Iso-CHATS past recordings – Season 1

Links to Season 1 Iso-CHATS Seminar Season recordings, insightful and topical.


1.1 If we torture, will they travel? An investigation into human rights and travel | Assoc Prof Anne Hardy (University of Tasmania)

1 May 2020. In this iso-CHAT, Assoc Prof Anne Hardy explores the concept of human rights and social justice and how these concepts have been explored in tourism.  She then addresses the United Nations Convention Against Torture and explores the complexities surrounding countries’ and tourists’ attitudes towards torture following ratification of this document.

1.2 Navigating free commercial research to assist with COVID insights | Dr Allison Anderson (Tourism Tasmania)

8 May 2020. In her Iso-CHAT Dr Allison Anderson examines what the WHO has recently coined the ‘infodemic’ that describes the over-abundance of information that has become available during the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation makes it challenging to discern reputable and accurate information to inform research and decision making. Allison talks about how Tourism Tasmania is navigating the infodemic to provide current and relevant insights to government and the tourism industry.

1.3 Coming back from crises Assoc Profs Gabby Walters and Judith Mair (The University of Queensland)

15 May 2020. Assoc Profs Gabby Walters and Judith Mair present practical representation of over a decade’s worth of research in crisis recovery and tourist behaviour. The presentation includes some very recent data pertaining to how Australian tourists feel about travel post COVID-19 and their likely response to the Australian road map to recovery. Research driven insights as to how tourists respond psychologically and behaviourally to crises will be shared, along with effective response strategies.

1.4 Building effective partnerships for sustainable indigenous tourism in Canada | Assoc Prof Sonya Graci (Ryerson University)

22 May 2020 The Naut’sa mawt Declaration on the Development of Sustainable Indigenous Tourism, created by 82 stakeholders in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada in April 2017 presents an important opportunity for a unified partnership approach to the implementation of Indigenous human rights through tourism. The declaration implores the need for cultural preservation in Indigenous tourism development and to work in collaboration to ensure the preservation of traditional knowledge and the environment. It also recognises that Indigenous tourism development should be focused on reciprocity and that open communication and collaboration between Indigenous communities, non-Indigenous communities and tourism industry stakeholders is essential. This supports the well-being of communities and enables the enhancement of Indigenous livelihoods. This aligns with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 that identifies the need to enhance global partnerships for sustainable development. This presentation discusses partnerships in Indigenous tourism in Canada and showcases successful partnerships that are inclusive and beneficial to Indigenous peoples.

1.5 Cultural tourism without travel? | Dr Tamara Young (University of Newcastle)

29 May 2020 Travel restrictions during the COVID pandemic have led to increased promotion of mediated cultural experiences. This presentation examines key themes in the literature on virtual tourism focusing on whether virtual tourism provides a sustainable alternative to corporeal tourism. Cultural tourism without travel is a form of tourism degrowth that minimises the impacts of tourism on host communities. This conversation is anchored via case studies of Indigenous cultural tourism where technology is providing opportunities for localised community-focused knowledge-sharing and virtual cultural tourism experiences.

1.6 The silence: What can we learn from people who don’t like to travel? | Professor Can Seng Ooi (University of Tasmania)

5 June 2020. In this presentation, Professor Can Seng Ooi from the University of Tasmania, reflects on those that do not like to travel. He observes that the voice for people who do not like to travel is rather silent. These persons do not like to travel for different reasons, ranging from financial pressures, accessibility challenges, induced anxiety to just not interested. This silence reveals how we have tacitly framed tourism, how we have come to imagine modern society, and how we have marginalised groups of people. He will reflect and discuss the implications for the practice community, for researchers, for theory and for ourselves personally.

1.7 Social Licence and Tourism: A Critical Application | Professor Joseph M. Cheer (Wakayama University)

12 June 2020. Professor Joseph M. Cheer discusses whether tourism, is, on balance, an agent of beneficial change to communities exposed to it or whether economic gains can be adequately reconciled with the social and ecological withdrawals tied to it, remain robust themes for endless debate. Amidst enduring discourses, a noticeable absence in the myriad of conversation threads in tourism is the notion, social licence – more specifically, ‘social licence to operate’. Social licence is premised on the idea of informal or ‘tacit’ licensing that signals the presence or absence of a critical mass of public consent, which may range from reluctant acceptance to working relationships based on high levels of trust. In this seminar, Joseph will explore how social licence might be employed in theoretical and praxis based discussions concerning tourism. He will also anchor this discussion in a recently awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Linkage grant that among other issues, countenances the broader implications of social licence to operate in Indigenous Australian contexts.

1.8 Socialising Tourism | Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles (University of South Australia)

19 June 2020. COVID-19 has shut travel, tourism, hospitality and events in many parts of the world. It offers an opportunity to uncover the possibilities of resetting tourism. Contemporary tourism has supported neoliberal injustices and exploitation and has been co-opted for the profit of a few. ‘Responsible’ approaches to tourism alone, however, will not offer sufficient capacity to enable such a reset. Instead, such a vision requires a community-centred tourism framework that redefines and reorients tourism based on the rights and interests of local communities and local peoples. Theoretically, such an approach includes a way tourism could be ‘socialised’ by being recentred on the public good. This is essential for tourism to be made accountable to social and ecological limits of the planet.

1.9 Reliable ways of getting desk rejected at Annals of Tourism Research | Professor Sara Dolnicar (The University of Queensland)

26 June 2020. Of all manuscripts using quantitative methodology, 60% are desk-rejected. Three reasons account for 86% of these desk-rejections. In this Iso-CHAT, Professor Dolnicar, who is Co-Editor in Chief of Annals of Tourism Research will discuss these reasons and explain what authors can do to avoid falling at the first hurdle.