Affirmation of the KIMEP International Research Conference on The Silk Road and the Tourism and Hospitality Industries
Monday, 16 April 2018
More than 100 academics, industry practitioners, government policy makers and students from 25 countries and economies gathered together in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 13-14 April 2018 for the KIMEP International Research Conference on The Silk Road and the Tourism and Hospitality Industries.
Key points of the conference were:
- Noting the importance and significance of the historical silk road for tourism and hospitality industry development;
- Stressing the importance of tourism and hospitality industries in the region as a vital force for peace, economic and social development, cultural and environmental preservation; and stressing the importance of public and private sector partnership with sound tourism policies established based on tripartite efforts by the tourism researchers, government policy makers and the private sectors;
- Affirmed that the Conference served as a critical momentum for further deployment of collaborative efforts in creating and delivering future Silk Road Tourism forums, especially with the launching of the “One Belt, One Road, One Tourism” Conference slated to take place in Palembang, Indonesia, on 22-24 November 2018.
Professor Levent Altinay, Oxford Brookes University
Professor Kaye Chon, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Professor San Hung Lee, KIMEP University
Professor Muharrem Tuna, Gazi University
Professor Dae-Kwan Kim, Kyung Hee University