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APU Student efforts introduced at Student Eco-Tourism Symposium


Oct 23, 2009

On Saturday, October 17, 2009, the "1st National Eco-Tourism Student Symposium" was held at the University of Tokyo. The activities of NAKAMURA Keiichi (APS3, Japan), who is involved with the "holiday House Project" with APS Professor HATADA Nobuyuki, who is involved in long-term style tourism research (LSB*), were also introduced at this seminar, the first of its kind in Japan.
Students involved in eco-tourism research from around Japan came together and gave presentations under the themes of "Environment", "Region" and "Tourism". Furthermore, specialists and leading figures in Japanese eco-tourism delivered key-note speeches and presentations on a range of themes. A lively exchange of opinions also took place at the exchange meeting.

With his holiday house eco-tourism group, Mr. NAKAMURA is planning and running day walking trips with the aim of increasing peoples love for farming and the number of people who will come and interact with the people of the region he is currently active in. Mr. NAKAMURA represented his seminar as he delivered a presentation, introduced the group's activities and spoke of their progress so far. During the exchange meeting a question was raised regarding relations with the local residents to which Mr. NAKAMURA spoke of the joint study groups that were held and how the building of a relationship of trust through local exchange has led to the people of the community getting actively involved in their projects.

Looking back on the symposium, Mr. NAKAMURA spoke of his aspirations for the future, "This was a great opportunity to learn about the activities of students and teachers researching eco-tourism around Japan and I received a lot of good advice from the teachers in attendance about the issues that arose during our projects. I hope to share this with my fellow LSB research group members and put it to use in our future projects".

*LSB Study Group
Established in 2000, LSB is a student organisation originating from the Professor HATADA seminar group. The group is working towards a long-term stay tourism style becoming firmly established in Japan. They renovated an old house in the Uchinari area of Beppu City as part of their investigation and research activities. With the cooperation of local residents, the group has been operating their "Holiday House" as a long term stay accommodation facility since spring 2009.

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