Tourism: Making or Breaking Places?

19 februari 2020

We live in a time where the societal impacts of tourism are looked at with hope and fear. Tourism can bring jobs, income, liveliness, and - if managed well – contribute to resilience and sustainability of places. However, there is also another side. The negative societal impacts of tourism, now often lumped together under the term ‘overtourism’, are not to be denied.   

To unravel the true potential of tourism in ‘making places’ instead of ‘breaking places’, we are in urgent need of more knowledge. Knowledge about the factors that determine the nature and intensity of tourism’s impacts and the best ways to measure impacts. Furthermore, destinations want to know what is, for them, the optimal level and type of tourism, which strategies are available to manage impacts, and how to make these strategies successful.

It is the right time to provide society and destinations with this knowledge, and therefore the Academy for Tourism of Breda University of Applied Sciences announces the start of the new professorship ‘Social Impacts of Tourism’.

On Wednesday 19 February from 15.30 onwards, Jeroen Klijs will give his Lectoral Speech on this professorship. This will take place in the Chapel of the Horizon building. Paul Peeters, as incumbent professor within the Academy for Tourism, will also contribute to this afternoon with a speech. Prior to the Lectoral Speech, starting at 14:30, we will say good-bye to Han Verheijden, professor of Productivity of the Academy for Tourism. He will look back at his professorship and share his thoughts about his theme. The programme for this afternoon will be as follows:

  • 14.00 Welcome with coffee and tea
  • 14.30-15.00 Good-bye to Han Verheijden
  • 15.00-15.30 Break
  • 15.30 Lectoral Speech by Jeroen Klijs
  • 16.30-18.00   Drinks reception

Please register here for this event before Monday 10 February 2020.

Practical information:

  • Address: Mgr. Hopmansstraat 2, 4817 JS Breda
  • Parking spaces are limited, we are easily accessible by public transport

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Contact person for this afternoon: Yvonne Verschuren