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23 FEB 2024 (FRI) 15:00-16:30

Updated: Mar 1

Departmental Research Seminars Series

Geographies of tourism: A fertile frontier for geographies research

Date: 23 FEB 2024 (Friday)

Time: 15:00 - 16:30 (HKT)

Venue: CLL, Department of Geography, 10F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU



The geographies of tourism are variously described and necessarily inter, cross and multidiscplinary in its predelictions. In my Foreword to the forthcoming The Routledge Handbook of Tourism Geographies 2nd edition (Eds. Julie Wilson & Dieter Müller), I say:

Over the ensuing years, tourism geographies have consolidated and grown from its unassuming origins to now be positioned as a bona fide sub-field of its parent, geography. At the same time, its multi, cross and inter disciplinary nature has seen it morph into a legitimate pathway for questions around tourism and the evident intersections with space, place and environment, as well as the implications of all of this for the people and places in which this unfolds.

The importance of the subfield as a focus for geographical research is accentuated amidst the recent global pandemic and ongoing geopolitical ructions. Tourism geographies is multivalent and while travel and mobilities are central to its remit, it crosses over with adjacent geographies including economic, cultural, political and environmental geographies, and is influenced by pillar disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, history and economics, and cognate subfields including cultural studies, environmental sciences, international development, area studies, communication studies, and leisure and recreation, among others.

In this seminar, I introduce the journal Tourism Geographies, and expound on the opportunites for publication in the journal. At January 5, 2024, Scopus Cite Score Tracker has Tourism Geographies with a Cite Score of 26.6 - ranking it 1st in Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, and 2nd in Geography Planning and Development, respectively. While according to Web of Science, the journal’s Impact Factor was 11.355 at the end of 2022.

Professor Joseph Cheer

Joseph is Professor of Sustainable Tourism and Heritage at Western Sydney University, Australia, as well as Associate Dean International, in the School of Social Sciences. He completed his PhD at Monash University. Joseph is Co Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Geographies and presently Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on the Future of Sustainable Tourism, Co-Chair of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Recreation, Tourism and Sport Group, board member International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on the Geographies of Tourism Leisure and Global Change, advisory board member to the UNWTO Best Villages initiative, a co-founder and current board member of Atlas Critical Tourism Studies - Asia Pacific (CTS-AP), and immediate past board member of PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association).




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