ITSA 2016: Conference Announcement

Posted on December 18, 2015

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We are delighted to announce that the 6th International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennial conference will be held at the University of Greenwich, London, UK from 17-19th August 2016.  This is the first time that the conference has been held in Europe and it will provide a unique opportunity to meet, hear from and network with tourism scholars and professionals from Asia, Australasia, North and South America and Europe on a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Europe’s most visited tourism city.

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The conference organizers are calling for full papers, case studies and oral presentations that are aligned with the four conference themes of:

Tourism cities and urban tourism

Urban tourism; tourism around major metropolitan regions; destination management; destination marketing; events in tourism cities; tourism planning; MICE sector

The Chinese market for European tourism

Tourist typologies; marketing; destination welcome; host-guest relations; product development; impacts studies; public policy; workforce development; innovation in tour operations.

River, cruise and maritime tourism

Sustainability; impacts studies; coastal tourism; island tourism; cruise operations; destination management; destination marketing; product development; water sports tourism.

Heritage tourism in cities

Tourism in UNESCO World Heritage Convention sites; cultural heritage tourism; sustainability; conservation; visitor management; education; innovations in technology.

These themes have been chosen to reflect the unique location of the 6th ITSA conference on the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.  The conference venue sits on the River Thames, and is connected by River, Road and Rail to some of the world’s most famous tourist sites including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and the newly famous Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park.

Abstracts of proposals should be sent to Dr. Samantha Chaperon, Chair of the Scientific Committee at s.a.chaperon@greenwich.ac.uk .  Any questions about the conference itself should be sent to the conference chair, James Kennell at j.s.kennell@greenwich.ac.uk

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 30, 2016

Decision Notification: May 31, 2016

Full Paper Submission Deadline: July 8, 2016

For oral presentations please submit abstracts of not more than 500 words or not more than three pages to Dr. Samantha Chaperon. Abstracts must have a title centered at the top and include an introduction, methods, findings, implications or conclusions, and a reference list (the reference list is not included in the word count).

ITSA also invites abstracts of 1,000 words for full papers for possible inclusion in the refereed conference proceedings and expanded papers of up to 8,000 words for publication in the International Journal of Tourism Cities, published by Emerald and ITSA. These should be sent to Dr. Samantha Chaperon. Full paper submissions will be considered for the Best Paper Awards, which are selected by the Scientific Committee. Full papers submitted after the above-listed submission deadline will not be considered for the Best Paper Awards.

Over the coming weeks, full details of the conference will be announced through the ITSA and conference webpages, as well as on social media and discussion groups.

ITSA looks forward to welcoming you to London in August 2016.

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