Elisa Backer, Federation University
The CAUTHE conferences are an extremely valuable experience to tourism academics and PhD students. They provide delegates with opportunities to meet and learn from a terrific range of people, who generously offer supportive and useful feedback. Through attending CAUTHE conferences, I have become friends with some wonderful people who, like me, are serial attendees. It has also enabled me to collaborate with people and thus, CAUTHE has provided me with the opportunity to work with others who share an interest in the same research area. I recommend people not only go just to attend or present a paper, but to listen to others’ presentations, participate in social functions (drinking bubbly is a must), and support and get involved in the CAUTHE organisation.