Willingness of local residents to participate in protected area enhancement in the urban/rural fringe: Harnessing the potential of enlightened mass tourism
Professor David Weaver, Griffith University, Australia
Research interests of prof. Ahas include the study of spatial mobility and tourism, seasonality and climate change impacts. He has been actively involved in the developing of mobile positioning based research methodology for mobility studies and tourism geography. Mobile positioning is a promising method for studying space-time behavior of tourists in less populated areas and for monitoring visitor flows in national parks.
Visitor Management at UNESCO World Heritage Properties
Peter Debrine, Senior Project Officer , Sustainable Tourism UNESCO
Mr. DeBrine joined the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 2011 as a Programme Specialist where he is spearheading the implementation of a new World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme. Previously he was the Director of the World Heritage Alliance at the United Nations Foundation—a global community of travelers, members of the travel industry, government groups, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations working together to preserve and protect World Heritage sites while supporting local communities.
With extensive experience in sustainable development and tourism, Mr. DeBrine held the position of Deputy Director of the International Tourism Partnership for the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum where he worked with major hotel companies to create practical sustainability strategies and tools for the tourism industry. Previously, Mr. DeBrine worked as a Forestry Officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where he helped shape an international partnership for sustainable development in mountain regions. This builds on his many years as an environmental campaigner for WWF working on climate change, endangered species and sustainable tourism issues in the US and Europe. Mr. DeBrine holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado.
We regret to announce that Svetlana Persova cannot attend the conference due to urgent unforeseen circumstances.