Social and Political Perspectives on Tourism


Welcome to students from the University of Lincoln as well as other visitors. Through this student-led Virtual Conference, we seek to involve final year tourism students in the exploration of the social and political dimensions of tourism of the early 21st century.

Our conference theme for 2017 is "Towards equal tourism participation and inclusive working environments: access, security and wellbeing".

We invite you to actively participate in this stimulating event and engage in thought provoking debates. Join us in reflecting on issues of security, equality, access and participation in tourism as well as an analysis of tourism and hospitality working environments​. The conference gives students a unique opportunity to explore a range of critical issues in tourism. 

We are seeking to explore the social, cultural and political dimensions of tourism in the early 21st century and explore the current critical issues in tourism. Key questions include:

  • What are the critical issues and challenges the tourism industry faces in the contemporary world?
  • Is access to tourism equal to all?
  • What are the social factors affecting access to tourism?
  • How do factors such as our gender, age, disability, ethnic identity and social status affect our access to tourism?
  • How can tourism help empower women?
  • Who are those working in tourism and what key challenges are they facing in tourism employment?
  • What can be done to make tourism workplaces more inclusive and ethical?

We look forward to exploring your ideas and seeing you engage in debates with other students. We hope you enjoy this experience!

Key Dates

Monday 8th May
Students to be sent login details

Monday 15th May
Students upload their discussion papers

Tuesday 16th May - Friday 19th May
Full conference runs and commentaries to be uploaded