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About Tourism Naturally Conference

Tourism Naturally is a conference designed to address the myriad issues that arise as tourism businesses, infrastructure, travelers and hosts interact in overlapping economic, cultural, social and environmental spheres. Our mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the travel and tourism field.

Tourism Naturally was started in 2016 by Colorado State University’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in partnership with the University of Sassari, University of Derby, University of Pisa and Central China Normal University. The inaugural conference took place in Alghero, Italy, attracting 150+ participants from over 30 different countries. Since then it has been hosted in Vienna, Austria (2018) and Buxton, United Kingdom (2019).

With the 2022 Tourism Naturally Conference, we aim to catalyze the advancement of collaborative, cross-disciplinary science and contribute to the greater good of public lands preservation, environmental health, human wellbeing and the tourism industry.

Alghero Centro Storico E Capocaccia
Conference Organizers speaking at a social at Villa Loreto in Alghero, Italy (2016).

Through providing a platform to share knowledge, we will bring together researchers, practitioners and stakeholders from a wide range of disciplines to discuss critical issues such as overtourism in national parks, the role of tourism in conservation, a current understanding of the multiple-use and sustained yield act and its implications, and the role of businesses in promoting outdoor recreation and the protection of public lands.

We invite you to join us and help to set the precedent for future tourism research, innovation, and collaboration as well as to further the application of research in the tourism field!

human dimensions of natural resources department at Colorado State university