In this context, tourism as a historically-recognised volatile industry has many issues to address if it is to move towards a more sustainable future. Subjects of interest to the conference included artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, social innovation and new trends of responsible consumption, climate change, environmental-economic impacts, terrorism, (labour) mobility, urbanisation, immigration, globalisation, tourism governance, policy and leadership, gender equality, and more.
At this event, which aimed to take a multidisciplinary approach with the key goal of bridging the gap between tourism theory and practice, Prof Cooper delivered a key note presentation on 'Pleasures for Pleasure - Past, Present and Future'.
He noted: "I spent a stormy and wet few days in Dubrovnik in November at the Dubrovnik International Tourism Conference organised by the Croatian Institute for Tourism. The conference attracted over 150 international delegates and it was a great learning experience."