Proposal Title

SESSION 1.1: You Can’t Eat the View: Food, Culture and Sustainability in South Okanagan Tourism

Presentation Type

Individual paper

Location

IB 1015

Start Date

3-5-2019 9:00 AM

End Date

3-5-2019 10:30 AM

Abstract

Researchers concerned with the complex, interrelated, and multi-scalar relationships between culture and rural tourism development have explored both positive and negative dimensions in diverse contexts; however, more systematic attention to the concept of cultural sustainability in the context of rural tourism is needed to design supportive policies and processes. This qualitative research investigates the relationships between local food cultures, sustainability and rural tourism in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia. Findings from semi-structured interviews with tourism leaders in strategic roles related to tourism development in the South Okanagan explore how concepts such as local food culture and sustainability are understood and mobilized in rural tourism contexts and to what purpose. Focus group findings provide insights into processes through which researchers can work with community stakeholders to enhance cultural sustainability. This research is supported by a Rural Policy and Learning Commons (RPLC) Research & Exchanges Service Rural Policy Research Grant, and will also include a comparative case study in Nova Scotia in order to evaluate the conceptualizations and mobilizations of local food culture and sustainability in two Canadian rural tourism settings with a particular emphasis on the role of related planning, policy and governance.

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SESSION 1.1: You Can’t Eat the View: Food, Culture and Sustainability in South Okanagan Tourism

IB 1015

Researchers concerned with the complex, interrelated, and multi-scalar relationships between culture and rural tourism development have explored both positive and negative dimensions in diverse contexts; however, more systematic attention to the concept of cultural sustainability in the context of rural tourism is needed to design supportive policies and processes. This qualitative research investigates the relationships between local food cultures, sustainability and rural tourism in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia. Findings from semi-structured interviews with tourism leaders in strategic roles related to tourism development in the South Okanagan explore how concepts such as local food culture and sustainability are understood and mobilized in rural tourism contexts and to what purpose. Focus group findings provide insights into processes through which researchers can work with community stakeholders to enhance cultural sustainability. This research is supported by a Rural Policy and Learning Commons (RPLC) Research & Exchanges Service Rural Policy Research Grant, and will also include a comparative case study in Nova Scotia in order to evaluate the conceptualizations and mobilizations of local food culture and sustainability in two Canadian rural tourism settings with a particular emphasis on the role of related planning, policy and governance.