Keynote Speakers

Professor Robert Maitland

Cool Suburbs? Tourist Exploration and the outer city

Robert Maitland is Professor of City Tourism and Director of the Centre for Tourism Research at the University of Westminster in London. An urban economist, he is a leading authority on tourism in cities, in particular world cities and national capitals. The Centre was top-rated by Higher Education Funding Council for England for its teaching excellence, one of only two university departments in the UK to receive the maximum rating in tourism.

Robert is Chair of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education, and Chair of the international ATLAS City and National Capitals Tourism Research Group. He is a regular invited speaker at international conferences, and has edited journal special issues on capital city tourism, and social tourism. He has been researching and teaching tourism in cities for almost 20 years.

Dinu Bumbaru, C.M., Policy Director, Héritage Montréal, and President, ICOMOS Canada

Roads and routes of World Heritage – Evolution and conceptual challenges of new conservation

 In 2008, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) adopted the ICOMOS Charter on Cultural Routes and principles of recognition, conservation and enhancement of such emerging heritage. This charter will guide ICOMOS in its role as advisory body to UNESCO, in particular the implementation of the World Heritage Convention which recognizes the universal value of certain roads and routes heritage. Following the registration of the Way of Saint Jacques de Compostela, World Heritage Site in 1993, those Himalayan Railway or the Rideau Canal in Canada or the Silk Road in Asia , such heritage is growing in recognition.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in 2012, the presentation will address the challenges and opportunities posed by the conservation and development of roads and trails, a form of heritage property arose from the growing interest in the world for landscapes and other forms of complex ecosystems as true witnesses of the human adventure.

Professor Mike Robinson

The Persistence of Remembering the Unknown: Touring War and the Self

Professor Robinson holds the Chair of Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham, UK and is Director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage. He was previously Professor of Tourism and Culture at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is also Founder and Director of the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, and the Series Editor of the Tourism and Cultural Change Book Series. For the past 22 years Mike’s work has focused upon the relations between tourism, culture and heritage and he has published numerous books, articles and chapters on the various ways in which these realms collide. His most recent book deals with Tourist Emotions. Mike was a Government appointed member of the UK’s Expert Panel to determine the UK’s Tentative List for World Heritage in 2010-2011. He was recently appointed to the UNESCO Expert Panel to assist with the development of a Programme in World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism.

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