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HUON VALLEY Fire Recovery Forum | How the tourism industry recovers following a crisis


A public forum with tourism crisis recovery expert Dr Gabby Walters

Start Date

16 May 2019 5:00 pm

End Date

16 May 2019 7:00 pm


Willie Smith's Apple Shed, 2064 Huon Hwy, Huon Valley

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Associate Professor Gabby Walters and Associate Professor Anne Hardy

This fire forum held by the Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd), in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of Social Change, was designed to assist the Huon Valley Region that was badly affected by bushfires in the summer of 2019. The event was kindly sponsored by Willie Smiths and supported by Destination Southern Tasmania. The forum was led by Associate Professor Gabby Walters of the University of Queensland who shared her research experience of how tourism destinations typically recover, following disasters. The event was attended by 50 members of the community.

Associate Professor Gabby Walters is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and a world-renowned expert and author in tourism crisis recovery, having experiences on tourism industry recovery following events such as fire. Gabby will discuss recovery trajectories, tourists’ responses, industry responses and strategies that have assisted tourism regions and businesses to recover following crisis events. Her primary research interests revolve around tourism marketing communications, tourist behaviour and tourism crisis recovery.

The evening was chaired by Associate Professor Anne Hardy, Co-Director of the Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd).

This forum was of interest to business operators, industry employees, local council and tourism organisations who have been affected by fire, or who are interested in future proofing their region from crisis events.

Read more on the University of Tasmania news Forum on tourism recovery after crises.

This free event was supported by the Institute for the Study of Social Change, TRENd, Destination Southern Tasmania and Willie Smith's Apple Shed