2017-11-23 8:30:00 2017-11-25 17:30:00 Australia/Brisbane Third East-West Dialogue on Tourism and the Chinese Dream Third East-West Dialogue on Tourism and the Chinese Dream Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa Caroline Wylie/var>
23 - 25 Nov 2017



On behalf of the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) and the Griffith Tourism Confucius Institute (TCI), we take pleasure in inviting you to participate in the “Third East-West Dialogue on Tourism and the Chinese Dream” at the Marriott Hotel on the Gold Coast from 23 to 25 of November 2017. The event also contains the second Australia-China Tourism Forum to further extend the growing Australia-China relations.

This year’s conference is especially important for two reasons. Firstly, the United Nations have declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in the world, and has the potential to stimulate economic growth, create decent jobs, help preserve ecosystems, contribute to protecting cultural heritage, and support the peace building process. Secondly, 2017 is the China-Australia Year of Tourism, celebrating the close relationship between China and Australia and recognising the importance of the China market for Australia’s tourism economy.

The conference addresses the challenging topic of ‘Managing Tourism for Sustainable Growth’. President Xi Jinping introduced the concept of the ‘China Dream’ to highlight the aspirations of the Chinese people, and ‘Eco-civilisation’ as a form of development, an ethic, or blueprint for an environmentally harmonious compatible society. Given the increasing importance of Chinese outbound tourism around the world, the success of sustainable tourism is shaped by Chinese tourism trends. Thus, conference dialogue will link Sustainable Tourism for Development with the Chinese Government’s efforts towards becoming an ‘Eco-Civilisation’.

This conference provides a platform for tackling challenges and opportunities that arise from rapid tourism growth with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region, and the China-Australia relationship. Building on the first two successful conferences, this event will further strengthen and broaden the connections between the academic and business communities in Australia and China, and within the region, through creating opportunities for intellectual, business, and cultural dialogues. This will enhance mutual understanding and engagement between the two countries at a time when geopolitical interests are creating divisions.

The Gold Coast is the perfect location for this conference. It receives almost half a million Chinese visitors per year. In a recent Ctrip survey, the Gold Coast was voted as the favourite Australian holiday destination by Chinese travellers, and the only Western destination to make the global top ten list. Eco-civilization, sustainable tourism development and China-Australia relations are topics of great importance to Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and China.

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference in November.



Prof Susanne Becken

Dialogue Co-Convenor and Director of the Griffith Institute of Tourism

Dr. Peiyi Ding

Dialogue Co-Convenor and Deputy Director of the Tourism Confucius Institute