International Conference on Sustainable Tourism

Malta, 25-27 May 2006

The Islands and Small States Institute of the Foundation for International Studies, at the University of Malta, in collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority and the World Tourism Organisation, will be organising an international conference on Sustainable Tourism with Special Reference to Islands and Small States to be held on 25 to 27 May 2006 at the Foundation for International Studies, Valletta. The conference will be inaugurated by the Hon Francis Zammit Dimech, Minister for Tourism and Culture.   The main objectives of the conference are to develop and discuss orientations in tourism that promote the attainment of lasting economic and social development, giving due attention to environmental concerns.   The Conference attracted around 50 participants who come from different parts of the world namely the Azores, Mauritius, Thailand, Malaysia, Israel, Ireland, Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, France, Netherlands, Spain (Balearic Islands) and other European Countries. Participants are all experts or scholars of repute in tourism studies.

The first day of the Conference will be dedicated to presentations by invited experts on themes related to sustainable development. The second day will be mostly dedicated to parallel panel sessions on different aspects of sustainable tourism such as economic, environmental, socio-cultural, sustainable development issues and other issues There will also be a special session on cold water islands vis-à-vis sustainable tourism. The third day will be dedicated to reports from the parallel sessions and the drafting and approval of a final statement.

One of the objectives of the conference is to publish a book on sustainable tourism containing papers presented at the conference.

For further information contact the Administrator, Ms Maryrose Vella on Tel: 21248218 or email: