Over-tourism has become a key concern for destinations from Cornwall to Barcelona. It describes a phenomenon in which tourism becomes so dominant that it undermines the very essence of place that attracts tourists in the first place. b-side is inviting tourism businesses, creative organisations, residents and tourists to join us for a big conversation about what we can do to keep Dorset special.
At the heart of our conversation will be the concept of geotourism. This will help us to frame our discussions around supporting the development of a type of tourism that is environmentally sensitive and economically and culturally successful.
Join b-side in the spectacular setting of Pennsylvania Castle. Over the course of the event you will encounter artworks, presentations and discussion exploring geotourism and experiencing it in action. Including a tour of b-side festival discovering how artists can help promote place whilst protecting the unique qualities that make it distinctive and attractive to visitors.
The third in b-side's Assemblies programme, the event will be chaired by Dr Rebecca Hawkins founder of RHP Ltd, speakers include Sam Scriven - Jurassic Coast Programme Manager, Jurassic Coast Trust; Sean Beer - Senior Academic, Dept of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University; Erica Thomas - Co Founder, Works Progress Agency, Portland, Oregon and Sue Hill from the Creative Team at Eden International.
Event includes short walks and bus tour
Tickets £25 includes lunch and refreshments