Re-Scape Colloquium: COVID-19 and Its Effect on Mass Tourism in World Heritage Cities

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The current COVID-19 crisis has many unforeseen side effects; one of them is a (temporary?) decline in mass tourism in cities famous for their preserved heritage like Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, and Paris. In this webinar several specialists will reflect on questions such as: How will these cities and their inhabitants respond when mass tourism returns? What measures can or should now be taken while mass tourism is on pause? How is education and research about mass tourism being affected? How has the experience of these cities changed? How is heritage education in general being affected by the corona crisis? This webinar will delve into these questions with the help of local and international experts in the fields of heritage tourism, heritage education, digital humanities, and historical archaeology. Its aim is to gain insight from their specific experiences in order to understand the effects of COVID-19 on tourism and heritage.

This online Re-scape is hosted by Dr. Eldris Con Aguilar, who is specialized in heritage education in an urban and postcolonial context. 


11.00 Dr. Eldris Con Aguilar:  Welcome and Introduction 

11.10 Prof. Dr. Stijn Reijnders (Erasmus University Rotterdam):  “Imaginative heritage: media, tourism and cultural sustainability”

11.30 MA MSc Karin Elgin-Nijhuis (Elgin & Co, Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality International ConferenceSlow Tourism LAB and Team Tourism Consulting): "From #RestartTourism to #BuildBackBetter. Trends in thinking about post-COVID tourism. Some observations"

11.50 10 minutes break

12.00 Drs. Roos Gerritsma (Hogeschool Inholland Amsterdam): "Amsterdam: on the Brink of Change?!"

12.20 Prof. Valerie Higgins (American University of Rome): "Europe's Historic Cities: Finding the Economic Alternative to Overtourism in a Post-Pandemic World"

12.40 Q&A session

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Topic: Re-Scape Colloquium: COVID-19 and Its Effect on Mass Tourism in World Heritage Cities
Time: Feb 18, 2021 10:30 AM Amsterdam