Critical Tourism Studies (CTS) is an international network of scholars who share a vision of producing and promoting social change in and through tourism practice, research and education. The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo and Department of Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University were excited to co-host the inaugural CTS North America conference. The conference was held Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Waterloo Summit Centre for Environment in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. Situated in heart of Muskoka and Ontario’s lake country, this venue provided an ideal setting for advancing understanding of tourism through engaged and inclusive dialogue, critical reflection, collaboration, and creative expression.
Our conference theme was Tourism and Wellness – Travel for the good of all? Envisioned as a “slow conference”, Critical Tourism Studies North America 2016 included a variety of activities ranging from the traditionally intellectual to the innovative, artistic, and experiential. An edited book based on the conference theme was published in 2018.
See the CSTNA conference 2016 website for more details.
This research was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection Grant, 2016-2017.