Dimitrios Buhalis, Bournemouth University, Dorset, UK
Unlike many other industries, the tourism sector keeps on growing generating positive effects on both income and job creation. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) the tourism industry accounted for more than 9 per cent of world GDP in 2010. In addition, the United Nations World Tourism Organization estimates that international arrivals are expected to reach nearly 1.5 billion by the year 2020.
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 above mentioned 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 and the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano) on the travelling and hospitality industry.
All of these issues (and more) require significant reflection and this conference will be an irreplaceable opportunity to tackle them in depth.
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 tourism 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.
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You may find more information concerning the 2011 edition of this conference in the following website
The high quality of the papers presented on the occasion of the first edition 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). Moreover, a number of papers will be included in the last 2012 issue of the journal Economia dei Servizi. Last but not least, a further collection of papers is under consideration for publication in a volume with a relevant international publishing house.
Also this Second Edition of the conference will provide opportunities for publication of the presented papers under the following forms:
Formatting your paper
The Workshop will take place at
The workshop will start on Thursday September 20 at 8:30 am to end around 5pm on the following day.
The fees include participation to the workshop, lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments and workshop material.
Cancellations made before September 1, 2012 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.
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