Academic conference on tourism and mutual understanding

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The Centre for Asian Studies is inviting scholars and the general public to an international academic conference “Travel and Mutual Understanding: East Asia, Europe and Beyond“ that will be held October 20-21 in Kaunas, Lithuania at VMU Small Hall (Daukanto st. 28, 2nd floor).

The conference focuses on travel as an opportunity for inter-cultural learning and both material and immaterial exchanges. The conference papers will review the history of travelers’ contacts, tourism policy, tourist industry and other related topics spanning from early 20th century until today, with most focus given to East Asian countries.

The conference will feature keynote speakers and presenters from East Asia and Europe: Yasuhiro Watanabe (J. F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, Japan), Takamitsu Jimura (Liverpool John Moores University, UK), Ene Selart (Tartu University, Estonia), Ian Rapley (Cardiff University, UK) and others. In addition, a discussion “Tourism between Lithuania and East Asian countries: how to benefit from growing opportunities and deal with challenges?” will be held on the second day among scholars and practitioners from Lithuanian tourism related institutions and businesses.

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