World Responsible Tourism Day: 16th Amity International Tourism & Hospitality Conference, 25-26 September (online + free)

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Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism (FHT)
16thAmity International Tourism & Hospitality Conference (AITHC 2020)


25th – 26th September 2020



Registration for Day 1 and Day 2

Day 1: 25 September,  8:30 am India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30) – registration link
Day 2: 26 September, 10:00 am India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30) – registration link


Amity agenda

Webinar 17 Sept: The active role of protected areas for the restarting of the country / Il ruolo attivo delle aree protette per la ripartenza del paese

This meeting will be in Italian

Protected natural areas are a strategic resource for health and well-being and for overcoming the fragility of the territory, and they can also be an occasion for the Italy to restart. The conference will discuss with Federparchi and the Italian nature protected areas how the paradigms of nature conservation and sustainable design of the territory are essentials, considering the changes that have occurred with the Covid-19 emergency. Tourism, as an integrated policy for conservation and development and enhancement of the landscape, is an opportunity for the revitalization of natural parks and protected areas and of the territory in various territorial contexts, marginal and urban.

Le aree naturali protette costituiscono una risorsa essenziale per la salute e il benessere e sono risorsa strategica per superare la fragilità del territorio come presidio e occasione per la ripartenza del Paese. Il Convegno discuterà con Federparchi e alcuni parchi naturali italiani come i paradigmi di conservazione della natura e di progetto sostenibile del territorio siano essenziali alla luce dei cambiamenti intervenuti con l’emergenza Covid-19. Il turismo, politica integrata di conservazione e sviluppo e di valorizzazione del paesaggio, è un’opportunità per il rilancio dei parchi naturali e delle aree protette e del territorio nei diversi contesti, marginali, urbani.


Thursday 17 September from 14:30 to 17:30 (CET)

Angioletta Voghera
Polytechnic University of Turin, CED PPN-DIST, Community INU Paesaggio e biodiversità

Giampiero Sammuri
, The Covid-19 protocol for protected natural areas
Agostino Agostinelli, ParchiAperti initiative


Review of international cases
Anna Spenceley
, IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group Leader (TAPAS Group)
Sonia Anelli, Parchi del Ducato, STTfT – Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow
Sara Zappini, Director of Terme di Rabbi PN Stelvio, Trentino
Emma Taveri, Destination Marketing Manager and CEO  

The case of Parco delle 5 terre
Patrizio Scarpellini, Director of Parco delle Cinque Terre, Liguria
Dario Zocco, Director of Parco del Po – the strecht from Alessandria to Vercelli


Corrado Teofili, Paolo Pigliacelli, Federparchi, EUROPARC Italia, Gabriella Negrini, Luigi La Riccia, Emma Salizzoni, Benedetta Giudice, CED PPN, DIST – Polytechnic University of Turin

Read in Italiano

New MOOC Conservation session

The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Programme on African Protected Areas and Conservation (IUCN-Papaco) is running a new session of its online courses (MOOC) on nature conservation – protected areas being the specific target. These courses are online and free, and the fruit of a partnership between Papaco, Senghor University of Alexandria and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

When? The next session runs from 14 September to 13 December 2020.

What? Six MOOCs to choose from: Protected area management, Ecological monitoring, Law enforcement, Species conservation, Valorisation of PA resources & sustainable tourism and New technologies.

The Valorisation of PA resources MOOC includes 3 modules based on the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines on Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability – produced by the IUCN WPCA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group.

Students who complete MOOC exams with an average score above 75% receive a certificate of completion. 

For who? These MOOCs are specifically for Conservation professionals (park managers, conservation agents, rangers, researchers etc.), students, professionals wishing to develop new skills or change careers, to anyone who is interested in nature etc.

To enrol, follow this link:

Papaco presence

Le Programme aires protégées d’Afrique & Conservation de l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN-Papaco) organise une nouvelle session de formations en ligne (MOOC) sur la conservation de la nature, ciblant plus spécifiquement les aires protégées. Ces formations sont entièrement gratuiteset 100 % en ligne. Ces MOOC sont réalisés en partenariat avec l’Université Senghor d’Alexandrie et l’École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. 

Quand ? La prochaine session aura lieu du 14 septembre au 13 décembre 2020. 

Quoi ? Six MOOC sont proposés : Gestion de aires protégées ; Suivi écologique ; Application des lois ; Conservation des espèces ; Valorisation des ressources & tourisme durable ; Nouvelles technologies.

Une attestation de réussite est délivrée pour chaque MOOC aux étudiants obtenant une moyenne supérieure à 75 % aux examens. La validation de tous les MOOC peut conduire à l’obtention du Certificat en ligne en Conservation des aires protégées. Pour plus d’information au sujet de ce certificat, cliquez ici

Pour qui ?Ces MOOC s’adressent aux professionnels de la conservation (gestionnaires de parcs, agents de conservation, gardes, guides, chercheurs etc.), aux étudiants, aux professionnels qui souhaitent développer de nouvelles compétences ou changer de voie, au grand public intéressé par la nature, etc.

Pour vous inscrire, rendez-vous sur

Où trouver le Papaco : 

Video: The COVID-19 pandemic impact on nature based tourism

This presentation was made to the Global Environment Facility’s COVID-19 Response Task Force on 1 September 2020. This Task Force session aimed to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on nature tourism, with a focus on Africa. I was invited to speak about impacts globally, and in Africa, as context for their discussions. The video also shares information about how tourism sectors are emerging, and resources to guide doing so safely, and sustainably. I share the video in the hope that the contents will be useful to others too.

YouTube link here

Further resources can be found here

Social safeguard for protected area tourism in sub-saharan Africa: Request for input


The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) of the European Commission has commissioned a study entitled “Strengthening and replication of ecotourism achievements in the protected areas of Sub-Saharan Africa” (Framework Contract EuropeAid/138778/DH/SER/multi, Specific contract 2018/404616). The company Prospect C&S is providing technical support to this study through a consortium led by COWI Belgium.

The European Union has been supporting the conservation of biodiversity in protected areas of Sub-Saharan Africa for several decades. Among the multiple actions supported, several have focused on the development of tourism as the main ecosystem service provided by these protected areas. 

A safeguard document is being developed to provide measures to protect indigenous and local populations from being harmed by tourism projects in protected areas in sub-saharan Africa.  Objectives of the safeguard include the following:

  • Guide the systematic social assessment of tourism project proposals in protected areas and their buffer zones.
  • Contribute to integrating social considerations into the decision-making process.
  • Help assess the possible environmental and social risks and the impacts (positive or negative) associated with a development intervention.
  • Help define measures and processes to effectively manage risks and enhance positive impacts.
  • Guide stakeholder engagement to enhancing the quality of project proposals and increase local ownership.

Request for input

Please get in touch if:

(a) you have examples of existing safeguard documents used for indigenous and local populations that could be drawn upon and cited within the new safeguard document (e.g. used in the tourism sector, used in protected areas).  

(b) you are a protected area manager in sub-saharan Africa that would like to participate in the consultation process (in English or French).

Contact: Dr Anna Spenceley –

Example of existing safeguard materials:

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Review draft: Visitation in protected areas in light of COVID-19: Guidance for protected area managers

IMG_20200706_122510267Recognising the importance of the contribution of tourism to protected area economies and conservation finance, this draft paper aims to give pragmatic guidance to protected area managers and authorities on operating tourism safely in light of COVID-19.  A series of hyperlinks to resources and to further information are provided.

The draft paper provides an overview of recommendations, but is not exhaustive, and each protected area will have different conditions and requirements to consider their approach.

The draft is being circulated for peer review, and welcomes input and comments to supplement the guidance provided, and additional links and resources.

To access the review draft, click here.  Kindly note that is a review draft, and is not yet designed, or for use or citation yet.

Please send comments to Dr Anna Spenceley at by Friday 14 August 2020.

For further information on the paper, please see this post.

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Niagara Falls tour boats show stark social distancing split – BBC


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World Bank E-book: Nature-based tourism tools and resources

Screenshot coverBased on the “Tools and Resources for Nature Based Tourism” launched on 27/28 July 2020, the World Bank has released an e-book to help link people quickly to the resources (see snapshot below).

Stay tuned for release of the full report – available soon

Link to the e-book: Click here or use

Webinar recording from the launch: Click here

Access Anna Spenceley’s presentation from the launch: Click here

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OECD Webinar recording: The Future of tourism in natural areas – impact, governance, financing

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Recording of the webinar on “The future of tourism in natural areas – Impact, governance, financing” organised by the OECD Trento Centre and TSM (Trentino School of Management), held on 3 July 2020.

Listen to the discussion recording on YouTube

More information about the initiative on my blog here and at

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