Noted tourism policy expert to speak at UH Hilo

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Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Donald E. Hawkins, recipient of the first World Tourism Organization Ulysses Prize for individual accomplishments in the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of tourism policy and strategic management, will speak at the University of Hawaii at Hiloon Tuesday, January 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Campus Center 301. The topic of his presentation is “Understanding Tourism in a World of Uncertainty—a Paradox Approach.”

Hawkins, Eisenhower professor of tourism policy at the George Washington University School of Business, believes that crises are the new norm and disruptions such as terrorist attacks, natural catastrophes, disease pandemics and market downturns are now a part of everyday life. Hawkins says a paradoxical notion advanced by the National Geographic Society that conventional and niche tourism can co-exist through the sustainable adoption of geotourism principles and practices is a possible benchmark that could have implications for Hawai`i. Businesses and government agencies involved in tourism will have to learn and use strategic planning and trend analysis that focuses on paradoxes influencing tourism globally such as stability and instability, globalization and localization, conservation and development, competition and cooperation and virtual and actual experiences, among others.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UH Hilo College of Business and Economics and UH Manoa.

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