5th Coastal & Marine Tourism Congress
11-14th September, 2007
Auckland, New Zealand

Invitation from the Conference Chair

On behalf of the School of Hospitality & Tourism, AUT University, the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI), and the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington, I would like to invite researchers, educators, postgraduate students, and government and industry practitioners in the broad field of tourism related to the marine environment, to register and/or to submit an abstract for the 5th International Coastal and Marine Tourism Congress (CMT) in Auckland, New Zealand.

Founded by Dr. Jan Auyong (Oregon State University and Sea Grant Oregon) and Professor Marc L. Miller (School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington) and first held in 1990 in Hawai'i, the Coastal & Marine Tourism Congress became a great success. Subsequent CMTs were held in Hawai'i (1996), Vancouver (1999), and Çesme/Turkey (2005). The CMT is widely considered the world's foremost tourism and hospitality gathering related to tourism and recreation in the marine environment, and is attended by academics and practitioners from around the world. The conference offers opportunities for the presentation and publication of refereed and working papers, as well as posters.

It is with great honour that we will be hosting the 5th CMT in Auckland. What better place could there be for such an event? Also known as the City of Sails, Auckland is in the unique geographic situation of having four significant harbours in two main seas – Waitemata and Mahurangi harbours (Pacific Ocean), and Manukau and Kaipara harbours (Tasman Sea). The Hauraki Gulf at Auckland's doorstep is rich in resources, from many beautiful islands to cultural heritage and - of course - marine wildlife. Seventy percent of all inbound tourists to New Zealand make their way through Auckland international airport, and most of them spend some time in this vibrant city. Delegates will have the opportunity to experience New Zealand's marine tourism products and Auckland's hospitality through a number of field trips and social events.

The overall theme of the congress, "Balancing Marine Tourism, Development, and Sustainability", is timely and appropriate. More than ever the marine environment is put under pressure by a rapidly growing tourism industry. With technological advances, increased leisure time and disposable incomes, the marine environment is becoming a playground for many people, from the mainstream sun-seeker to the whale watching enthusiast.

I would like to invite you to register your interest for the CMT'07, and I am very much looking forward to welcoming you in Auckland!

Michael Lück
Conference Chair