Proposal Title

SESSION 3 [Panel]: Rural Tourism Development across BC: Challenges and Opportunities in a Growing Sector

Presentation Type

Panel, roundtable, or workshop

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

4-5-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

4-5-2019 12:15 PM

Abstract

This panel brings together a diverse group of experts on tourism development with unique perspectives on Indigenous tourism, rural tourism entrepreneurship, tourism planning, and provincial tourism policy. The discussion is aimed at identifying the most important opportunities, as well as the key challenges, for a sustainable development of rural tourism in BC in the years ahead.

Description

Rural BC is increasingly seen as a national leader in local tourism development with dozens of Destination Canada's Signature Canadian Experiences found all across rural BC. At the same time, tourism in the province is growing and becoming a more important sector for both the provincial economy and a great many local communities.

With the ongoing development and the positive outlook for tourism in BC it is timely to discuss the opportunities communities have before them, whether established tourism centres like the Okanagan or emerging tourism economies in more remote corners of the province.

This panel brings together a diverse group of experts on tourism development with unique perspectives on Indigenous tourism, rural tourism entrepreneurship, tourism planning, and provincial tourism policy. The discussion is aimed at identifying the most important opportunities, as well as the key challenges, for a sustainable development of rural tourism in BC in the years ahead.

Panelists
Danielle Robinson
is a PhD Candidate in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. She lives in the South Okanagan where together with farmers, artisans, storytellers, entrepreneurs and other people who care, she explores the relationships between local food cultures, sustainability and rural tourism. Danielle teaches courses in tourism planning, wine and culinary tourism and sustainable tourism at Okanagan College.

Donna Senese is a Professor at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and has vast experience with tourism development in the region. In particular, Donna is an expert on wine and culinary tourism in the Okanagan Valley and brings a geographical perspective to tourism development including the challenges of a changing climate in BC.

Moderator
Patrick Brouder
is the British Columbia Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development at Vancouver Island University. He has over a decade of experience working on rural tourism development in northern Sweden, northern Canada, and, more recently, British Columbia.

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May 4th, 10:45 AM May 4th, 12:15 PM

SESSION 3 [Panel]: Rural Tourism Development across BC: Challenges and Opportunities in a Growing Sector

IB 1020

This panel brings together a diverse group of experts on tourism development with unique perspectives on Indigenous tourism, rural tourism entrepreneurship, tourism planning, and provincial tourism policy. The discussion is aimed at identifying the most important opportunities, as well as the key challenges, for a sustainable development of rural tourism in BC in the years ahead.