1. Tourism and the Idea of “Archipelago Tourism”
Recently, tourism has become the world’s largest industry and contributes to the development of many aspects in social life. Being integrated with development, tourism should be developed in order to obtain excellent contributions to regional and society life. However for many decades, the development had been obtained in continental hemisphere so the idea in developing archipelago tourism industry is not much considered. Archipelago areas are considered unfamiliar in society since not all countries are in archipelago areas. Archipelago tourism is considered well as the arena to develop tourism industry in archipelagic islands. Thus, an idea of archipelago tourism can be a great study to be discussed in the future. The urgency of discussing archipelago tourism in tourism is to obtain the idea of archipelago as the new study which is able to offer the other solution in sustaining tourism. Archipelago tourism is recreational activities in a group of islands thus there will be many aspects integrated, and it is not only marine study exposed. Forestry, husbandry, plantation, culture, social, environment, biology, tourism, geology, and the other studies are welcome. The new born of archipelago tourism discussion is intended to strengthen both practice and academic studies to develop new paradigm and direction of study which can be potentially developed in the future. This idea emerges as the embodiment of equilibrium in continental and marine exploration. Those are integrated and united in the name of archipelago.
2. The Specific Issue of Marine Tourism in Archipelago Tourism
Marine tourism issue becomes the specific theme of the discussion within. Marine potencies in archipelago tourism are considered as potential domain in tourism industries. To develop these potencies is not easy since it is challenged from many aspects. To answer the challenges in archipelago tourism, practitioner and academician need to be able to deal with the very issue, The development of marine tourism in archipelago hemisphere will succeed by integrating all aspects.
3. Why do we need to set up the INTACT series?
Tourism flows are subject to some problems by a range of issues as it is in archipelago tourism. The problem and difficulties may occur in social or natural issues, in developing destinations, managing destinations, or may be remote from either. The consequences may be either mild or relatively short term or have long term impacts on existing or future tourism industry systems. These would be seriously challenged to secure and maintain tourism development properly and it clearly does matter in terms of island visitation and awareness levels of archipelago areas. It becomes difficult with which to deal and involves individual island sensitivities, archipelago politics and policies, economic actualities, transportation or accessibility, development of tourist facilities and policies, government management, concepts of regional regulation, social and cultural sensitiveness, geographical policies, and practices of intermediaries, including travel agents, tour operators, airlines and cruise lines. Thus it raises important issues to study. The data and empirical analyses about archipelago tourism remain limited, it need to be empirically understood. Currently, tourism academics have not become frequently active in researching and publishing in the area of archipelago tourism. It is, therefore, one need to have a forum to share the knowledge and expertise to welcome the new discussion. The forum that is proposed to deal with the issues is International Academic Conference on Tourism (INTACT 2016).
This conference is expected to explore issues concerned with achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability of tourism alongside the governance mechanisms needed to support sustainable tourism of archipelago tourism. Specifically, INTACT 2016 will focus on marine tourism in archipelago hemisphere. This conference aims to add to this debate by stimulating discussion and exchange of ideas between tourism experts, tourism industry practioners, researchers, lecturers, and students from all tourism-related fields. It could also discuss how new resources ought to be employed to avoid the errors committed in the past and propose remedial actions when required. The meeting will also focus on empirical work and case studies from around the world, which can offer new insights and best practice guidance.
4. Why CTS should be the first to manage?
Center for Tourism Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada (CTS-UGM) is a nonprofit organization and one of the institutions under Universitas Gadjah Mada – UGM). Founded on July 23, 1994, CTS focuses on developing research competence in the field of tourism. CTS also has a lot of experiences in international events, such as international seminar and/or international conferences and research activities in collaborate with other intitutions abroad.
CTS-UGM is intended to develop research and development of tourism aspect related to the development of human and humanity. Besides, CTS-UGM also develops a research methodology which is able to present both a new concept and policy base in tourism development either in the local, national or international scope. Through the conference, CTS-UGM which is located in Indonesia – a largest archipelago country will bring up the issue of archipelago tourism worldwide.