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Political unrest, youth and media: Risks, opportunities, and destinations on the fringe

Wednesday, 21 September

9:30-11:00

Welcome:
Zoltan Somogyi, UNWTO
David Chapman, WYSE Travel Confederation

Moderator: Phil Sylvester, World Nomads

Panellists:
Paula Froelich, A Broad Abroad
Russ Hedge, Hostelling International USA
Dušan Kovacevic, EXIT Festival

The work of the local journalist or media correspondent reporting as a witness to calamity or triumph is now shared, like it or not, with many hands and hashtags. Youth are critical to the evolution of culture and socio-political change, taking on activist roles both on the ground and via social media. Of course activism does not come without risk – nor do some selfies.

Reminders of political instability across the world are all too frequent and some even border on incredulous. What comes after a selfie with a hijacker? Are young people pursuing travel that affords an edgy thrill of risky political immersion? Are they avoiding destinations that are experiencing violent public incidents?

A panel of experts in travel, cultural exchange, media and destination development will discuss their thoughts on the current state of travel and risk in our uncertain social and political times, what incidents and events influence a destination’s image and reputation, and what appeals to or averts young travellers.