Prof. Dimitrios BUHALIS
With the participation of :
Over the last six decades, tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, becoming one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. (United Nations World Tourism Organization, 2012).
More specifically, in spite of sporadic shocks, international tourist arrivals have recorded a virtually uninterrupted increase: from 277 million in 1980 to 983 million in 2011.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in its most updated long-term outlook of future tourism trends (Tourism Towards 2030) estimates that international arrivals worldwide are expected to reach nearly 1.8 billion by the year 2030 (an increase by 3.3% a year on average from 2010 to 2030).
A number of major factors can explain this dramatic increase in demand for tourism: (1) the process of globalization; (2) the development of mass transportation and motorization (and the parallel decrease in cost of transportation due to improvements in technology); (3) the rhythm of increase of world GDP as well as the increase of income to be allocated to travels; (4) the introduction of new ICT applications in the work of public and private stakeholders in the tourism sector; (5) the general improvement of security and rights for tourists.
Every and each of the abovementioned factors is significantly contributing to shaping a different institutional landscape and economic environment for a number of economic players such as Convention Bureaus, Professional Conference Organizers, Destination Management Companies, Airlines, Hotels, Conference Venues, Congress Centers, Convention Centers, Exhibition Centers. Moreover, companies in the tourism sector are confronted with increasing managerial challenges and have to deal with a turbulent and fast changing environment.
Scholars dealing with tourism are trying to gain a thorough, articulated and clear cut picture of the major changes going on in the tourism sector, with a specific emphasis on major changes such as (1) a shift to sustainable tourism and CSR in the tourism sector; (2) the adoption of ICT applications in tourism, with a focus on social media; (3) a structural change in the style of consumption and fruition of tourist products and services according to a post-Fordist model of consumption; (4) the impact of several major economic, political and climatic events (such as the recent financial and economic downturn, the terrorist attacks, etc.) on the travelling and hospitality industry.
For the Fourth International Conference on Tourism Management and Related Issues to be held at the Italian Government Tourist Board - Ente Nazionale Italiano per il Turismo (ENIT), Roma, Italy, in 2014 we invite contributions that focus especially, but not exclusively, on tourism, travel, leisure and hospitality management, with an emphasis on:
The topics reported above are indicative and informative rather than exclusive. Other interesting work on tourism management and related issues that is not closely related to the themes above will be taken into consideration.
We invite full papers, doctoral research papers, poster papers, abstracts, and research proposals on any of the aforementioned topics without any specific constraints in terms of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.
To advance investigation on tourism management and to further expand its theoretical and practical bases and boundaries, we need to explore, apply and confront both conceptual and empirical wisdom and scholarship stemming from different perspectives. Therefore, both business practitioners and academics are invited to submit their contributions.
THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS OVER !!!!!!!
You may find more information concerning the 2011 edition of this conference (held in Rimini, Italy) in the following website
More information concerning the 2012 edition of this conference (held in Nice, France) in the following website:
More information concerning the 2013 edition of this conference (held in Barcelona, Spain) in the following website:
The high quality of the papers presented on the occasion of the first, second and third editions of the conference allowed us to publish a special issue of the journal Anatolia titled “Managing Tourism in a Changing World: Issues and Cases” (Eds. Rodolfo Baggio and Marcello M. Mariani), a book by Routledge-London titled “Managing Tourism in a Changing World: Issues and Cases” (Eds. Rodolfo Baggio, Wojchech Czakon and Marcello M. Mariani) and two forthcoming books by Palgrave-New York, titled respectively “Tourism Management, Marketing and Development: the Importance of Networks and ICTs” (Eds. Marcello M. Mariani, Rodolfo Baggio, Dimitrios Buhalis and Christian Longhi) and "Tourism Management, Marketing, and Development: Performance, Strategies, and Sustainability” (Eds. Marcello M. Mariani, Wojchech Czakon, Dimitrios Buhalis and Ourania Vitouladiti) . Last but not least, a collections of papers are under consideration for publication in a further volume with a relevant international publishing house.
More information about the second edition of the conference are available here:
Also this Fourth Edition of the conference will provide opportunities for publication of the presented papers under the following forms:
The ISSN number for the conference papers is :
The workshop will take place in
ENIT - Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo
(a 5 minutes walk from the central station Roma Termini)
Booking form for the Mercure hotel is available HERE
The fees include participation to the workshop, worksphop documents, lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments.
Cancellations made before August 18, 2014 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.
Payments should be made by :
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