Listasafn Islands

Without Destination - Conference

Practicing Nature-Based Tourism
5-6 February 2011, Multipurpose Room, Hafnarhús

Click here to listen to lectures from the conference on Vimeo.

Practicing Nature-Based Tourism is an international, interdisciplinary conference dedicated to nature-based tourism and Iceland’s role as a tourist destination. The conference is intended as an opportunity for domestic and foreign researchers from the varied fields of nature-based tourism to present their conclusions to a broader community.

The roster will include tourism specialists, geographers, historians, sociologists, environmentalists, anthropologists, artists, architects, and marketers in the field of tourism. After a packed program of lecture offerings, panel discussions will address the challenges Iceland faces as a travel destination, its current position and future options in an era of increasing tourist volume and impact. Along with practitioners and scholars from the field of tourism, the panel will include leaders of the Icelandic travel industry, to present their close-up view of the problems at hand.

The lectures will be given in English and geared toward a general audience; the panel discussion will be conducted in Icelandic. A special issue of Landabréfið, the journal of the Association of Icelandic Geographers, will be compiled from selected papers given at the conference. The key-note speakers will be Lucy R. Lippard, of Galisteo, New Mexico, author, curator, and activist; Dr. Tim Edensor, geographer, of Manchester Metropolitan University; and Päivi Lappalainen, programme director for the Tourism and Experience Management Competence Cluster in Southwest Finland.

Registration is no longer active as the conference is fully booked. Recordings of the lectures will be available on the museums website shortly.

Conference Schedule

Without Destination was conceived by Markús Þór Andrésson, curator, and Gunnþóra Ólafsdóttir, geographer, and carried out in cooperation with the Reykjavik Art Museum, the Reykjavik Academy, and the Association of Icelandic Geographers. The project was made possible by support from the Nordic Culture Fund, the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture, Energy and Tourism, City of Reykjavík - Department of Culture and Tourism, Visit Reykjavik, Promote Iceland, Icelandic Tourist Board, The Embassy of the United States of America, Iaspis - the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Artists, Esja Travel and Hotel Holt.

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