Smart Community Tourism (SCoT)

A monthly webinar series, is designed to broadcast the seldom-heard voices of the neglected bulk.

“‘Think Global, Act Local’ - or is it rather to ‘Think Local, Act Global’?”


Volume 44, Willy Legrand

“Villages with distinct appeals have the potential to become successful tourism destinations.”


Volume 38, Hera Oktadiana

“Inclusive growth creates employment opportunities and helps in reducing poverty. It provides equality of opportunity for all, empowering people through education and skill development.”

Satellite Volume 6, Noel Scott

Smart Community tourism

Smart Community Tourism (SCoT), a monthly webinar series, is designed to broadcast the seldom-heard voices of the neglected bulk. Its panels are populated with individuals who have expertise in small and medium-size tourism communities and operations. Each webinar deals with a thematic subject: by first setting the stage and outlining its parameters; subsequently identifying relevant issues, problems, and prospects; road-mapping operational strategies forward; and closing the session by inviting webinar participants to add their voices to the discussion. Sustainable tourism development, with built-in resiliency, is among the principles feeding the webinar series, advocating strategies which benefit all: the host, the guest, and the stakeholder populations. By bridging tourism theory and practice, the series brings to light the notion and practice of “A Nice Place to Live is a Nice Place to Visit“.

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The SCoT Webinar series aims to democratize the creation, access, and use of tourism knowledge among industry, government, academia and small host communities. Our growing community of contributors and participants envision ourselves as globally interconnected networks of scholars conducting engaged research with industry and host communities informing the strategic evolution of tourism as a global force for peace, equitable prosperity, and sustainability.

Based on SCoT’s goals, several webinars have been successfully held so far, available on the past webinars’ searchable page.

Feb, 2023

Satellite V 16

Tour guiding career and local community support: academia and practice / / Tour guides are tourism professionals who interpret the attractiveness of their country including the culture, lifestyle, and natural landscape to visitors from abroad. The t...

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Feb, 2022

Volume 37

AI for SMART destination stewardship / / Destinations have a persistent tendency to grow in unsustainable ways for the short-term benefit of powerful industry actors and the long-term detriment of host communities. The incidence of Overtourism and i...

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Aug, 2021

Volume 26

Creating and Marketing Tourism Values for Communities through Local Foods / / This webinar discusses how local heritages and identities can be utilized to create opportunities for tourism in communities through local foods. The benefits of food tour...

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