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Comment on the Yangshuo Conference

Dear Alan,

I would like to tell you, from my holiday resort in France, how I enjoyed attending the last international conference in Yangshuo, which was, thanks to you and your team and colleagues both from the States and the Sun Yat-sen University, a full success.

Most of the papers were very interesting, and I had the opportunity to get in touch with a lot of new friends and specialists who, I do hope, will work with my own research center, upon shared subjects, in the next months.

Once more, I am happy to send you all my best and sincere congratulations for that beautiful event, in the organisation of which you had such an important part. I do hope too we shall have to go on with that new partnership, especially in the view of the next conference in China within a couple of years. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to get in touch with me whenever you may think we should have a useful cooperation in common scientific fields.

Jean-Marie Breton,
Université des Antilles et de la Guyane

Sustainable and Alternative Tourism
An International Conference
Yangshuo (Guilin), China - 11 to 13 July 2009


13 July 2009

Don't Miss our 2011 Conference in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province - dates TBA

Major 2009 Conference Themes:

Tourism and Sustainability:

  • Defining Sustainable Tourism
  • Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts of Tourism
  • Community Based Tourism, Geotourism, Civic Tourism and Other Sustainable Approaches to Tourism

Alternative Tourism:

  • Alternative Tourism Goals
  • Mass and Niche Tourism
  • The Tourism Long Tail: Marketing Specialty Tourism
  • Reality Tourism, Dark Tourism, and Other Tourism
  • Backpacker and Youth Tourism

Conference Hosts:

Conference Organizers:

Conference Sponsor:

  • Guilin Tourism College

Conference Location: Guilin Tourism College, Yangshuo, China

  • Yangshuo has gained prominence in China's tourism through the Lonely Planet guidebooks to China. (See Lonely Planet's current description of Yangshou here). It is an international town (not really a city), nestled in one of the most dramatic landscapes in China (photos to the left) with many village-based bed and breakfast establishiments (bottom photo).
  • The Guilin Tourism College is located between Yangshuo and the larger city of Guilin.
  • Hotel: Yangshuo Tangrenjie Hotel - trjhotel.com

English will be the working language of the conference for all participants.

THIS WEBSITE IS FOR PARTICIPANTS RESIDING OUTSIDE CHINA, AS WELL AS FORIEGN PARTICIPANTS RESIDING IN CHINA, AND NON-CHINESE CITIZENS RESIDING IN CHINA - China residents should contact the Conference Secretariat for registration information: Center for Tourism Research and Planning, Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University, China

Key Dates & Program Summary:

  • May 1, 2009: Due Date for Receipt of Abstracts
  • May 10, 2009: Early Registration deadline
  • May 11, 2009: Regular Registration starts
  • June 11, 2009: Late Registration Starts

  • July 10 (Fri): Arrival in Yangshuo, hotel checkin
  • July 11 (Sat): Keynote speeches at the Conference Hotel in Yangshuo, followed by parallel paper sessions; Banquet in evening
  • July 12 (Sun): Conference Field Trip (destinations TBA)
  • July 13 (Mon): Parallel paper sessions at the Guilin Tourism College; Li River performace in evening

Conference Fee:

US$550 (early); $590 (regular); $650 (late), which includes:

  • Conference registration
  • Accommodation for four nights (checkin July 10, checkout July 14)
  • Meals starting with breakfast on July 11 through breakfast on July 14, and including the conference banquet on July 11
  • Field trip on July 12; Li River performance on July 13
  • Conference Hotel transfer service from and to the Guilin Airport (must provide conference organizers with arrival and departure information by June 25, 2009; only selected times on July 10 and July 14 will be available for transfer.)
  • Spouse and Student rates are available -- please see registration page

all photos by Alan A. Lew


Zhongshan University Northern Arizona University