The Institute of Development Studies at Massey University will host the 1st Tourism and the SDGs conference (Tourism4SDGs19) from 24-25 January 2019 at our Albany campus, Auckland, New Zealand.

The Sustainable Development Goals, ratified at the United Nations in 2015 and set to guide global development through to 2030, urge governments, industry and communities alike to engage in direct efforts to work in more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable ways. As one of the world’s largest industries, tourism should address sustainability issues head on. There is certainly a great deal of rhetoric on the virtues and promise of tourism as a tool for sustainable development, and there have been positive steps towards sustainability by many companies, governments and others. However, it is also claimed that the tourism industry has oversold its sustainable potential:  “Tourism hides its unsustainability behind a mask that is all the more beguiling because it appears so sustainable. We too easily imagine that tourism as the embodiment of sustainability, when in reality it may represent unrealized hopes and desires for the world we want to live in, the environments we want to inhabit, and economy we want to participate in” (Hollenhorst et al. 2014: 306).

This conference on Tourism and the SDGs offers the opportunity for a wide range of scholars and tourism stakeholders to discuss and debate both (i) challenges to tourism contributing to the SDGs, and (ii) ways in which tourism can deliver on its potential to be more inclusive, equitable and sustainable, in line with the values embedded in the Global Goals.

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Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2018-09-16

Call for paper description

The Tourism4SDGs19 Organising Committee now invites researchers, practitioners, and others to submit research and position papers in the following streams:

Stream 1: People - no poverty (SDG1); zero hunger (SDG2); good health and well-being (SDG3); quality education (SDG4); and gender equality (SDG5).

Stream 2: Prosperity - affordable and clean energy (SDG7); decent work and inclusive economic growth (SDG8); Industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG9); reduced inequalities (SDG10); sustainable cities and communities (SDG11).

Stream 3: Planet – clean water and sanitation (SDG6), responsible consumption and production (SDG12); climate action (SDG13); life below water (SDG14); and life on land (SDG15).

Stream 4: Peace & Partnerships – Peace, justice and strong institutions at all levels (SDG16) and institutions working together in global partnerships (SDG17).

Stream 5: Cross-Cutting SDGs - Contributions about tourism-related topics that relate to a range of SDGs, rather than fitting into just one of the proposed streams

Stream 6: Tourism Education/Pedagogy - The stream is concerned both with Quality Education (SDG 4) and also with linking tourism education and the SDGs more broadly in terms of how educators engender students' critical thinking skills and responsibility in relation to ethical and contemporary global tourism issues through curricula. 

Author guidelines

No conference proceedings will be published following the conference. Only the paper title, authors, keywords, and abstract will be placed on the conference website.  However, we might consider publishing a book or journal special edition.  

Presentations for contributed papers will be allocated a maximum time of 15 minutes. 

Delegates may submit and present one paper each (but may appear as co-author on additional papers or contribute in another capacity in panel or workshop sessions). 

More information about the conference registration process and costs can be found on the conference website.


  • Regina Scheyvens (Convenor)
  • Heidi van der Watt (Organiser)
  • Tracy Berno – Auckland University of Technology
  • Api Movono – University of the South Pacific
  • Christian Schott – Victoria University of Wellington
  • Hazel Tucker – University of Otago
  • Karla Boluk- University of Waterloo
  • Joseph Cheer – Monash University
  • Emma Hughes – Massey University
  • Gabriel Laeis – Massey University


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