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UWI 2nd International Tourism Conference

For Release Upon Receipt - January 13, 2012

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) will host the 2nd International Tourism Conference from January 19-21, 2012 at the Daaga Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine. This year’s conference is a collaborative effort among three campuses of The UWI (Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago) along with the London Metropolitan University in the UK and the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University in Canada.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Tourism, Culture & the Creative Industries: Exploring the Linkages’. Within recent years, research on the cultural and creative industries has grown exponentially and more destinations are realizing that in order to re-engineer their tourism products, a stronger link between tourism, culture and the creative industries is needed. Notwithstanding the fact that the boundaries of creative industries have not been clearly defined, what has been established is a solid foundation for the nexus between these three areas.

Against this background, this conference seeks to explore the potential links between tourism, culture and the creative industries and how such connections can contribute to a destination’s sustainable, economic, social and human development. Ultimately, it is hoped that this conference will in some way contribute to cross-disciplinary dialogues in tourism, culture and the creative industries which can advance knowledge and practice. With this in mind, the collection of papers represents diverse perspectives on the links between tourism and music, heritage, media, festivals, religion, film and culture.

Areas of interest for the conference include:

Impacts of tourism, culture and the creative industries (eg. economic, environmental, socio-cultural, political; measurement tools)

Cultural entrepreneurship

Tourism and Festivals/Events (eg. greening of festivals and cultural events, festival tourism)

Tourism and the Arts

Tourism and Culture and Heritage

Tourism and Publishing (eg. books, periodicals and newspapers)

Trade protocols of the CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with respect to Tourism and the Cultural Industries

Policy and Planning Framework (eg. research methodology, education and training)

Keynote speakers at this year’s tourism conference will be Professor Greg Richards, Professor of Leisure Studies at the University of Tilburg in The Netherlands and Professor Carolyn Cooper, Professor of Literary and Cultural studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

For further information on the 2nd International Tourism Conference, visit the conference website at or contact Dr. Acolla Lewis-Cameron at (868) 662-2002 ext. 2621 or at

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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)