The Slum Tourism Network was launched at Destination Slum! on 10 December 2010. Its aims are to bring together academics and practitioners. We hope that the network will be successful and many will contribute.
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The international conference on slum tourism that was held in Bristol from 9-11 December was a great success. Delegates from 6 continents discussed a wide variety of subjects dealing with tourism in slums around the world.
The conference started with an interesting and entertaining discussion of tourism in the favelas by keynote speaker Bianca Freire Medeiros. Following this, 24 other presentations were given that sparked off great discussions not only directly following the presentation, but also during coffee breaks and the evening programme.
To all that came, thank you very much for your input. Let’s hope we can follow up on the momentum of this conference to increase research and insights regarding slum tourism so that a follow up conference can be organised soon! In the meantime the RC21 conference in Amsterdam may be a next meeting point for those doing research on tourism in slum areas.
The conference Destinationa Slum! which is organised in Bristol,UK 9-11 December and aims to bring together researchers of slum and poverty tourism in urban areas, is shaping up to be an exciting event. Over 20 proposals of papers have been accepted and will be presented. More information about the conference can be found on its website.
For those wishing to attend, the deadline for the call for papers has now passed but it is still possible to attend the conference without presenting. The cost of attendance is £ 50.00 for graduate students or independent researchers without full employment and £ 100.00 for full academic researchers and researchers in full employment. To secure a place people can register here and pay the fee here (fees are paid through the University of the West of England).