ICTR Keynote Outlines

Keynote Outlines

The following are outlines for the Keynote Speeches which will take place at ICTR 2020.

Opportunities for sustainable development of coastal and maritime tourism: The case of Finland

Sanna-Mari Renfors, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK), Finland

Coastal and maritime tourism is one of the largest maritime activities in the European Union. In Finland, the land of the thousand lakes and islands, the draw of the waters have great potential for becoming internationally competitive tourism destinations. And for these desinations to be truly competitive it is important to look at the issues of sustainability. Sustainability is anchored in building competitiveness, which in turn produces benefits for society and the environment. This presentation addresses opportunities for sustainable development of coastal and maritime tourism in Finland focusing on different stakeholders’ viewpoints. In particular, innovative use of natural and cultural resources in development of sustainable tourism experiences.

Developing the Dual Educational System in Higher Education as Responsible Corporate Activity

Dr. Hajnalka Csáfor, Eszterházy Károly University, Eger Hungary

Dual partnership is seen such a corporate activity, which undoubtedly requires serious energy and money input from the company side, but they also have many benefits from the work of those full time students who are employed by them simultaneously with their university studies in the framework of dual educational system. So, participating in dual education is not only corporate philanthropy, it is therefore based on reciprocity, and will work well only, if companies recognize the benefits that they can achieve by pursuing it. If the dual partnership provides mutual benefits to trainees and companies (and also universities), it meets the criterion of modern strategic corporate social responsibility, which is based on those responsible activities that not only affect the well-being of the supported party in a positive direction, but also pay off to the responsible companies as well. Furthermore, besides the benefits for the participating parties, the dual education system has positive influence on the region’s economic development as well.
In my speech I’m going to give a short overview of types of the cooperation between universities and corporations, focusing on those activities in which corporate experts are involved in university education. After highlighting the main aspects and barriers of developing dual educational system, I’m going to present the results of a Hungarian research on corporate aspects of dual educational system. The conclusions and proposals of my speech will derive from the research results and also from own experiences of the establishment of dual educational system, comparing them to the experiences of other European practice.

The Importance of The Past in an Uncertain Future

Greg Gardner State University of New York

Key Themes:

  • How our patrimony is affected by a changing climate and how it must be preserved if we are to survive the changes.
  • Food and wine as elements of patrimony and as engines of tourism and economic benefits

Summary of Speech

Human societies have always faced an uncertain future and periods of significant change have always disturbed social structures and relationships.  Today, along with the usual political, economic, and technological changes, we are seeing a change in our climate – something that has been largely stable throughout our modern history.

When faced the great change, we often look to the past to anchor us and to remind us of a time when we think things were more certain or when we were able to successfully face change and uncertainty.  This can give us the spiritual reassurance we need to face a frightening future.  It is important that we continue to harbor our patrimony – physical, intellectual, artistic, and social, as a bridge to the past.  If we let that patrimony go, we risk being unprepared for the future.

Agriculture and the production of food and wine is an important element in the patrimony of our cultures.  It is also an important element in the development of tourism, which has enormous economic value to many regions.  Global climate change promises to have a powerful impact on the foods we eat and the wines we drink and on the choices made by tourists.  That impact is uncertain still, but the evidence is clear that it is coming.  This conference is an opportunity to begin thinking about these issues and to explore possible strategies in response to the changes.  Participants are strongly encouraged to work together to further this important work and to share their conclusions through publication.