Social and Political Perspectives on Tourism


Welcome to students from the University of Lincoln as well as other visitors. Through this student-led Virtual Conference, we seek to involve final year tourism students in the exploration of the social and political dimensions of tourism of the early 21st century.

Our conference theme for 2018 is "Exploring the possibilities of a critical tourism approach: What it means to embed social justice to transform lives of visitors and workers in tourism?".

We are seeking to explore the social, cultural and political dimensions of tourism in the early 21st century and explore the current critical issues in tourism. Key questions include:

  • What are the critical issues and challenges the tourism industry faces in the contemporary world?
  • Is access to tourism equal to all? What are the social factors affecting access to tourism? What insights does the critical tourism perspective offer?
  • How can we make tourism accessible to all?
  • How do age, disability, gender, sexuality and race affect our experiences of tourism?
  • Who are those working in tourism and hospitality, and what key challenges are they facing in tourism employment?
  • What can be done to make tourism and hospitality workplaces more inclusive and ethical?

We look forward to exploring your ideas and seeing you engage in debates with other students. We hope you enjoy this experience!

Key Dates

Tuesday 8th May
Students to be sent login details

Monday 14th May
Students upload their discussion papers

Tuesday 15th May - Friday 18th May
Full conference runs and commentaries to be uploaded