Dr. Christina Cavaliere’s work centers around the intersection of tourism and conservation and recently presented during the international conference, Opportunities for Ecotourism in Slovakia. The conference aimed to share methods for development of Ecotourism in Slovakia to support protected areas within the country. Dr. Cavaliere was specifically invited to present her expertise regarding neolocalism, sustainable tourism and biocultural conservation based in her research and latest book. Dr. Cavaliere is an assistant professor in The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and is the director of the CSU Tourism Conservation Lab.
Dr. Cavaliere’s book, Neolocalism and Tourism: Understanding a Global Movement, discusses how synergies between neolocalism and tourism can contribute to a greater understanding of the complexities of sustainability through increases in community involvement, which enhances local pride and local sourcing. The role of local production, distribution, and consumption can link people to landscapes and contribute to a deeper understanding of sense of place, which in turns garners support for local enterprises and local causes. This book outlines the theory of neolocalism and features neolocalism in relation to tourism and brings a new level of scrutiny to the stand-alone concept of “neolocal” as a rising phenomenon in sustainable tourism development and tourism product development studies. Dr. Cavaliere highlights the versatility and innovating applications of neolocalism within the wider tourism debate and shares international contributions and examples from global experts.