Lagos was the topic at the international conference “International Conference on Tourism: Back To The Future: Reconfigurating The Travel Industry?” (ICOT2022), by the University of Algarve team, in Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, at the end of June.
The conference is part of the European Project Sustowns – Enhancing SUStainable tourism attraction in small fascinating med TOWNS, and aimed, according to the Lagos City Council, “to stimulate discussion and debate on how to reduce risk and uncertainty to resume tourism and economic activity”.
“The focus on sustainable practices and ongoing crisis management to more quickly deal with any similar future crisis appears to be more necessary than ever. On the other hand, other professionals and researchers believe that the effect of Covid-19 on the behavior and attitude of the traveler, as well as on the regional and domestic tourism scenario, is temporary”, say the researchers linked to this topic.
The conference was attended by tourism professionals, academics, researchers, policymakers, consultants, professionals, government officials and students from different European countries.
At the meeting, six communications were presented from a tourism, entrepreneurship, sustainability perspective: “Sustowns Project: Sustainable Tourism Development – A Collaborative Local Policy Approach. The Case of Lagos”; “How to Develop Sustainable Cultural Tourist Routes at a Local Level: Military and Religious Heritage in Lagos, Algarve”; “Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Lagos through Coworking Spaces”; “Expansion of tourism in
proximity in Lagos during the pandemic crisis”; “Proximity urbanism for sustainable and healthy tourism: lessons from the Sustowns project developed in the city of Lagos” and “Sustowns Project: Sustainable and Resilient Tourism in Lagos – Development of a set of diversified Tourist Products to enhance local identity, urban regeneration and social inclusion".