Regenerative Tourism in the Post-Pandemic World

The 2023 Morrison Lecture
Regenerative Tourism in the Post-Pandemic World

This lecture was presented on September 9, 2023 at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center in the French Quarter. The Morrison lecture is presented bi-annually in collaboration with Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents, and Associates (VCPORA) and the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation.

As global tourism has grown, cities and destinations around the world have struggled to balance the need for tourism dollars with quality of life for permanent residents. Simon Woodward, author of « World Heritage: Concepts, Management, and Conservation » discussed the “pandemic reset” that many tourism economies experienced because of the COVID-19 health emergency. Locals began to reclaim their neighborhoods and city centers. Noise pollution all but disappeared and cruise ships no longer crowded ports. In Venice, dolphins returned to the city’s famed canals. As tourism comes back in full force, cities are trying out different measures such as regulating short-term rentals in historic city centers, banning cruise ships, and using social media to discourage bachelor parties.

Simon Woodward was joined by tourism authorities from New Orleans (Walt Leger), Amsterdam (Maya Janssen), and Cape Town (Enver Duminy).

The Jacob Haight and Mary Meek Morrison Memorial Lecture addresses topics in historic preservation and honors two longtime Vieux Carré residents who were tireless advocates for the neighborhood’s preservation. Beginning in the 1930s and for decades following, the couple was in the vanguard of advancing preservation legislation and raising public awareness of preservation-related issues. The Historic New Orleans Collection houses the Mary Meek Morrison and Jacob H. Morrison Papers, which consist of nearly 94,000 items.

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