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Tourism Naturally Conference 2022

It is a pleasure to invite you to the Tourism Naturally Conference 2022, organized by The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Center for Protected Area Management at Colorado State University! The conference will take place at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center in Fort Collins, CO from June 5th-9th, 2022.


About the Conference

Tourism Naturally is a conference designed to address the myriad of 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.

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 over-tourism 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. Click here to learn more about the history of Tourism Naturally!


Conference Theme – “Protected Areas, Tourism and a Changing World”

Nature and human well-being are inextricably linked – neither will be achieved without the other. Protected areas are a beacon of hope and support for mental and physical health for those with access, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. With our 2022 theme, “Protected Areas, Tourism and a Changing World”, we will explore what work needs to be done on accessibility, especially for marginalized communities.

Tourism Naturally 2022 will bring together researchers, practitioners, private sector partners, and interested local communities to discuss how we can shape protected areas and tourism for the improvement of nature and the human condition. Thoughtful, responsible tourism to protected areas provides us with a great opportunity to repair connections, build economic opportunity, and provide us with a buffer to the rapidly changing world. We invite your perspectives on this critical topic.

Topics of Interest

Alongside our theme, we have several topics of interest specific to the Tourism Naturally 2022 Conference . When submitting an abstract or session proposal, you will be required to select three topics that your abstract fits under. Your three topics can be from the same group, but it is not required:


Topic Group 1 - Protected Areas: Livelihoods, Communities and Tourism   

  • How tourism and recreation in PAs can help pay for PA management and support community livelihoods
  • International protected area benchmarking
  • Evolving governance for delivery of tourism and recreation programs in protected areas
  • How are we defining a “protected area”?  What and who are we trying to protect it from?
  • Law and policy: Crafting laws and policies to promote sustainable tourism in protected areas
  • Implementation success stories in tourism and outdoor recreation programs – protected areas and communities
  • Benefit sharing models for nature-based tourism and protected area management
  • Economic valuation of cultural ecosystem services in protected areas
  • 2nd Home Owners, AirBnB and VRBO: Changing the Landscape of home ownership in tourism destinations
  • The role of protected areas role of protected areas and new forms of tourism in pandemic and post pandemic scenarios
  • Digitalization: how much is worth for tourism in protected areas?
  • Marine protected areas: how they can contribute to local sustainable economic development?



Topic Group 2 - Environmental Justice and Nature-Based Tourism

  • BIPOC community concerns about safety in the outdoors
  • DEI in nature-based tourism in protected areas
  • Resilience in nature-based tourism
  • DEI, Resilience, and Sustainability Indicators and Accountability in Land Management
  • The Voices Not at the Table: Institutionalizing Access and Input
  • Prioritizing a New Generation of Land Stewards at the Institution Level
  • Instilling Values in the Next Generation for Public Lands
  • Parks and homelessness
  • Engaging the growing urban population in the outdoors
  • Access and environmental justice:  how to expand benefits from protected areas and recreational utilization by underserved populations
  • The role of interpretation in building successful outdoor recreation programs


Topic Group 3- Connected Fates: Intersections of Human Health and Environmental Wellbeing

  • Post-pandemic approaches to settings and the provision of activities
  • Resilience: Building back better for a strengthened relationship between tourism, conservation and communities post COVID
  • Tourism, Recreation, Protected Areas and Public Health
  • Measuring, monitoring and mitigating impacts: the positive and negative impacts of tourism and outdoor recreation
  • Protected areas, human health, and equity
  • The role of nature in enhancing a sense of wellness and wellbeing
  • Impacts of remote workers or amenity migration
  • Advancing understanding of coupled social and ecological systems
  • Geoheritage, Geotourism and GeoParks
  • Tools for advancing integration of health, well-being, natural areas and tourism
  • The role of the outdoor industry in promoting sustainable outdoor recreation and tourism
  • Thirty by thirty:  how nature based tourism can help us achieve global goals to expand the global protected area estate


Topic Group 4 - Co-Creating for the Future: Tourism and Capacity Building

  • Training and professional development for community, public and private sector tourism and outdoor recreation programs
  • New competences for improving nature-based tourism in the future
  • Regenerative tourism and processes of value co-creation for tourists, local stakeholders and the environment
  • Private conservation efforts and their role in nature-based tourism
  • Tourism and digital revolution: how to embed new IT competences?
  • Innovative methodologies within the fields of recreation, park and tourism management
  • Integration of management frameworks in nature based tourism
  • Technological advances in visitor monitoring and management
  • Tourism as a System – Preparing for Change
  • How to reconcile the growth in outdoor recreation
  • Coastal economics and the Blue Economy


Plenary Speakers


Speakers to be announced soon!


Guide for Authors

The deadline to submit Organized Sessions/Symposia (90 and 120-minute format) is October 8th, 2021. The deadline to submit Individual Abstracts and Posters is November 5th, 2021. Authors are limited to one submission, though can be listed as a non-presenting co-author on an unlimited number of other submissions. The word limit per abstract is <300 words.


Submission Instructions can be found via the following links:

Organized Sessions

Individual Abstracts

Poster Presentations


Important Dates

Organized Session Deadline: October 8th, 2021

Individual Abstract/Poster Deadline: November 5th, 2021

Notification of Acceptance: December 17th, 2021


Conference Advisory Committee

Academic Committee

Amanda Stronza – Texas A&M University 

Kelly Bricker – University of Utah 

Robert Burns – West Virginia University 

Myron Floyd – North Carolina State University 

Hu Jing – China Central Normal University 

Steve McCool – University of Montana, IUCN 

Jim Barborak – Colorado State University 

Derrick Taff – Pennsylvania State University 

Nina Roberts – San Francisco State University


Industry and Management Committee

Liz Birdsall – Birsdall Marketing 

Toby Bloom – U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Mark Leslie – Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Rick Cables – Rick Cables Consulting 

David Buggs – Texas Parks and Wildlife Division

Julie Klein – Confluence Sustainability 

Donald Leadbetter – U.S. National Parks Service 

Katherine Papenbrock – Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade 

Kelly Pawlak – National Ski Areas Association 


Foundational Consortium

The Tourism Naturally 2022 Conference Organizers would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals for their integral roles with Tourism Naturally and for their continued stewardship of the initiative:


Iride Azara – University of Derby 

Christian Baumgartner – University of Applied Science of the Grisons 

Marcus Herntrei – Deggendorf Institute of Technology 

Eleni Michopoulou – University of Derby 

Federico Niccolini – University of Pisa 

Sandra Notaro – University of Trento 

Nikolaos Pappas – University of Sunderland 

Ulrike Pröbstl-Haider – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

Georg Christian Steckenbauer – Deggendorf Institute of Technology 

Xie Shangyu – Central China Normal University 


Organizing Committee


Conference Co-Chairs—

Michael J. Manfredo

Professor and Department Head, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Colorado State University


Ryan Finchum

Co-Director, Center for Protected Area Management

Protected Area Management, Ecotourism, Environmental Interpretation, and Conservation Leadership

Colorado State University


Conference Director—

Claire M. Nitsche

Event Coordinator, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Colorado State University


Conference Coordinators—

Wesley White

Communications Coordinator, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Colorado State University


Angela Hollingsworth

Program Planning Coordinator, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Colorado State University


Conference Planning Assistant --

Lucy Renfrow

Student, Junior Year, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Colorado State University



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We look forward to seeing you at the Tourism Naturally 2022 Conference!