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NETOUR Conferences: Sochi May'15 & Cáceres Sep'15




Tourism in transition economies –

Issues and challenges for destination competitiveness



SEPTEMBER 13-16, 2015

Cáceres, Spain






This conference will address the challenges to sustainable tourism development in transition economies with special references to Russia. It is organized as part of an EU-funded project called NETOUR (www.netour.eu), Network for Excellence in Tourism through Organizations and Universities in Russia.


Russia, like other fast-growing economies, has experienced a significant growth in tourism in the past few years. Yet, challenges appear in light of (among many others factors) national economic policy priorities, international policies, the structure of public administration, the qualification of professionals, marketing practices, the situation of the training and educational system in tourism management, the emergence of environmental issues, and sustainable tourism planning and development practices. Certainly, those challenges and issues are not limited to Russia. Other countries with transition economies such as China, Vietnam, or Eastern European countries have also been confronted to similar problems. We believe that universities and their teachers and researchers have a key role to play in facing these challenges. Universities are uniquely positioned at the center of the education – innovation – knowledge transfer triangle. Together with tourism professionals and policy makers, they are responsible for designing the future of tourism in their respective countries, and they should be active in helping tourism reach social and economic development goals in a sustainable manner.


This conference will be hosted in Cáceres, Spain, by the NETOUR consortium. Cáceres, located in western Spain, is a historical city with well-preserved 12th century Arab walls and numerous towers overlooking the old town. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, as it is one of the most complete urban landscapes dating from the medieval period and the Renaissance. Cáceres was awarded the title of Gastronomy Capital of Spain for 2015. With its architectural wonders, it is the ideal setting for a gastronomy route through the culinary specialties of the Extremadura region. “Recipes inherited from the Roman, Arab and Jewish cultures, in conjunction with traditional Spanish cuisine, mean that of Cáceres can be considered authentic fusion cuisine.”




Conference Co-Chairs:


Prof. Galina Romanova, Rector, Sochi State University, Russian Federation

Lidia Andrades, Ph.D., Netour coordinator, University of Extremadura, Spain




Objectives of the Conference


Conference conveners invite researchers and practitioners to share their research, expertise, and perspectives in order to shed more light upon the issues that countries with a transition economy face in the context of tourism. This is an opportunity to explore the internal and external factors that facilitate or constrain the sustainable development of tourism. We would like contributions that address public sector and policy making, private business and entrepreneurship, as well as education and training. The conference aims at understanding how innovation and activities in these sectors all combine and contribute to achieve tourism destination competitiveness and productivity, either at the national or regional level.

The conference will be designed to facilitate exchange and discussions. Conference presentations will therefore be kept short and moderators will encourage active participation by attendees and discussion with presenters.


Keynote Speaker



Prof. Larry Dwyer is President of the International Academy for Study of Tourism, the International Association for Tourism Economics, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Business Enterprises for Sustainable Tourism Education Network (BESTEN).



Submissions of presentations, papers and posters are invited

relating to (but not limited to) the following themes:




















Guidelines and Submission Details


As it is described at the "Guidelines for submissions" subsection, contributions by academics and practitioners are welcome in the following categories:

A/ Academic contributions (research papers)

B/ Professional contribution (case studies and discussion papers)

C/ Student contributions (research and case-studies)

D/ Round-table proposals



The scientific committee is composed of colleagues from Russia, the European Union, and beyond.

(please check at the subsection "scientific committee")



Conference Academic Program Co-Chairs:



Prof. Frederic Dimanche, Ph.D., SKEMA Business School, France

Lidia Andrades Caldito, Ph.D., NETOUR coordinator, University of Extremadura, Spain



Conference Industry Track Coordinators:



Andrey Apukhtin, Ph.D., Sochi State University, Russian Federation

Yuri Ivanov, Ph.D., St Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russian Federation

David Ward-Perkins, SKEMA Business School, France



For further information, please contact conference@netour.edu



The conference website is still under construction and will be communicated later.

Conference Venue: TBD, Cáceres, Spain ( http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/384/ )


We look forward to seeing you in Cáceres!