exchanges, produced in the process of tourism expansion. We invite the reader to explore the various chapters and text of this manuscript and consider the distinct views presented. While each is autonomous, they intertwine, forming a multicultural and interdisciplinary approach to the problems identified with the complexity of tourism. Together, they provide a clear intellectual contribution around the problems associated with tourism, a complex and key issue for the 21st century. The “new frontiers” identified within this text must continue to be studied, if we truly desire tourism development to be a "great opportunity"; a driver of innovation and territorial creativity, a tool for sustainable economic development, active local participation, strengthened cultural identities and maintained integrity of our natural environment and heritage. As a conclusion to this introduction, we offer a brief overview and analysis of the discussion which began through the international symposium held in April of 2011, "Tourism, Territories and Societies: Sustainable Development Based on Scientific Research and Integrated Management", which brought together academics, community and industry thought leaders, within a peripheral setting and a multicultural and interdisciplinary event. It was remarkable to note the interest and willingness of national and international actors to work together towards a more sustainable development scenario; one which is respectful of the cultural, environmental and socio-economic challenges of our times. We observed, from the questions and debate of the local audience, a growing community awareness of the tourism phenomenon and an increased empowerment; both in terms of community participation and in taking a critical view of the industry. The conversations during the seminar reflected the complexity of global tourism development in remote places, which many argued were “fragile”, from an environmental and cultural sense. We hope to pursue the dialogue which began at this meeting through other debates and forums, including these online platforms: http://turismosustentableaysen.wordpress.com, www.turismocientifico.cl, and www.ciep.cl. Finally, we acknowledge and appreciate the support of the INNOVA-CHILE fund of the National Development Corporation (CORFO), the Chilean National Foundation for Science and Technology (CONICYT), the Regional Government of Aysén (GORE), the Regional offices of the National Tourism Agency (SERNATUR), the AVINA Foundation, and specifically, two Projects: 1) 08CTU01-19, 2009-2012, "Bringing Science to the Development of Tourism in Aysén through the Creation a Centre for Scientific Tourism in Patagonia", funded by CORFO INNOVA-CHILE, and 2) R10C1003, the Center for Investigation in Ecosystems of Patagonia, funded by CONICYT and GORE, for the publication of this collection of studies and essays.
Published on Jan 23, 2013
Documento del Centro de Turismo Científico de la Patagonia, sobre este importante ámbito que combina el turismo y las ciencias en Aysén.