Being China Ready: Understanding different cultures through the prism of tourism


This lecture will focus on the challenges that arise from Chinese tourists and ways that cultural competence can be achieved in the community.

Start Date

12th Jul 2017 5:30pm

End Date

12th Jul 2017 7:00pm


School of Architecture & Design, Inveresk campus

RSVP / Contact Information

E.; T. 6226 7851

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With increasingly rapid and incessant movement of people, news and goods around the world, the “global village” is now a reality. As the world is growing culturally larger and more complex, Tasmania, albeit an island state under down under, is not secluded from this global phenomenon.

In addition to viewing events real time as they unfold globally, Tasmania in recent years has also seen an influx of international tourists, exposing us to various cultures. This offers opportunities for cultural exchange, which in turn promote tolerance and diversity.

Tourism in Tasmania directly and indirectly contributes around $2.55 billion or 9.9 per cent to Gross State Product (GSP) – the highest in GSP in Australia*. To capitalise on this thriving economic driver, it is paramount for Tasmania to build its culturally competent human capital.

This public lecture will focus on the challenges brought about by Chinese tourists and a few aspects how building cultural competence can be achieved:

  • Tour operators
  • Public education
  • Language

Presentations by: 

  • Dr Isabel Wang is a lecturer in Chinese at the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania.
  • Dr Si Fan is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus.
  • Ms Cecilia Chiu is the owner of Tas Eco Tours, a Launceston-based local tour operator.

Refreshements from 5.00pm.

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