Call for papers


The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental researches and case studies dealing with the following tracks:

  1. SUSTAINABILITY;
  2. MEASURABILITY
  3. AWARENESS
  4. RECOGNITION
  5. TECHNOLOGY

1. SUSTAINABILITY

The track has the purpose to raise awareness on the need to deliver sustainable and “inclusive” actions for tourism destinations. It involves the promotion of sustainable tourism strategies including, but not limited to, innovative firm-territory relationship, value co-creation, sustainable financial business models such as crowdfunding that enhances tourism deliverables. This enables the tourism industry to improve sustainable destination management stewardship, hospitality & tourism development.

Main Keywords: slow tourism; sustainable development goals; hospitality and tourism development; sustainable destination management; financial management for sustainable tourism; collaborative and sharing economy; sustainable business model; added value creation for tourism; crowdfunding; start-up; business angels.

2. MEASURABILITY

The tourism sector calls for the need to track and quantify the effectiveness of tourism’s impact across the value chain. Therefore, a more holistic accounting and reporting method should take into consideration the impacts and the effects of the tourism dynamics in more details. In addition, also adequate financial tools to support the management process need to be better investigated. Consequently, researches among the measurement of socio-economic outcomes, performance monitoring and researches on financial tools and institutions role in providing funding for tourism players are welcoming.

Main Keywords: accounting and accountability; governance; financial tools and institutions; risk assessment; crowdsourcing; performance measurement and productivity; environmental and social impact; socio-economic outcomes

 3. AWARENESS

The track fosters the understanding of the integration and participation of the diverse stakeholders in the tourism supply value chain. Moreover, the tourism sector is a relevant value for regional and local development. As a matter of fact, regional development can be strongly based on local tourism economy which consequently spread environmental improvements and boost urban regeneration. In other words, regional tourism based on cultural tourism may facilitate the establishment of global players (see for example the “Wimbledonization” of cultural assets). Consequently, local community empowerment and human resource strategies for tourism and hospitality for tourism development is highly required. Thus, participants are invited to submit works and researches that investigate inclusiveness partnerships and strategic alliances among the tourist industry.

Main Keywords: stakeholder empowerment and engagement; community-based travel; integration and participation of stakeholders; partnership and networks; inclusiveness and strategic alliances; community involvement in tourism development; equality, gender and diversity issue; human resource strategies; organisational buying behaviour; destination marketing management; identity, branding and marketing; consumer behaviour.

4. RECOGNITION

The track looks at good and virtuous practises that protect common goods and natural areas linked to itself crucial regulation and institutionalization, that has been lacking in literature yet. Heritage conservation and preservation is a fundamental driver of tourism attractions so this track opens the debate around the regulation of the common, eco-tourism, city heritage and regeneration and finally looks for renewable environmental management systems that take care the conservation of natural areas and common goods.

Main Keywords: common good regulation, legal requirement for protecting the common; common pool resources; protected areas and biodiversity; cultural heritage and regeneration; environmental management system; urban tourism; heritage conservation and preservation; public procurement.

 5. TECHNOLOGY

Credible and trustworthy data are required in order to specifically outline the socio-economic outcomes that support the sustenance of tourism. In this direction, technology could strengthen this lack by providing innovative information system processes, creative ways of structuring and qualifying the offer, and managing payment systems, financial instruments and procedures in the tourism sector. As a matter of fact, innovative models for the tourism sector have been a spreading change during the last decade. This is due to the advancement in the tourist value. The tourist has been perceived creative and dynamic and he plays a crucial and active role within the local community by enhancing the territory. Consequently, the customization and personalization of tourism destinations has gained in importance and has started to deeply depending on previously tourism experiences. Thus, in this landscape, innovation no longer consists of new products creation because personalization guides the tourist’ choices. Implementing models that fulfils the consumer’s expectation and confidence is needed because that innovative models lead to collaboration among all stakeholders.

Main Keywords: use of (digital) storytelling; digital economy and big data; e-tourism; new models of selling and distribution; digital and experiential making; tourism social network; tourist experiences; tourism information systems; e-tourism regulation