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Conference Themes

 

 

TOURISM IN TRANSITION ECONOMIES

 

 

ISSUES AND CHALLENGES FOR DESTINATION COMPETITIVENESS

 

 

 

 

POLICY AND TOURISM PLANNING

  • The history and evolution of tourism development
  • The challenges of transitioning from public to private sector tourism
  • Economic impact of tourism
  • Infrastructure development
  • Geopolitics and tourism
  • Tourism and the National story
  • Crisis management in tourism
  • Tourism as an engine for social and economic development
  • Outlook for internal travel
  • Accessibility and barriers to travel
  • Stakeholder management
  • Foreign investment in tourism
  • Monitoring tourism: Observation and data analytics

 

DESTINATION MARKETING:

  • Trends in consumer demand
  • Building the destination experience – Stakeholder collaborative approaches
  • New product development
  • Service design in tourism companies
  • The role of DMOs in attracting new markets
  • Digital trends in tourism development and marketing
  • International sales and distribution challenges
  • Multi-destination cooperation in marketing
  • Cooperative building of destination digital image
  • The image of destinations and destination branding strategies

 

  • Creative destination marketing strategies
  • Iconic attractions and destinations
  • Mega events as destination attractors
  • Mega events and infrastructure development
  • Mega events and environmental, social, and economic impacts

 

  • Sustainability in developed and developing economies
  • Environmental preservation and park development
  • Sustainable models/experiences of tourism planning and development

 

TOURISM PRODUCTS

  • Wellness and health tourism
  • Medical tourism
  • Sports tourism
  • Leisure and beach tourism
  • Nature tourism
  • Culture tourism
  • Business and the meetings sector
  • City tourism
  • Cities as drivers of national tourism
  • Interpretation for international visitors

 

INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISES

  • Trends and innovation in management
  • Hidden innovation in tourism
  • Entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in tourism
  • The creative industries and tourism services

 

HIGHER EDUCATION AND TOURISM

  • The role of universities in economy and society
  • Best practice in curriculum development in tourism management
  • Student employability
  • Training and education
  • Staff training and life-long learning in the tourism sector

 

UNDERSTANDING THE PRESENT, MANAGING THE FUTURE

  • Looking into tourism futures / foresight studies
  • Responding to new consumers
  • Confronting the past: Selling the national story in tourism and events
  • The impact of national culture on tourism development