by Catia Rebelo
TEFI – Tourism Education Futures Initiative – represents an innovative and inclusive tourism network of tourism scholars and practitioners. Indeed, TEFI is based on five pillars: stewardship, mutuality, ethics, professionalism and knowledge. They see tourism as social phenomena and want to move beyond business as usual, exploitative and extractive industrial approaches to tourism. That is, they seek to create a space of knowledge co-creation towards an alternative type of tourism (e.g. sustainable tourism). They believe that sustainable tourism delivers blended social, economic and environmental value, and that promotes vibrant flourishing communities. I couldn’t agree more with them, so it was quite heartwarming and inspiring to encounter more peers sharing my visions and hopes for tourism studies.
Euro-TEFI 2017 conference took place in Alborg University, Copenhagen last August (20-22) with the aim of promoting knowledge co-creation. Therefore, different and important social events were promoted to boost interaction among academics but also with practitioners that besides presenting their ideas provided us (academics) with a real taste of what they’re doing towards sustainability.