Ipaths scientific camp 07
April 22 2018 - May 31 2018
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July 20 2018 - August 10 2018

IPATHS Sino-Swiss Scientific Trip

It is a trip going deep into Switzerland for tourism and hospitality academics. It stretches for 565 kilometers across 10 Swiss cities of 7 cantons. 
  1. Lugano, Ticino Canton
  2. Bellinzona, Ticino Canton
  3. Zurich, Zurich Canton
  4. Chur, St. Gallen Canton
  5. Lucerne, Lucerne Canton
  6. Sörenberg, Lucerne Canton
  7. Crans-Montana, Valais Canton
  8. Montreux, Vaud Canton
  9. Lausanne, Vaud Canton
  10. Geneva, Geneva Canton
It will connect you with 16 Swiss institutes dedicated to tourism and hospitality education, with 76 academic programs (43 bachelor level, 33 master level).
  1. Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne - EHL 
  2. Les Roches International School of Hotel Management 
  3. Swiss Hotel Management School 
  4. Hotel and Tourism Management Institute, Switzerland 
  5. IMI International Management Institute Switzerland 
  6. Glion Institute of Higher Education 
  7. State Tourism and Hotel Management School 
  8. Business and Hotel Management School 
  9. Business School Lausanne 
  10. European University, Geneva/Montreux 
  11. Kalaidos Fachhochschule Schweiz 
  12. Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  13. Università della Svizzera italiana 
  14. Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland 
  15. Fachhochschule Ostschweiz 
  16. Geneva Business School 
You will have campus visit, research workshops, group meetings and discussions, and local tourism. You can connect with Swiss scholars of your field, initiate conversations with Swiss insitutes, and appreciate the wonderful Alps view in the center of Europe. It is also an opportunity to understand possible grants and funds opportunities for you to start collaborating with Swiss academics.
Are you interested? If yes, for how long can you stay in this trip? 


April 10 2018

Mr Football becomes Mr. Responsible Tourism

Here is some "gossip" news about Mr Football Lionel Messi joining UNWTO to promote the responsible tourism. Here you read the news:

"Considered by many the best football player of all times, Lionel Messi joins the World Tourism Organization to promote the value of responsible tourism. The UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, appointed Messi as UNWTO Ambassador for Responsible Tourism this Saturday at Camp Nou in Barcelona, after the match F.C. Barcelona-Leganés." (Caribbeannewsdigital, 2018)

“During my travels I have had the opportunity to know other cultures and societies as well as others ways to see the world and this is very enriching. The World Tourism Organization as a specialized Agency of the United Nations works to make tourism a source of development and I am happy I can join this mission of promoting responsible tourism”, said Lionel Messi (UNWTO, 2018a).

But wait a minute, is Messi the first ever being invited as Ambassador at UNWTO? Nope. Two months before him, the Spanish football player Fernando Hierro was invited (read news).


Fernando Hierro (left)

“As tourists, each of us can change the world if we act responsibly with regard to the places, the people and the cultures we visit. I feel part of this team and I support the World Tourism Organization in its efforts to ensure that tourism benefits everyone," said Hierro (UNWTO, 2018).

And the mythical Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque.

Vicente del Bosque

Below, you can have a review of the Messi milestone goals.

But there is a further story behind this:

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and FC Barcelona signed an agreement on Saturday, opening the path to collaboration between the two organizations in the areas of tourism and sports. The agreement was signed by UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and the President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu. (UNWTO, 2018)

Don't you think the topic of sports and tourism will be a heat soon? At least, now Messi's fans know about responsible tourism. 

Followers of Messi

Facebook- 80m
Twitter- 1.4m (Recently joined)
Instagram- 24.3m



Caribbeannewsdigital (2018).Leo Messi Tapped UNWTO Ambassador for Responsible Tourism. Read more at: https://www.caribbeannewsdigital.com/en/noticia/leo-messi-tapped-unwto-ambassador-responsible-tourism

UNWTO. (2018). World Tourism Organization and FC Barcelona sign collaboration agreement. http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2018-04-10/world-tourism-organization-and-fc-barcelona-sign-collaboration-agreement

UNWTO. (2018a). Messi appointed Ambassador for Responsible Tourism by the World Tourism Organization. http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2018-04-09/messi-appointed-ambassador-responsible-tourism-world-tourism-organization

December 06 2017

China Travel Service Industry Development Report 2017

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On October 21, 2017, China Travel Services Industry Summit 2017 and the "Belt and Road" City Tourism Alliance, jointly hosted by China Tourism Academy, Henan Provincial Tourism Administration, Kaifeng Municipal People's Government and Henan University, were held in Kaifeng . At the meeting, China Tourism Academy released "China Travel Service Industry Development Report 2017", systematically reviewed and introduced the characteristics of China's travel service industry industry in 2016, market size and structure, tourist consumption behavior, industry main body development status and innovation trend And development proposals, the core point is as follows:

First, the reform of the supply side of travel service industry continued to deepen, highlighting the characteristics of modern service industry. In 2016, the travel service industry is operating at a "relatively prosperous" level. With the dual drive of capital and technology in the travel service industry, the industry structure continues to evolve. The comprehensive tourism enterprises seek to transform and upgrade through capital restructuring and the supply-side structural reform is further deepened. The new format of travel service, especially "Internet plus tourism", has become one of the most active areas for entrepreneurship and innovation in China in the field of sharing economy. Integration of online and offline, global supply chain integration, further optimization of tourism industry chain, highlighting the characteristics of modern service industry. Big data, technology applications, product innovation and other aspects of the new business development has brought new impetus to the global travel service system investment structure more apparent.

Second, the size of the travel service market has been steadily increasing, and the structure tends to be optimized. According to the data from the National Tourism Administration's data center, domestic tourism reached 4.44 billion in 2016, an increase of 11% over the same period of last year; the number of inbound and outbound travels reached 260 million, an increase of 3.9% %; The total tourism income of 4.69 trillion yuan, an increase of 13.6%. Domestic tourism demand sustained release potential, per capita spending on tourism rose steadily, holiday leisure and sightseeing tours initially showed an equal emphasis on the situation, the proportion of domestic tourists continued to decline in travel agencies, individualization, free travel trend more pronounced. The outbound tourism market continued to maintain its growth momentum. The national consumption level of the nationals continued to increase, with 60% of them leaving the Mainland. Visitors gradually attached importance to the in-depth exploration of destinations. Inbound tourism shows a steady growth trend. Business travel is one of the major driving forces for the inbound tourism market.

Third, the travel service industry, leisure and holiday spending experience and other hot now.  According to surveys of residents' willingness to travel in the data centers of China National Tourism Administration and the National Tourism Administration, the proportion of tourists who have taken part in the holiday leisure motivation in 2016 exceeded 70% and the percentage of family tourists reached 60%. The survey shows that leisure and vacation have become the main motive of national trips, Families traveling with parent-child tour and parents-in-tour as the mainstay of the tourism consumer market. With the full implementation of global tourism, "tourism +" policy and the development of new formats and new elements driven by cultural and creative industries and IP, tourism in China such as Zijia You, rural tourism and other forms of tourism become the normal state of travel, cruise, island tourism, summer tourism , Snow and ice tourism and other holiday tourism spending growth significantly, cultural entertainment, theme accommodation, travel goods, destination life experience and other experiential consumption to further expand.

Fourth, the offline travel agency human capital and profitability showed an upward trend. In 2016, the total number of travel agencies in the country increased by 1.72% from the same period of last year, and the overall growth slowed down. The total growth rate of travel agents' assets was 3.87%. The growth of investment in travel agencies slowed down gradually. The number of direct employees in travel agencies decreased by 2.13% year-on- As the representative of the labor capital has increased, the total growth rate of travel business travel revenue and gross profit of travel agencies showed a clear trend of increase, travel agencies to organize domestic travel, outbound tourism, inbound tourism accounted for 69%, 25%, 6% respectively, entry Tourism accounted for less. In terms of the regional structure, the proportion of travel agencies in various provinces tended to stabilize. The top 10 provinces in Jiangsu, Shandong, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Hebei, Shanghai, Liaoning, Beijing, Anhui and Hubei accounted for 56% of the total, with the two regions with the largest increase For Guizhou and Yunnan, the number of travel agencies in 11 provinces decreased, and the top 10 travel agencies organizing and hosting domestic tourism accounted for about 70% of the total.

Fifth, the online market structure is relatively stable tourism, competition tends to be rational. In 2016, the transaction scale and revenue of China's online travel market continued to expand. With the increase in the proportion of diversified travel demand such as user trips, vacation trips and outbound travel, the proportion of air tickets and hotels in overall revenue declined. Online travel The trend of sinking to the second and third tier cities and rural areas is increasingly evident. The pattern of online travel market has tended to be stable. There is a clear gap between the scale of enterprises' echelon. Ctrip, HNA, Wanda, Fosun, BTG, Alibaba, SINUMERATE, CTS, Jinjiang, Emergence of forces. The overall return of the online travel industry to the rational, enhance the efficiency of business operations and profitability has become the most important indicator of the majority of startups, the core online travel vacation companies have actively layout overseas markets.

Sixth, the deep integration of travel service industry and the Internet has brought more entrepreneurship and innovation. With the entry into the second half of the Internet in China, the increasingly fierce competition has put forward higher demands on the product system and service quality of the travel service industry. The rich opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation continue to emerge. Under the macro backdrop of supply-side and demand-side bilateral reforms, in 2016 China's tourism service industry and the Internet are deeply integrated, and the trend of online travel enterprises' sinking is clear. They have set up experience centers and stores to speed up the infiltration of upstream resources. Online Travel Based on big data of users, the trend of deep integration with content and technology is obvious. VR, AR, AI and so on are gradually applied in online travel enterprises, resulting in many new travel products such as entertainment, live broadcast and VR + travel. The business focus of online travel enterprises gradually infiltrated into niche markets such as airlines, hotels and scenic spots and gradually penetrated into market segments such as local cuisine and native products, showing a very positive trend of development in the field of tourism and finance. The trend of the large-scale tourism ecosystem has become increasingly clear .

Seven, with market logic and commercial forces to promote tourism supply side reform. Tourism needs to be full of vitality and vitality of the main market, it is necessary to have a large project, big investment, but also have small and micro enterprises entrepreneurial innovation. In order to adapt to the new normal of the interaction among administrative bodies, market bodies and consumer bodies, a new idea of "government-led and enterprise-led" should be established when planning the transformation and upgrading of the tourism industry in the new period and the improvement of quality and efficiency. In the development of tourism projects, investment operations, promotion and promotion of market-oriented. Encourage and create conditions to attract young people to travel to entrepreneurship and innovation, and promote the development of entrepreneurial groups and professional managers. Fully tap the resources of civic life, allowing more leisure and entertainment for local people to provide visitors with flexible and diverse products and services. With the market logic and business ethics to promote the promotion of the majority of tourism enterprises from the traditional to modern transformation.

Source: http://www.ctaweb.org/html/2017-10/2017-10-21-12-17-86212.html

Directly translated by Google Translate.

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November 07 2017

FUN-MOOC : Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites

This MOOC provides an introduction to tourism at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and presents its many different aspects. 
For more information : https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/course-v1:Paris1+16008+session01/about

November 07 2017

Call for papers: Sustainability in tourism policy and planning in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dear colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce this Special Issue call for papers focused on "Sustainability in tourism policy and planning in Sub-Saharan Africa". Please feel free to forward this on to other colleagues.


Tourism Planning and Development Journal

Special Issue on

 Sustainability in tourism policy and planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: past, present and future


Guest Editors

Dr. Emmanuel A. Adu-Ampong

Sheffield Hallam University, UK 



Dr. Albert N. Kimbu

University of Surrey, UK



Tourism (both domestic and international) is currently growing faster in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and in many other developing regions compared to the rest of the world. Though figures for domestic tourism in African countries are hard to come by, this is not the case with international arrivals. The UNWTO estimates that in absolute terms there were 58 million international tourist arrivals in SSA for the year ending 2016. There were 4 million more arrivals in 2016 compared to 2015 although this represented only 5% of all international arrivals around the world. In SSA tourism has long been seen as a powerful vehicle for achieving economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction (Holden and Novelli, 2011; Novelli, 2015). Achieving these goals requires the conceptualisation, realisation and implementation of appropriate policies and planning mechanisms. However, for most SSA countries, it has only been in the last two decades that the development of sustainable and achievable context specific policies and planning mechanisms has become the norm (Mbaiwa, 2005; Kimbu & Ngoasong, 2013; Jenkins, 2015; Backman and Munamura, 2017). Tourism policies and plans therefore need to reflect overall national development planning priorities and ambitions. It is through appropriate planning that the benefits and the costs of tourism development processes can be equitably distributed (Adu-Ampong, 2017). The arena of tourism policy and planning has expanded to include the state sector, the private sector, local communities and civil society organisations (Dredge and Jamal, 2015). It is important to consider how tourism policies and plans are being shaped through such interactions.


The growing influence of the tourism sector in SSA has resulted in a number of planning and policy shifts that need to be examined. This Special Issue on Sustainability in tourism policy and planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: past, present and future, therefore aims to open up a reassessment of the process of tourism policy and planning in SSA over the years. In particular we want to consider how the increasing focus on sustainability might shape future tourism planning and policy making.  The UNWTO has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development while the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have three of the seventeen goals making an explicit reference to tourism in goal 8: economic growth and employment, goal 12: sustainable consumption and production, and goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Thus the tourism sector is being called upon to explicitly integrate sustainability in its economic, social and environmental dimensions than has been done previously. We are therefore looking for papers that seek to interrogate the role of tourism policies, plans and practices in achieving sustainable development in SSA.


With this call, we are seeking, among other things, for a critical (re)examination of tourism policy and planning practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are looking for theoretical, conceptual and empirical research papers that explore one or more of the economic, social, cultural, political, organisational or environmental dimensions of the subject. In particular, we are interested in papers that interrogate the characteristics, past and present successes and challenges as well as the future implications of incorporating sustainability into tourism policy, planning and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. In keeping with the aims and scope of Tourism Planning and Developmentwe welcome contributions from all disciplinary perspectives especially those of an inter-disciplinary nature. We encourage papers on all countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as all forms of tourism, both mass and niche market.

Research on tourism policy, planning and development that are related to (but not limited to) the following topics are particularly welcome:


·                 Sustainable tourism development and climate change

·                 Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals

·                 Indigenous tourism development and sustainability

·                 Tourism, pro poor tourism and poverty reduction

·                 Tourism and local economic development

·                 Theoretical perspectives on tourism policy and planning

·                 National park policies and plans

·                 Community-based tourism and sustainable development

·                 Ecotourism policies and plans

·                 Tourism policy instruments for sustainability

·                 Stakeholder involvement in tourism planning and development

·                 Promoting domestic tourism

·                 Human resource development and management in the tourism sector

·                 Tourism governance

·                 Crisis and disaster recovery policy and planning for tourism

·                 Role of private sector in tourism planning and development

·                 The role of NGOs in tourism policy, planning and development

·                 Public-private partnerships for sustainable tourism development

·                 Scalar and intersectoral policy and planning issues beyond local and regional interpretations of SDGs


Expressions of Interest:

Please submit an abstract (300-500 words) to Emmanuel A. Adu-Ampong (e.adu-ampong@shu.ac.uk) and Albert N. Kimbu (a.kimbu@surrey.ac.uk) outlining the following: a) Title of proposed paper, b) Contributing authors affiliations and contact details, and c) Summary of the proposed manuscript that outlines the purpose, contribution/ significance, and relevance to the special issue. Authors should ensure their submissions reflect the aim and scope of the journal. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.


Key Dates:

Expressions of Interest: December 31, 2017

Deadline for Manuscript Submission: May 1, 2018

Reviews/Feedback on Manuscript Provided: August 1, 2018

Final Manuscript Due: December 1, 2018

The anticipated publication date is late/early 2019/2020. Papers will nonetheless be progressively made available online as soon as they have undergone the peer-review and have been accepted for publication.




Manuscripts can be theoretical or empirical in nature. Manuscripts will undergo a double-blind review. Submissions to Tourism Planning and Development are made using Scholar One Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rthp Papers must be formatted in accordance with Tourism Planning and Development style guidelines. To view the complete instructions for authors, please go to;http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rthp21&page=instructions


Selected References

Adu-Ampong, E. A. (2017). Divided we stand: institutional collaboration in tourism planning and development in the Central Region of Ghana. Current Issues in Tourism 20(3): 295-314.

Backman, K.F. and Munamura, I. (2017). Ecotourism in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thirty Years of Practice, London: Routledge

Dredge, D., & Jamal, T. (2015). Progress in tourism planning and policy: A post-structural perspective on knowledge production. Tourism Management, 51: 285-297.

Holden, A., & Novelli, M. (2011). The Changing Paradigms of Tourism in International Development: Placing the Poor First—Trojan Horse or Real Hope? Tourism Planning and Development, 8(3): 233-235

Jenkins, C. L. (2015). Tourism policy and planning for developing countries: some critical issues. Tourism Recreation Research, 40(2): 144-156.

Kimbu, A.N. & Ngoasong, M.Z. (2013). Centralized decentralization of tourism development: A network perspective. Annals of Tourism Research, 40: 235-259.

Mbaiwa, J. E. (2005). The problems and prospects of sustainable tourism development in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 13(3): 203-227.

Novelli, M. (2015). Tourism and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Current Issue and Local Realities, London: Routledge





We look forward to your submissions.



Emmanuel Adu-Ampong

Albert Kimbu



Dr. Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong
Senior Lecturer in Tourism and International Development
Sheffield Business School | Sheffield Hallam University
Stoddart Building Sheffield | S1 1WB | UK
Latest Publications: 
Adu-Ampong, E. A. (2016) A metaphor analysis research agenda for tourism studiesAnnals of Tourism Research 
Amin, H. M.T. M. and Adu-Ampong, E.A. (2016) Challenges to urban cultural heritage conservation and management in the historic centre of Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan-Iraq. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development
Oldekop, J. A., Fontana, L. B., Grugel, J., Roughton, N., Adu‐Ampong, E. A., Bird, G. K., ... & others. (2016) 100 key research questions for the post‐2015 development agendaDevelopment Policy Review
September 18 2017

Call for Papers for STHMCON-2018 (March 15 to 17, 2018), Shillong (India)



International Conference on

Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Marketing: Setting Agenda for Future Research

 (STHMCON -2018)

 March 15 -17, 2018

 Venue: North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong (India)

 Conference website: http://www.sthmcon.online


We are delighted to announce that International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Marketing: Setting Agenda for Future Research (STHMCON - 2018) will be held from March 15 -17, 2018 in Shillong, India.

The International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Marketing: Setting Agenda for Future Research (STHMCON - 2018) will offer a platform to academicians, research scholars, policy makers, industry practitioners and the budding tourism / hospitality professionals to exchange views, discussion and presentation of research findings relating to the sustainable marketing of tourism / hospitality products / services in general and North - East India Tourism in particular. Therefore, the STHMCON will serve as forum for everyone - entrepreneurs, operators, institutions and consumers - whoare concerned with tourism and to ensure that the tourism sector not only continues to develop, but it should be in harmony with each local environment and culture. The sustainability approach adopts a holistic, integrated view of marketing, considering social equity, environmental protection, and economic liveability.

The conference invites conceptual, empirical and methodological research papers and presentations expected to address both theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of sustainable tourism and hospitality marketing. Further details of the conference can be found at http://www.sthmcon.online

Conference Topics

The organizing committee welcomes  papers on, but not limited to, the following themes/topics within the domain of sustainable hospitality and tourism marketing:

-   Marketing for hospitality and tourism products

-   Innovative marketing strategies

-   Transforming visitor experience through marketing

-   Marketing through destinations and events

-   Information systems and Marketing

-   Marketing of tourism and hospitality education

-   Sustainable / Green / Renewable marketing

-   Consumer Behavior

-   Decision making, experience and satisfaction

-   Service excellence and service quality

-   Food service marketing and management

-   Emerging technologies, social media and e tourism

-   Marketing for special interest tourism products

-   Marketing strategies of  third world and developing nations

-   Cases on successful marketing practices

-   Social  and Ethical concerns of marketing

-   Future trends in the hospitality and tourism marketing

-   Food Service/ Culinary marketing

-   Services branding

-   Special interest tourism marketing and management

-   Customer Relationship Management

-   Human resource strategies and operations

-   Small and medium sized enterprises

-   GIS applications in tourism

-   International issues and cross-cultural research

-   Niche tourism

-   Entrepreneurship

-   International issues and cross-cultural research

-   Customer retention and loyalty

-   Indigenous tourism marketing

Submission Guidelines

Expressions of interest and abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted on or before  November 15, 2017 at the link provided in the conference website (https://sites.google. com/site/sthmcon/abstract-invitation). Abstracts should include author(s) names, affiliations and contact details.

Publication Opportunities

All submitted papers will follow review process and will be accepted and published in the conference proceedings (with ISBN). Participants can publish full paper or abstracts in the conference proceedings. STHMCON - 2018 has also teamed up with the Taylor and Francis Group's Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science: Bridging Asia and the World (JGSMS) and Emerald Publishing Group's International Journal of Tourism Cities (IJTC). A number of selected high-impact full text papers may be considered for the publication in these journals. Submitted papers must not be under consideration by any other journal for publication. The final decision for paper selection will be made based on peer review reports by the Guest Editors and the Editor-in-Chief of journals jointly. Selected full length papers will also be considered for publication in the ISBN numbered volume to be published after the event. 

Registration Fees




Indian  Delegates




31-12- 2017


31-12- 2017

Participants from Academic Institutes / Research Bodies

Rs. 2500/-

Rs. 3000/-

Research Scholars and Students

Rs. 1500/-

Rs. 2000/-

Participants from Industry / government organization

Rs. 2500/-

Rs. 3000/-

Accompanying person

Rs. 1500/-

Rs. 2000/-



Foreign Delegates

Participants from Academic Institutes / Research Bodies

US$ 150/-

US$ 175/-

Research Scholars and Students

US$ 100/-

US$ 125/-

Participants from Industry

US$ 150/-

US$ 175/-

Accompanying person

US$ 100/-

US$ 125/-

Local Delegates


Rs. 1000/-


*The registration fee will include the conference materials, access to all sessions, official breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and snacks etc. The participants will be accommodated in the limited number of rooms in the university guest house on twin sharing / first come first serve basis from March 14, 2018 to March 14, 2018 (03 Nights).

Important Dates and Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts (about 500 words)

:   November 15, 2017

Notice of acceptance

:   December 15, 2017

Deadline for submission of full papers (about 5,0 00-6,000 words)

:   February 15, 2018

Last Date of submission of registration fee

:   February 28, 2018

For all inquiries, please contact

Dr. Saurabh Kumar Dixit, STHMCON CHAIR

Department of Tourism & Hotel Management

North - Eastern Hill University

Shillong, Meghalaya (India)

Email: sthmcon@gmail.com

Website: http://www.sthmcon.online

Mobile: +91-9436565964, +91-700569074

Travel 022
September 17 2017

Why do you travel?

When I was a little child, my grandma told me: people are like migrating birds, today here and tomorrow away. It was the period when I could only see airplanes leaving white trails in the blue sky above my fishing village. Since then, I had developed a desire to fly like a bird and migrate to far-way land to explore, to experience, to feel, and to live.

The tourism futurist Ian Yeoman suggested that the top reason of traveling for a person is and will always be related to family and romance.  For me, it is a little bit different from its beginning. After nearly twenty years, I have been blessed to travel to many countries: China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, USA, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, etc. And my traveling is not finished yet. To be honest, I really have a phobia towards height and flying. Every time when stepping into a cabin of an airplane, I feel anxious and fearful. The turbulence experienced during the trip often drives me crazy.

So, why do I still travel bearing this huge fear inside me? The quote from George Martin to some degree expresses my reason. The bravery of humankind is not that they are not afraid when encountering threatening situations, but that they are willing to push forward with the fears. 

“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?' 

'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”

― George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones

I am not trying to be heroic. I still will not try bungee or skydiving, which will certainly give me heart attacks right away. But traveling is to exchange so many possibilities of experiences with a less than 30 hours flight, which can for sure take you to most of the corners on this planet. And along with our exploration into space, the horizon of traveling gets so much enhanced into the universe. Cassini, for example, has helped us understand more planets and stars far away from our earth. And I heard that Virgin Galactic is trying to operate the business of space tourism starting from 2018!

We have a long way to go to face the challenges along the way of exploration. However, our progress to improvement cannot be stopped. I wonder what is your purpose of traveling on this small blue dot planet. 

You are welcome to join the discussion by signing up as a member of IPATHs.ch and comment on this post or publishing a new post of your own. You can also join our Facebook group and like our Facebook public page.  

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September 16 2017

#ZIPATHs A campaign to greet Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili

Zurab Pololikashvili, current Ambassador of Georgia to Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Andorra, has been appointed Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period 2018-2021. 

To celebrate the new appointment of Mr. Z.P., we decided to run an online campaign to invite people in the field of tourism and hospitality to send greetings to him and write down what they want to work with Mr. Z.P. on, during his period of service in UNWTO. 

One example:

Dear Z.P., congratulations on the new appointment as the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period 2018-2021. I look forward to working with you in #tourism #education #online. #ZIPATHs IPATHs.ch

Now it is your turn to ZIP your greeting to Mr. Zurab Pololikashv, quoting the hashtag #ZIPATHs in your message and post on IPATHs .ch website or your own social media pages.

Here is some more information about Mr. Z.P., directly quoted from UNWTO press release:

Zurab Pololikashvili was elected by consensus at the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly being held in Chengdu, China, following the recommendation of the 105th UNWTO Executive Council.

Zurab Pololikashvili was Minister of Economic Development of Georgia (2009-2010) and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (2005-2006).

Useful links:

Resume of Zurab Pololikashvili

Interview with Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili

Profile picture Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili

September 11 2017

#UNWTOGAChina: Why should you care?

The first day of #UNWTOGAChina in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China has successfully closed.

There are five highlights to share from this high-level tourism event:

  • The new Secretary-General of UNWTO will be selected.
  • The up-to-date development in the world tourism industry will be shared and the forecasting and planning for the future tourism development will be shared.
  • The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) will jointly organize a round table with the UNWTO during the event to establish a national and regional tourism cooperation community surrounding the Belt and Road Initiative. (High-level Segment - “Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals & Building Partnerships for Development: the Example of the Belt and Road Initiative”, to take place on September 13). Read on the Guardian about The $900bn question: What is the Belt and Road initiative?
  • The World Tourism Alliance (WTA), a major international organization led by China, will be formally established during the conference.
  • Chinese became the official language of the conference. China's tourism participation in international tourism affairs increased significantly.

During the event, Mr. Taleb D. Rifai - the Secretary-General of UNWTO - said to the media during an interview that he should learn Chinese and he believes that the whole world should learn Chinese. He considered the core reason why UNWTOGA2017 is held in Chengdu is because China tourism plays a unreplaceable role in the world tourism. Mr. Rifai also revealed that this event was recommended to take place in China by China government and its National Tourism Bureau. Meanwhile, UNWTO also received official invitations from Governor of Sichuan Province and Mayor of Chengdu.

This event came back to China over a 14-year period after the year of 2003, when the 15th UNWTOGAChina was held in Beijing. The conference uses the national treasure panda as a symbol, friendly, warm and full of vitality, which fully displays the image of Sichuan province and welcomes the delegates from the world.

In addition to the usual meetings of the UNWTO General Assembly, Tourism Ministers' Meeting, Executive Committee Meeting, Regional Committee Meetings and Subsidiary Meetings, the General Assembly also holds the opening ceremony, welcome dinner, closing dinner, tree planting activities, ministers and heads discussions, dinner to announce the next host country, technical inspection and other important supporting activities.

It is reported that the 22nd UNWTOGA has received the largest number of participants in its history. As of September 11, more than 1,300 participants from more than 130 countries. As of September 10, the number of participants at the ministerial level had reached 74 people. It is expected that there will be more than 160 member countries' national tourism ministers, and representatives of more than 500 affiliated countries from civil society organizations, destination governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

Mr. Jinzao LI, the director of the CNTA, in his speech to the General Assembly (read his full speech), said:

"Aesop, an ancient Greek philosopher once said: Individually, you can easily be conquered, but together, you are invincible. The Chinese delegation is sincerely expecting to exchange views on global tourism development with our counterparts from all over the world. With the support from UNWTO, together we will promote integrated development of global tourism and bring more benefits to our peoples."

On the first day of the conference, the World Tourism Alliance (WTA), the First China-Initiated Global, Comprehensive, Non-governmental, Non-for-profit International Tourism Organization, was founded by China.

It’s learnt that the WTA consists of the General Assembly, the Board of Directors and the Secretariat. The General Assembly acts as the supreme authority, composed of all members; the Board of Directors as the execution body; and the Secretariat as the administrative body for daily affairs, composed of the Secretary General and his subordinates. The headquarters and the Secretariat of the Alliance are in China and adopt working languages of Chinese, English, French, Russian, Arabic and Spanish.

A total of 89 founding members were recruited worldwide for the 1st general assembly. They are from the United States, France, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Japan and Brazil, showing an extensive international representation. Among them are national tourism associations, influential tourism companies and think tanks, heads of international organizations, retired tourism officials, executives of tourism companies and noted scholars.

The WTA is committed to:

  • providing professional services for its members, building a platform for dialogue, communication and cooperation among its members, and promoting business cooperation and experience sharing among them;
  •  communicating and coordinating with relevant international organizations with an open mind and facilitating international tourism cooperation;
  • establishing high-level tourism research and consultancy institutions to study the trend of global tourism development;
  • collecting, analyzing and releasing global and regional tourism data;
  • providing consultation services and business training for governments and companies;
  • establishing a reciprocal mechanism among its members and promoting them to share resources and market their tourism market;
  • hosting annual meetings, summits and expos as platforms for exchange and cooperation between the public and the private sectors;
  • advancing the integration of the global tourism industry and related industries.

As the director of the WTA Preparatory Committee, the Director Jinzao LI attended the inaugural meeting of WTA and delivered a speech. He suggested that we should give full play to the important role of tourism for development and tourism for poverty alleviation. Read more from his speech here.

The establishment of WTA is the trend. WTA chairman Qiang Duan believes that the tourism industry is recognized in the world as the industry of low consumption of resources, high employment opportunities, and high efficiency. It is an important part of modern service industry, and becomes the important direction for many countries to adjust their industrial structure. Vigorously develop the tourism industry, is becoming the the strategic choice around the world to enhance the comprehensive competitiveness of a nation.

As Qiang Duan said, the global tourism development and opportunities are in the front. As a world tourism country, China is willing to build a global tourism exchange platform, to promote the global tourism industry exchanges and cooperation, and to push more efforts towards the global tourism's healthy and sustainable development.

UNWTO 22nd General Assembly is held in China and it initiates the China International Tourism Organization WTA, which are fully affirming the growing significant role played by China in the international tourism.

In recent years, China's tourism industry has made remarkable achievements in toilet revolution, global tourism, tourism poverty alleviation, tourism police, travel court, tourism diplomacy and civilized tourism. The tourism industry is becoming a strategic pillar industry of national economy and The people are more satisfied with the modern service industry.

"We did not come to China by chance," said Taleb D. Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO, in an interview.

"China is a more appropriate place to discuss some of the key topics in the tourism industry. China is also in a leading position in all walks of life, for tourism it is no exception.China, for consumption and expenditure, is a huge market for the world. This situation has last for at least eight or nine years. But also China is the world's fourth largest tourist destination, and more and more international friends are willing to travel to China. In the past year, the number of Chinese domestic tourists has reached 4.4 billion. Now, China 's domestic tourism market is the world' s largest."

According to statistics, in 2016, China received 138 million inbound tourists, with an increase of 3.5%; international tourism income reached 120 billion US dollars, with an increase of 5.6%. Chinese spent $ 109.8 billion US dollars in outbound tourism, achieving the tourism surplus of 10.2 billion US dollars.

China's inbound tourism has stepped out of the recession after the financial crisis, and it is developing from a comprehensive recovery to a new stage of sustained growth. The outbound tourism at the same time is evolving from its high-speed growth into a more stable growth period. China's international tourism surplus is expected to further expand. The achievement of the Chinese tourism industry is obvious to all.

Coincides with the year of 2017 being the United Nations World Tourism Year, holding the UNWTO 22nd session of the General Assembly in Chengdu is an opportunity to showcase the image of China as a world tourist destination, which is certainly gaining more and more attention to the global travelers.

Tourism, is not only about GDP, but also a way of looking at the world. It is the humanities, it is the responsibility. It can be seen that Chinese tourism stakeholders are taking the initiative to assume more responsibility of promoting the sustainable development of world tourism.

Program List of UNWTOGAChina 2017:

Source of information:

September 11 2017

#TravelEnjoyRespect Campaign 2017

In the framework of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change.

The main message of the campaign is summarized by the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai: “Whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host. You can be the change you want to see in the world. You can be an ambassador for a better future. TRAVEL, ENJOY AND RESPECT.”

The campaign, which will run in various languages and outlets around the world, includes a manual of ‘Tips for a Responsible Traveller’, developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics in line with the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. The manual provides travellers with a set of recommendations to help them make responsible choices when travelling and have a positive impact on the destinations they visit.

“Today more than ever, ensuring that tourism is an enriching experience for visitors and hosts alike demands strong, sustainable tourism policies and practices and the engagement of national, as well as local, governments and administrations, private sector companies, local communities and tourists themselves,” added Mr. Rifai.

The message will reach consumers through campaign supporters including among others CNN International, the Government of Andorra, the Madrid City Council, Iberia, the Spanish National Railways System (Renfe), Minube, PR MEDIACO, Cleverdis and Air Mauritius.

Destinations and companies from around the world are invited to join the campaign and celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a commitment from the sector to ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’.

Useful links:


UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino
Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 / rgomez@unwto.org
UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme
Tel: (+34) 91 567 8100 / Fax: +34 91 567 8218 / comm@UNWTO.org




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September 11 2017

What is #IY2017?

#IY2017 is the hashtag for 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (A/RES/70/193).

This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

In the context of the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector that can contribute to the SDGs.

The #IY2017 will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

(1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth

(2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction

(3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change

(4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage

(5) Mutual understanding, peace and security.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, has been mandated to facilitate the organization and implementation of the International Year, in collaboration with governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, international and regional organizations and other relevant stakeholders.


* #IY2017
* #travelenjoyrespect

Source of information: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/about/

September 11 2017 - September 16 2017

UNWTO General Assembly’s 22nd Session

The Information Office of China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) announced on May 18 that the biennial event will be jointly undertaken by CNTA, Sichuan Provincial Government, Chengdu Municipal Government, and Sichuan Provincial Tourism Development Committee.

Today, on September 11, 2017, UNWTO General Assembly’s 22nd Session is taking place in Chengdu, China, which will last until September 16, 2017.

As a top professional event in the global tourism industry, the event will bring together ministerial VIPs and more than 800 delegates from over 100 countries.

At the 21st session of the UNWTO General Assembly, held in Medellin, Colombia, Chengdu won, through voting, the bid to host the 22nd session two years later. Thus Chengdu became the second city in China to be the venue for the grand event, which was once convened in 2003 in Beijing. At the 22nd session, the organization's new secretary general will be elected, and the world's latest development in the tourist sector and new blueprint for the industry will be announced.

The UNWTO, the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsibilities, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, is the leading international organization in the field of tourism, which promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. All of its member states attach great value to its sessions, and previously all host countries' heads of states or government leaders were present at and addressed the opening ceremonies. A video of the mayor of Chengdu to extend a warm welcome to the guests will be aired at the 22nd session.

During the event in Chengdu, CNTA and UNWTO will co-host a ministerial roundtable focusing on China's "Belt and Road" initiative, and co-advocate to establish an alliance of cooperation in tourism among the countries and regions along the Belt and Road.

"I believe that the 22nd session of UNWTO General Assembly to be hosted in Chengdu will open a new page in the history of China and UNWTO, as well as of the global tourist industry," said Zoltan Somogyi, UNWTO Executive Director, during his visit in Chengdu, who also showed a strong confidence in the city's capabilities to offer top services for all guests to the event.


You may also be interested in:
* A full list of UNWTO 2017 Events
* Event website in Chinese
* Event trailer video on Vimeo

September 03 2017

MOOCs in tourism and hospitality - free online training

As one trendy development of online education, MOOC originated in 2008, when Connectivism and Connective Knowledge was offered online by the University of Manitoba (Canada) with an enrolment of over 2’200 people from around the globe (Leontyev & Baranov, 2013). It was innovative in the pedagogy of connectivism and became the first prototype of a “cMOOC”, which encourages participants to learn from making connection with others and to contribute knowledge in the community. The rise of MOOC platforms, such as Coursera, edX and Udacity in 2012, shifted the pedagogy of connectivism to cognitivism and behaviorism and popularized the format of “xMOOC”. MOOCs of this type are based on interactive media and texts and emphasize individual learning rather than learning from peers.

By 2015 MOOCs had reached over 4’200 provisions, involving more than 550 universities and 35 million learners (Shah, 2016). Yet the researches on this topic appear to be still in the initial exploration phase and primarily focus in the disciplines of education, information technologies and computer science disciplines (Bozkurt, Keskin & De Waard, 2016). More MOOC researches in the multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary are essential to add promising ground for studying digital learning (Veletsianos & Shepherdson, 2015).

Tourism and hospitality (T&H) industries contribute significantly to the global employment but constantly face challenges around skills shortages, staff turnover, seasonality, and training (Ryan, Horton-Tognazzini & Williams, 2016). By opening higher education courses to the public, MOOCs seem to have the potential to remedy the burgeoning tension for fast training in this field. However, offering T&H MOOCs is still a rarity. By 2015 there were 51 T&H MOOCs (in English), with 23 of them provided by higher education institutions (HEIs). An exploration into the two worldwide famous MOOC platforms – Coursera and edX (operated on April 29, 2017) showed that T&H is under-developed compared to other topics.

Below I organize a list of MOOCs that you can take as free trainings online.

Tourism and Hospitality MOOCs
* Arts and Heritage Management
* Biosciences: A Business Journey with Caffeine Cafe
* eTourism: Communication Perspectives (Round 2, 2016)
* Food & Beverage Management
* Heritage under Threat
* Hospitality and Tourism in China: A Global Perspective
* Hotel Management: Distribution, Revenue & Demand Management Specialization - Demand management: Breaking down today’s commercial silos
* Hotel Management: Distribution, Revenue & Demand Management Specialization - The Fundamentals of Hotel Distribution
* Hotel Management: Distribution, Revenue & Demand Management Specialization - The Fundamentals of Revenue Management
* Innovación en Turismo Cultural
* International Hospitality & Healthcare Services Marketing
* International Hospitality Management (MicoMasters, 2017) - Hospitality and Tourism Technology and Innovation
* International Hospitality Management (MicoMasters, 2017) - International Hospitality Luxury Management
* International Hospitality Management (MicoMasters, 2017) - Managing Human Resources in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
* International Hospitality Management (MicoMasters, 2017) - Managing Marketing in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
* Introduction to Global Hospitality Management
* Introduction to Wines 101
* Managing Marketing in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
* Recovering the Humankind's Past and Saving the Universal Heritage
* The Geopolitics of Hospitality
* The Politics and Diplomacy of Cooking and Hospitality
* Tourism Industry Analysis (Round 3, 2016)
* Wonderful Styles of Food & Beverage around the World
* World of Wine: From Grape to Glass
* [study.com] Hospitality & Tourism Management Training
* [study.com] Hospitality 101: Introduction to Hospitality
* [study.com] Hospitality 301: Hospitality Marketing
* [study.com] Hospitality 304: Hotel & Lodging Management & Operations
* [study.com] Hospitality 306: Revenue Generation for Hospitality
* [study.com] Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
* [study.com] Marketing for Travel & Tourism Operations Guide
* [study.com] Tourism Promotion Operations Guide
* [study.com] Travel & Tourism Management Guide
* 咖啡概论 (Introduction to Coffee)

Bozkurt, A., Keskin, N. O., & De Waard, I. (2016). Research Trends in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Theses and Dissertations: Surfing the Tsunami Wave. Open Praxis, 8(3), 203-221.
Leontyev, A., & Baranov, D. (2013). Massive open online courses in chemistry: A comparative overview of platforms and features. Journal of Chemical Education, 90 (11), 1533-1539.
Ryan, P., Horton-Tognazzini, L., & Williams, A. (2016). A snapshot of MOOCs in hospitality and tourism. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, 28(2), 107–112. DOI 10.1080/10963758.2016.1163497.
Veletsianos, G., & Shepherdson, P. (2015). Who studies MOOCs? Interdisciplinarity in MOOC research and its changes over time. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(3).

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September 02 2017

Make tourism responsible again!

Mr. Tourism, we know that tourism comes first. But can responsibility be the second?

What is overtourism?
Overtourism describes destinations where hosts or guests, locals or visitors, feel that there are too many visitors and that the quality of life in the area or the quality of the experience has deteriorated unacceptably.

It is no news anymore to hear over tourism, in particular under the influence of mass tourism. Increasingly residents are raising the issue and it is moving up the political agenda in the city governments. What can be done to manage tourism so that it does not overwhelm the cities – Venice, Barcelona, Paris, London, New York City, Prague, Berlin, Rome – where the sheer mass of tourism is beginning to be seen as a problem.

The cause of over tourism has been identified as a lack of government understanding about the negative impacts of tourism or planning it well; the growth of the middle classes globally and growth of the Chinese market. All these things are true but they completely miss the real cause of over tourism, which is the collusion between airlines, cruise ships and Governments to create artificially cheap flights and cruises at the expense of the taxpayer and the environment.


*What is Responsible Tourism (RT)? *
Responsible Tourism is about using tourism to make better places to live in and better places to visit. Often both visitors and guests experience the deterioration concurrently. Krippendorf, the father of Responsible Tourism, foresaw the growth of rebellious tourists and called for rebellious locals. Now those rebellious local are making their voices heard.

Sustainability in tourism isn’t just about re-using that hotel towel a second day. It’s thinking deeply about how visitors get in and out of a destination while doing the least harm. — Jason Clampet

Sustainable tourism development is not a new phenomenon. Already in 1992 the International Hotels Environment Initiative was launched. And since then the drive by organisations in the tourism industry to implement the concept of sustainability has led to the growth of many alternative formats of tourism. From eco-friendly to ethical, the objective of sustainable tourism is to retain the economic and social advantages of tourism development, while reducing or mitigating any undesirable impacts on the natural, historic, cultural or social environment.



July 03 2018 - July 06 2018

APTA 2018 Annual Conference

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 25, 2018
Decision Notification: March 18, 2018
Full Paper Submission Deadline: May 20, 2018

Early Bird Registration: May 27, 2018

Submit Abstracts to the Chair of the Paper Review Committee Dr. SooCheong (Shawn) Jang (Purdue University, USA) at https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/APTA2018

Submission Guidelines
All submissions (abstracts and full papers) to the APTA 2018 Conference must be original work not yet submitted to any other publication prior to the conference. (Authors are free to publish submitted work after the conference.) Submissions must be written in English and prepared in Microsoft Word (2007 or later). All submissions should be free of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors.

Abstracts should be three single-spaced pages long (must be longer than two pages but not exceed three pages) with the title of the paper centered at the top of the first page of the abstracts (A cover page for the authors’ information is NOT necessary). Each abstract must include an introduction, methods, findings, implications and/or conclusion, and a list of references. Note that reference lists are not included in the three-page limit.

Thesis-in-Progress: APTA 2018 also invites graduate students to submit in progress theses or dissertations. Selected graduate students will be given the opportunity to receive feedback from a panel of well-known scholars in HTM fields. More details about the Thesis-in-Progress session will be separately announced.

Full Papers and Proceedings
At a minimum, authors must submit an ABSTRACT for review. Full paper submissions are required for authors who want to be considered for best paper awards. Best paper awards will be competitively selected by the Paper Review Committee. Full papers should be limited to twenty single-spaced pages including references. Authors who do not submit full papers are still required to submit one-page abstracts for the Conference Proceedings by the full paper due date (May 20, 2018).

Conference proceedings will include either full papers or abstracts based on which one the authors want and be distributed without ISBN at the conference on Flash Drives. Thus, author(s) have to clarify, on the paper submission website (CMT), whether they wish to publish full papers or abstracts in the Conference Proceedings when they submit full papers or one-page abstracts by May 20, 2018.

Please make sure to follow the suggested template, which is available at the conference website: https://www.apta2018.org/

*Area of Interests *
* Advanced Research in Tourism and Hospitality
* Eco Tourism
* Medical Tourism
* Film and Drama Tourism
* Tourism in ASEAN and GMS
* Tourism Sustainability
* Tourism Planning and Policy
* Community Based Tourism
* Service Quality Management
* Logistics
* Supply Chain Management
* Hotel Management
* Restaurant Management and operation
* Safety and Crisis Management
* Information Technology
* Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
* Any other subject area related to Tourism & Hospitality

For further information, please visit the Conference Website: https://www.apta2018.org/ Or email the Chair of the Paper Review Committee, Dr. Jang, at jang12@purdue.edu

Chair, Academic Affairs Committee: Dr. SooCheong (Shawn) Jang, Professor, Purdue University, USA.

Chairman, Board of Directors: Dr. Yeong-Hyeon Hwang, Professor, Dong-A University, Korea.

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September 01 2017

IPATHs.ch beta released - now you can better share information in tourism

Dear friends,

Here I am to share with you the exciting news about the development of IPATHs.ch as a platform to connect tourism and hospitality people, by enabling information sharing and social communication.

As a startup project that I have been working on for one year using fragmented time out of my doctoral study, I am grateful and glad that it did not die as an idea but grow to become a practical tool that begins to serve you.

So, what can you do at present on IPATHs.ch?

  • It is free to use IPATHs.ch.
  • All messages that you would like to post related to your profession in the field of tourism and hospitality, you can publish it on IPATHs.ch.
  • You can sign up or sign in with Google account, or LinkedIn account. Or you can sign up using an email address.
  • You have your own personal timeline page, to record your own posts or pinned/saved posts from other users.
  • You can publish (1) projects, (2) events, (3) surveys (responses' preview will be released soon), and (4) posts, which temporarily include all other information that you would like to share.
  • You have your public profile page and can include links to your multiple social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Google Plus, Google scholar and Orcid so that people can connect with you easily.

In the future, we would like to enable you to functions like online courses, publications, forums, instant messaging, and speedy friend match among users. But let's do it one step a time.

Now I would like to sincerely invite you to join IPATHs.ch. You are encouraged to:

  • Sign up a new account or sign in with Facebook/Google/LinkedIn to post contents.
  • Complete an online survey to provide us your feedback on the beta.
  • Share IPATHs.ch to your network and invite them to try.
  • Report bugs to us by email: info@ipaths.ch.
  • Watch our platform trailer.

Look forward to your participation on this new platform of sharing in the field of tourism and hospitality!


Jingjing Lin

Cofounder/CEO, Aha Education GmbH; The initiator of IPATHs.ch

September 01 2017

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

Dear Colleagues

The admission to the next round of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship will start very (http://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/Poster2018-19HKPFS.pdf) soon. If you know someone who is interested in pursuing a PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management, please encourage them to apply for this Fellowship Scheme, as it aims to attract top international students to pursue PhD studies in Hong Kong. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approx. US$2,600) and a conference and research-related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approx. US$1,300) per year for a period of three years.

If you have any query about the scheme, please contact: rob.law@polyu.edu.hk or anita.hs.chan@polyu.edu.hk

Haiyan Song
School of Hotel and Tourism Management
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

August 31 2017

An Evaluation Role of Shopping Tourism on Urban Tourism Development (A Case Study of Foreign Second-Hand Clothing Market in Urmia)

With increasing demand for shopping by tourists, many tourist destinations began progress of shopping Strategy; So that they chose the retail and tourist shopping as their official policy in their efforts to develop tourist destinations. Today's shopping takes a lot of tourists' spending and Costs. The satisfaction of tourists from the quality of the product's purchase, the quality of service, the quality of the store space and its drivers, and the tourist facilities of the shopping mall (transportation, parking, restaurant and W.C) provides ground of tourism destination development. Shopping tourists will evaluate the quality of the product and service, which is a kind of perceptual process, even after shopping. Urmia city has became one of the tourist hubs and foreign Clothes shopping markets, especially foreign second hand clothes, because of closeness to the borders of foreign countries such as Iraq and Turkey and its high commercial performance. In this regard, the purpose of survey is to assess the role of shopping tourists in tourism development in Urmia. The research method is descriptive-analytical and also documentary and survey methods have been used.

February 02 2018 - February 05 2018

Postdisciplinary Approaches Conference 2018

Dear colleague,
Does disobedience, creativity and various forms of expression resonate with you as an intellectual and producer of knowledge? If so, please join us at the 3rd International Conference on Postdisciplinary Approaches (2-5 February, 2018). The final submission for abstracts is now open and available at http://postdisciplinary.net/. If you simply wish to attend the conference and be inspired by our keynote speakers, fellow creative thinkers, and an exciting conference programme, you can register online.

We are excited to bring you the most inspiring speakers from New Zealand on the chosen conference theme: Knowledge as Disobedience, Expression and Creativity. In addition to Prof Welby Ings – an award-winning filmmaker, TED Talks presenter, designer and author, and Prof Linda Tuwhai Smith - one of the most profound authors on indigenous methods, we are pleased to announce our 3rd keynote speaker: Firth Walker, Manager of Place Making, Waterfront Auckland. Frith is responsible for making Auckland the wonderful city it is. You can read about each speaker below and on our website.

We are starting to put together a conference programme that will leave you inspired and intellectually energized. Be prepared to experience a playful environment, stimulating talks, A pōwhiri (Māori welcoming ceremony), music, dancing, yoga and much more! We are looking forward to welcoming you at AUT, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our website.

Please share this with your colleagues whom you think may be interested in this event. A PDF leaflet is attached to this email.

For more information and updates please visit our conference website: http://postdisciplinary.net/.
We are looking forward to exploring disobedience, creativity and a multitude of expressions with you in Auckland!

The Postdisciplinary Team


Welby Ings
Firth Walker
Linda Tuhiwai Smith
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August 21 2019 - August 21 2022

Red Sea Project

Fact Sheet
The Red Sea project will be a luxury resort destination situated across the islands of a lagoon and steeped in nature and culture. It will set new standards for sustainable development and bring about the next generation of luxury travel to put Saudi Arabia on the international tourism map.

Location and resources
The Red Sea project is located along the Western coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, between the cities of Umluj and Al Wajh. The area is characterized by its year-round temperate climate, with average summer temperatures reaching up to 31°C.

Envisioned as an exquisite luxury resort destination established across 50 untouched natural islands in a lagoon that stretches along 200 kilometers of stunning coastline, The Red Sea will be situated on the site of one of the world’s last natural hidden treasures.

The project will form an archipelago that is home to environmentally protected coral reefs, mangroves, and several endangered marine species, including the hawksbill sea turtle. It also boasts dormant volcanoes, the most recently active of which has a recorded history of activity dating back to the 17th century AD. In addition, The Red Sea project’s nature reserve is inhabited by rare wildlife including Arabian leopards, Arabian wolves, Arabian wildcats, and falcons.

Tourists will also be able to visit the ancient ruins at Mada’in Saleh, which date back thousands of years, and are renowned for their beauty and historical significance. It is also the first heritage location in Saudi Arabia to be classified as UNESCO World Heritage site.

*Project Features *
The Red Sea will serve as a center of the wellness movement and a showcase for a healthy, engaged, and vibrant society. Visitors to The Red Sea resort will enjoy plenty of sunshine, pristine white sandy beaches, and for the more adventurous, various eco, historical, and cultural excursions, both on land and in the sea.

The resort will also offer popular activities including water sports – with The Red Sea famed for being one of the world’s best dive sites. In addition to extreme sports – parachuting, trekking, and rock climbing – as well as culturally enriching visits to the Arab Heritage Museum and the Archeology Center.

Targeting local, regional, and international tourists, The Red Sea project is projected to welcome one million visitors per annum by 2035, with the yearly number of visitors capped in order to protect the ecosystem and preserve the area’s natural habitat. To achieve this ambitious goal, the newly mapped semi-autonomous area will be governed by laws on par with international standards that will include no visa requirements for most nationalities. In addition, the regulatory framework of this project will set new standards for sustainable development and environmental protection, to ensure the conservation of the Kingdom’s natural environment in accordance with the highest standards of ecological best practice.

Project Timeline
The initial groundbreaking of The Red Sea project is expected in the third quarter of 2019. Completion of phase one of the project is anticipated by the last quarter of 2022, including the development of hotels and luxury residential units, as well as all logistical infrastructure – including air, land, and sea transport hubs.

Socio-economic Impact
With tourism representing the second most important sector in Saudi Arabia, The Red Sea will spearhead the diversification of the Kingdom’s leisure industry. As outlined in Vision 2030, the project also aims to diversify the Kingdom’s tourism offerings to create a year-round hospitality sector, while promoting cultural conservation and economic stimulation through local and international investments and spending. This is projected to achieve a contribution of SAR 15 billion per annum to the Kingdom’s GDP, in addition to creating up to 35,000 jobs, once it is up and running.

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November 18 2017 - November 23 2017

8th IIBA Conference

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit abstract or paper to International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA) that will take place on Nov 18-23, 2017 at Royal Caribbean Cruise from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA.


IIBA Conference is a unique, high-quality, double-blind peer reviewed conference that combines a rich academic experience with a cultural learning experience through travel. To this date, hundreds of academics from most reputable institutions have joined IIBA Conference on a Royal Caribbean Cruise. Please click here to read/view what they say about IIBAConference: http://iibaconference.org/testimonials/

IIBA Conference is organized by Assoc. of North America Higher Education International, a non-profit organization and sponsored by Univ of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Please see the quality of the previous conferences and some pictures here: http://iibaconference.org/previous-conferences/

To watch ANAHEI Distinguished Lecture Series Speakers, please click here: http://anahei.org/lecture/

To submit an abstract for IIBA Conference, please click here:
Deadline: September 15, 2017

If you have any questions about this unique experience, please email us at iiba@iibaconference.org

Thank you

Dr. Charles Rarick, Purdue University Northwest
Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, Univ of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Dr. Serdar Ongan, St. Mary's University


Dr. John N. Mellon
Dr. Woody G. Kim
June 01 2017 - January 01 2018
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May 24 2017 - May 24 2017

UNWTO Master Class on “Attracting Chinese Tourism to the Mediterranean Countries”

Chinese outbound tourism is one of the most discussed phenomena in contemporary tourism. As the Chinese outbound market grows and evolves into a more mainstream source of tourism demand, increasing numbers of countries are seeking to tap into its potential.

Chinese tourism is already well established in a number of Asia-Pacific, North and Latin American and European destinations. The Mediterranean littoral has featured mixed fortunes with some destinations being more successful than others in their efforts in the Chinese market.

This Master Class has been formulated on the belief that the Mediterranean brand comprises a number of distinct attributes which should enable Mediterranean countries and destinations to develop a clear market positioning based on a set of unique selling propositions which are attractive to Chinese tourists: USPs based on a rich historical and cultural tradition, a healthy lifestyle, an excellent climate and non-industrialised environment characterised by blue skies and clean seas and the harmonious relationship between ancient maritime cities and their surroundings.

The Master Class will bring together experts in the field of marketing, travel organisation and product development to discuss what the Mediterranean countries need to do to strengthen their potential in the Chinese market. It will also tap into some of the success stories from the region through the sharing of best practice examples from countries which already have a foothold in China.

Participants invited for this conference include Mediterranean Ministers and tourism stakeholders, particularly those of relevance to the Chinese tourism. Participants will receive an invitation to register with a link that will grant immediate access to the registration portal. Once a participant has registered, he or she will receive a confirmation that will give access to the accreditation process. Accreditation is personal and non-transferable.


Mr Eduardo Santander
Mr Taleb Rifai
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May 23 2017

New terror attack hits Europe. Will tourists keep coming?

Europe has been hit by another deadly terrorist attack that could prompt tourists to rethink plans to visit the region.
The attack on Monday evening at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city of Manchester killed at least 22 people, including children. It was the worst terror attack to hit the U.K. since the London bombings in July 2005.
Police say the Manchester bombing was carried out by a lone individual, but they've launched investigations to establish if he was part of a wider network. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
"This kind of incident has a big emotional impact on people, making [them] feel that the world is more dangerous and not as welcoming," said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist at travel firm Hopper.
Would-be tourists may be "seeing this as part of a pattern of bad stuff in Europe and thinking 'we shouldn't go to Europe'," he said.
The Manchester bombing followed a high profile attack in London in March when four people died after a man rammed a car onto a busy sidewalk near the houses of parliament.
Attacks in cities such as Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Nice within the last two years have already made some people wary about traveling in Europe.
First decline in visitors in years
French visitor levels dropped 4% in 2016 and spending by travelers slowed. This contributed to the first decline in visitors to Western Europe in many years, at a time when global tourism is growing.
Britain's tourism industry has held up well, however. Overseas visitor numbers to the U.K. rose by 18% in the first three months of 2017 to 8 million.
A weak pound has helped -- it fell sharply after the Brexit referendum in June 2016 -- making British hotels, restaurants and shops much cheaper for people exchanging dollars or euros.
Experts say the Manchester attack won't prevent tourism in the U.K. from continuing to grow this year, but it may slow the rate of expansion.
In the wake of Monday's bombing, Euromonitor downgraded its forecast for growth in visitor numbers to 4.9% from 5.1%. That means it expects roughly 100,000 fewer people to visit the U.K. this year than might otherwise have done so.
"In the scheme of things, it's a very small downgrade," said Euromonitor's top travel analyst, Caroline Bremner. "But there's obviously going to be an effect."
Small shifts in behavior
The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Americans visiting Europe earlier this month, citing the continued threat of attacks, particularly in tourist hot spots.
"While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks," it said.
How the British authorities respond to Monday's attack will be critical since "travelers will be looking for reassurance that it is okay to come to the U.K.," said Euromonitor's Bremner.
London's Metropolitan Police said Tuesday they are reviewing all upcoming events in the capital and will increase security as needed. There will also be more officers on "reassurance patrols in key areas."

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/23/news/manchester-attack-tourism-travel-flights/

May 10 2017 - May 09 2017

Round Table on Sustainable Urban Tourism

The UN General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and tasked the World Tourism Organization to organize its implementation in close cooperation with other regional and international organizations, UN Member States and all tourism stakeholders. Against this backdrop, UNWTO and the City of Madrid, with the support of the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda of Spain, are pleased to inform you that they will be hosting a panel discussion on sustainable urban tourism on 10 May 2017. This event will take place on the occasion of the 105th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council.

This debate will be held within the framework of the International Year and thus shall provide a perfect opportunity to contribute to its objectives, namely to increase awareness on the role of tourism in urban environments. The event is aligned with the five key areas of the International Year of Tourism for Development, namely (1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth, (2) Social Inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction, (3) Resource Efficiency, environmental protection and climate change, (4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage and (5) Mutual understanding, peace and security. It will address the necessary changes for tourism to become a more effective tool for the sustainable development of urban tourism.

Kindly note that registration for this event is now closed.

Useful links:

UNWTO City Tourism Network
2016 / 2017 UNWTO City Tourism Network Action Plan
Official website of the Internatinal Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

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May 09 2017 - October 01 2019

Blue Flag beaches consumer research

Selected recent consulting projectsNorway Fjords
Blue Flag beaches consumer research
Sogn og Fjordane County sustainable tourism policy integration
Greening festivals in Ontario
Some past consulting projects also include:
Conducting a waste audit and sustainability strategy for the Irie festival
TIFF Sustainable Best Practices
Ontario Region 7 Sustainable Tourism Strategy and Toolkit
Evergreen Brickworks Market Match strategy
Three Year Strategic Plan for the Ontario Cycle Tourism Partnership
Community Based Tourism Development and Policy in Jamaica
Course development about sustainable tourism issues for universities and colleges nation-wide
Assisting Kuoni Travel Ltd with corporate sustainability and developing KPI’s
Strategic business advice and development plans for small business
Training in marketing for small tourism companies about how to access markets and ensure sustainability in product development
Development of a community benchmarking guide for sustainable tourism development
Tourism research and reports for Caribbean Tourism Organization, World Bank, etc.
Examining potential and feasibility of development soft adventure in the Caribbean
Assessing global CSR in the tourism industry for the World Bank
Developing and writing an environmental benchmarking guide for hotels
Rachel’s work includes or has included:
Professor, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University (current)
Director, Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Research (current)
Environmental Advisor, The International Tourism Partnership (a programme of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).
communications and PR for tour operators and hotels/lodges
working with a landscape architect firm, a leisure centre, tour operators, hotels and tourist attractions
and work for charities such as Friends of Conservation, OMEC and other ecotourism or start-up tourism ventures.
Rachel has helped develop sustainable tourism policies, marketed companies
internationally, developed and executed PR strategies and developed partnerships.
To read more about consulting services, click here

May 09 2017

Don’t look now, Venice tourists – the locals are sick of you

Imagine a packed Emirates Stadium emptying its stands on a town the size of Margate every day and you begin to get a sense of how swamped sinking Venice has become. Now tensions that have simmered for decades are boiling over as the city’s vanishing population of 55,000 fight back against the tourist tide.

On Sunday, members of the Comitato NO Grandi Navi, a group campaigning against the giant cruise ships that daily disgorge visitors into the fragile lagoon, took to dinghies to get in the way. Or at least to make a noise while some of the estimated 30,000 peak-season daily cruise visitors peered down at them from the upper decks.

More than 60,000 people descend on Venice each day, with less than half staying the night. “At least the tourists in the hotels are easier to manage, and bring richness to the city,” says Marco Caberlotto, a member of Generation 90, a campaign group established this summer. “Most people just want to take a selfie in St Mark’s Square before they go back to their ships.”

Caberlotto, 25, represents a generation of Venetians being priced and crowded out of their city by tourists who come in search of history and bad pizza. They have had enough. The city’s population is now shrinking by about 1,000 people a year as property prices and rents soar. Landlords are increasingly renting space via Airbnb.

For those who remain – Caberlotto, a masters student, lives in a small apartment owned by his parents – daily life can be an assault course of choked streets and overloaded vaporetti. Last month, more than 500 members of Generation 90 staged a march. They held up shopping trolleys and push chairs and chanted in Venetian dialect: “Watch your legs, I’m coming through with a trolley.”

A demonstration against cruise liners being allowed into the city
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A demonstration against cruise liners being allowed into the city. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
The longer-term threats are graver still. In July, Unesco’s world heritage site committee voted to postpone a decision on whether to put Venice on its list of endangered sites. The decision followed a damning 2015 report into the effects of overcrowding, construction and pollution on Venice’s teetering foundations and ecology.

Campaigners are calling for visitor caps, a cruise ship cordon and measures to tackle the housing crisis. Generation 90 want at the very least a version of an Airbnb tax introduced in Florence this year (€2.50 per person per night). But the city government, which could not respond in time for publication, has been beset by accusations of inaction and the fallout of a 2014 corruption scandal related to the building of flood defences.

As for the cruise companies? Nobody at P&O, Cunard, Royal Caribbean or Thomson could explain how they plan to respond to the problem of overcrowding when contacted by the Guardian. Cruise Lines International Association, the industry body, says it is urging the Venetian authorities to find a solution, insisting that it already self-imposes a ban on the biggest ships. It also points out the economic benefits of cruising to the region.

“The problem is that these tourists think this is a kind of Disneyland,” Caberlotto says in a break from studying at a library on the Zaterre promenade, where many of the cruise ships dock. “They should remember that this is a living city.”

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May 09 2017

Saudi Arabia is gearing up to become a tourism destination

The conservative kingdom may not be top of Western holidaymakers’ lists but it’s home to archaeological sites, pristine beaches and ancient desert culture.

“Camels are mentioned several times in the Quran. They are God’s way of reminding us that beauty is superficial,” Jabbah al Tabib says as he strokes one of his most expensive camel’s necks. “I think they’re amazing. I’d rather die than sell my camels for meat.”

Mr Tabib describes himself as “Saudi Arabia’s foremost camel expert,” and he certainly has a claim to it. He gets around four calls a week from insurance companies seeking his advice on how to settle road traffic accident claims involving the animals, and frequent requests from around the country to weigh in on other camel-related legal disputes.

When cars were invented it was predicted that using the camel as a means of transport as well as source of milk and meat would die out – but well into the 21st century, around four million of them remain an important part of daily life for many Saudis, as well as a connection to an ancient heritage.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-tourism-destination-holidays-camels-riyadh-middle-east-travel-king-abdul-aziz-camel-a7694271.html

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May 28 2017 - May 09 2017

GloSITH Conference 2017 in Japan

The 1st Global Congress of Special Interest Tourism & Hospitality (GloSITH) Conference

24 – 26 June 2017

Beppu, Japan

The due date of abstract submission is extended to 30 April 2017.

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Global Congress of Special Interest Tourism & Hospitality (GloSITH) conference that will be held in Beppu, Japan between 24 – 26 June, 2017.

Once the abstract (300 to 500 words) of your paper has been accepted, you do not need to submit the full paper to make an oral presentation at the conference.

The Global Congress of Special Interest Tourism & Hospitality (GloSITH) conference invites attendees from academia, industry, government, and other organizations to exchange and develop state-of-the-art research and industrial case studies on the special interest tourism and hospitality. While the official language of the conference is English, the ‘Global session’ in the conference will allow delegates to present their papers in Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, as there appears to be enough delegates with an understanding of these languages. The abstract of these papers will however have to be submitted in English. Please inform the organizers of your desire to present in one of these three languages when submitting your abstract.

The organizing committee of the conference will officially put the name and logo of the university or institution from which 5 or more registered delegates attend, respecting them as a proud sponsor of the conference.

We invite submissions that will cover many aspects within the global spectrum of tourism and hospitality, including but not limited to:

     Tourism, Hospitality, Event, Gambling, Leisure, and Sport management/marketing/policy;
     Case studies on tourism and hospitality marketing and management practices;
     Development of conceptual models in tourism and hospitality;
     Innovation and product development in tourism and hospitality;
     Methodological issues in tourism and hospitality.

The attached document presents the concrete list of themes you can submit.

Important Dates:
Extended Deadline for Submission of Abstracts (300-500 words): 30 April 2017.

Notice of acceptance: 5 May 2017.

Deadline for early registration: 15 May 2017.

Registration Fees:
Early bird single participant: US$295* (You must register by 15 May 2017).

Single participant registration (after 15 May 2017): US$395*

Student Registration:

Early bird registration fee: US$200* (You must register by 15 May 2017)

Registration fee (after 15 May 2017): US$295*

Accompanying partner: US$200**

*Includes conference proceedings and access to full conference activities, conference meals, excluding accommodation.

**Includes access to full conference activities, conference meals, excluding accommodation.

For all inquiries, contact the Chair of Conference Organizing Committee:

Timothy Lee, Ph.D.

Professor in Division of Tourism & Hospitality,

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU),

Beppu 874-8677 Japan

Email: timothylee728@gmail.com

Please refer to the attached for details of the conference.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and welcoming you at the GloSITH conference in Japan!


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August 09 2017 - May 09 2017

Bournemouth University International Conference

Bournemouth University International Conference ­

The Visitor Economy: Strategies and Innovations

Monday 4-Wednesday 6 September 2017


Register on https://thevisitorseconomy.eventbrite.com
Submit an abstract by 26 May to DepTHconference2017@bournemouth.ac.uk

Great programme and networking – fantastic social programme including the
famous Bournemouth air show just before the conference – excellent
publication opportunities

Bournemouth University Department of Tourism and Hospitality is pleased to
invite you to the international conference on The Visitor Economy:
Strategies and Innovations, organised in collaboration with our global

The conference brings together leading academics and industry researchers
to exchange and share their experiences, knowledge and ideas on all
aspects of the visitor economy. In addition to our conference scientific
sessions, we would like to invite you to visit Bournemouth. We look
forward to welcoming you at Bournemouth University.

The visitor economy includes all activities which contribute to visitors¹
experiences. At the core are the components of the tourism product, such
as accommodation, food, restaurants, transport and attractions. The
concept, however, is much broader as the economy caters for the needs of
all visitors, not just tourists. It embraces all activities,
infrastructure and services provided to make each visitor’s experience
possible. To create a successful visitor economy, it is necessary to
manage each individual component of the economy efficiently with a focus
on the needs of visitors.

This makes the sector a complex one. Businesses are constantly introducing
innovations to maintain their competitive advantages. These strategies and
innovations are used to build resilience into destinations and businesses
to improve their international competitiveness. These may be achieved by
implementing innovations leading to cost reduction, improvement in
productivity, improvement in the quality of product and the creation of
new products or better delivery systems.

The themes of this conference will include, but are not limited to:


Register on https://thevisitorseconomy.eventbrite.com
Submit an abstract by 26 May to DepTHconference2017@bournemouth.ac.uk


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June 01 2017 - May 09 2017

CREATOUR international conference

We would like to welcome and encourage you to attend the CREATOUR international conference “The State of the Art in Creative Tourism: Leading Research | Advanced Practices | Future Trajectories”.
The conference will be held June 1-2, 2017 in Curia (surroundings of Coimbra), Portugal. It is organized within the project CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas. The overall objective of CREATOUR is to develop and pilot an integrated approach and research agenda for creative tourism in small cities and rural areas.
About CREATOUR: www.ces.uc.pt/creatour

The early bird registration period for the conference is open until April 21 at:http://www.ces.uc.pt/creatour/conference/#pag_16392

More information about registration and fees can be checked at: http://www.ces.uc.pt/creatour/conference/#pag_16868
Please access to the conference website – http://www.ces.uc.pt/creatour/conference/ – to see more information about the conference programme, venue, transportation, etc.

For any questions/comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in Curia (surroundings of Coimbra)!


Caroline Couret
Greg Richards
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May 09 2012 - May 09 2013

Tourism Project

The objective of the project is to develop Honduras' tourism potential, thereby diversifying foreign exchange earnings, generating employment especially in the regions of the country with few alternative economic activities, increasing Government revenues, and building institutions for tourism planning and implementation. The project comprises a line of credit for hotel and other tourism enterprises, improved air facilities, establishment of a special unit to regularize the land tenure situation on Roatan Island, archaeological works at Copan, and technical assistance for (a) the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, (b) hotel training, (c) environmental control on Roatan, (d) tourism marketing, and (e) airport cost accounting studies. About 1,500 direct permanent jobs as well as additional indirect employment, will be created by the project.

May 09 2016 - May 09 2018

Egyptian heritage statues preservation

ECHO Projects

ECHO Trustees, led by Prof. Fekri Hassan are currently engaged in the development of an action plan for the management of the sites of the St. Katherine Monastery area, soon to be declared a World Heritage Site. They are also engaged in developing the cultural heritage component of an Explorer’s visitor center in the Red Sea Governorate, Egypt. Prof. Fekri Hassan is also involved in the development of a cutting-edge website under development by IBM on The Legacy of Egyptian Civilization, the establishment of a computerised database of Egyptian cultural heritage elements in archaeological sites and museums.

As part of ECHO's education project, ECHO is in the process of establishing a writing competition for young Egyptian archaeologists, the writers of the best ten entries will be invited to participate in an ECHO site management fieldschool at a World Heritage Site and have their essays posted on the ECHO website. This educational programme will be developed to offer scholarships in various universities in Egypt and eventually overseas.

As part of ECHO's dedication to education, a series of archaeological fieldguides are planned, and versions will be published both in English and Arabic. The first ECHO Fieldguide in the series, the ECHO Field Handbook of Excavation: Methodology and Recording Techniques, Standards and Conventions, is in the final stages of publication. This fieldguide covers every aspect of excavation on land. Other books and information leaflets are also in the planning stage. A children's book on ancient Egypt is being prepared, again there will be versions in both English and Arabic. This book will not only cover all the usual social aspects of ancient Egypt, but explain why it is important that the monuments and sites are preserved for the future and their relevance to today's society. In 2001, Prof. Fekri Hassan, the Honorary President of ECHO, edited A Strategic Approach to Egyptian Cultural Heritage Management (sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), World Heritage Center (WHC) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP)), a report that G. J. Tassie, ECHO’s Managing Director, also helped to prepare and write.

ECHO Trustees are also currently engaged in helping the Egyptian authorities establish a National Register of Sites and Monuments, one of the most effective methods of protecting cultural heritage. ECHO urge all archaeologists working in Egypt, or who have information on sites already excavated, to fill in the registration form of CultNat, the Egyptian National Documentation Center at this address: http://www.cultnat.org/prehistoric/home.html