IAU Astrotourism Workshop, 28 June 2021

Dark Sky Tourism: An engine for sustainable socio-economic development

Dark skies are an essential part of the scientific, cultural and natural heritage of humanity. Dark sky areas also offer unique and sustainable tourism experiences, alongside numerous benefits for local communities. In this workshop we discussed some astro tourism case studies from around the world.


13:30-13:35: Introduction by Pedro Russo

13:35-14:00: Astrotourism Overview by Steve Pompea

14:00-14:10: Global sustainable tourism by Kumi Kato

14:10-14:20: Global Himalayan Expedition by Sonal Asgotraa

14:20-14:30: Sora Tourism (Japan) by Hidehiko Agata

14:30-14:40: Astrotourism: Research & Practice by Hannah Dalgleish

14:40-14:50: Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve: First Starlight Reserve by Apolónia Rodrigues

14:50-15:00: The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa’s Advanced Astronomy Qualification by Ben Coley

15:00-15:10: The Chilean National Strategy to Astrotourism by Plablo Alvarez

15:10-15:20: Outlook Responsible Tourism Initiative by Soity Banerjee

15:20-15:45: Q&A

Organised by the IAU European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (EAS/Leiden University)