While most discussions about the Belt and Road revolve around infrastructure, economic, and trade development, few, if any, in-depth dialogues have taken place focusing on the initiative’s long-term impact on global travel and tourism.

 

           Since the Belt and Road initiative also envisions cooperation in regional tourism and the development of cross-country tourism routes and products, the aim of this forum is to discuss and address some of the most important issues affecting global travel and tourism as a result of the momentous change, opportunities, as well as challenges brought forth by the Belt and Road initiative.

 

            Organised jointly by IFT’s Tourism Research Centre and the College of Tourism and Service Management, Nankai University, the Forum will be inviting international scholars and experts to discuss in a panel format and share their insights as well as exchange ideas on key issues such as:

  • What investments and developments in travel, transport, and attractions infrastructure would be spurred by the Initiative and where? What opportunities and risks does the initiative bring for global tourism and hospitality development?
  • What are the challenges the initiative may face in terms of travel mobility, visa restrictions, socio-cultural impacts, and openness between countries along the Belt and Road? How can these challenges be overcome?
  • For actors in global hospitality and the travel trade and those involved in national tourism promotion and development, what preparations are needed to capitalize on the prospects brought by the initiative?
  • What are the long-term implications and challenges of the initiative for tourism & hospitality manpower mobility, skills development, training and education?

Panel discussants

Prof. Richard W.X.Hu Department of Politics & Public Administration, University of Hong Kong

Prof. Richard W.X.Hu

Department of Politics & Public Administration, University of Hong Kong

Prof. Tim Winter Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, Australia

Prof. Tim Winter

Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, Australia

Prof. Tim Summers Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. Tim Summers

Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Muhammad Saqib Irshad Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

Dr. Muhammad Saqib Irshad

Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

Prof. Hanqin Qiu School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Hanqin Qiu

School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Yanzheng Tuo Silk Road Tourism Research Center, Nankai University

Dr. Yanzheng Tuo

Silk Road Tourism Research Center, Nankai University

Dr. Hong Yu East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr. Hong Yu

East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

 

 

moderators

Dr. Eve Ren Institute for Tourism Studies

Dr. Eve Ren

Institute for Tourism Studies

Prof. Hong Xu College of Tourism and Service Management, Nankai University    

Prof. Hong Xu

College of Tourism and Service Management, Nankai University

 

 

 
 

Programme

 

14:30  

Welcome remarks

Dr. Fanny Vong, President, IFT

Dr. Zhong Li, Vice-Dean, TAS-Nankai University

 

14:45  

Panel discussion--Session 1

(In English with simultaneous translation in Mandarin*, followed by Q&A)

 

Moderator:

Dr. Eve Ren, IFT

 

Discussants:

Prof. Richard W. X. Hu, Department of Politics & Public Administration University of Hong Kong    

Prof. Tim Winter, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University, Australia

Prof. Tim Summers, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

15:45  

Coffee break

 

16:15   

Panel discussion--Session 2

(In Mandarin with simultaneous translation in English*, followed by Q&A)

 

Moderator:

Prof. Hong Xu, College of Tourism and Service Management, Nankai University

 

Discussants:

Prof. Hanqin Qiu, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Hong Yu, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr. Yanzheng Tuo, Silk Road Tourism Research Center, Nankai University

 

17:15   

Closing remarks

 

17:30  

End of forum

 

*Reservation for translation configuration required on a first-come-first-serve basis