Outstanding week in Italy. See the story map

Let’s go back to the outstanding week in Italy. See and enjoy the story map prepared by Marta Nalej from the University of Lodz.

The goal of the study visit in Turin (Italy) was to involve students in designing a spatial development strategy aiming at the sustainable territorial development of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato wine region.

The study visit to Italy was organized by the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST). Researchers from Italian team conducted an initial enquiry on spatial planning challenges and opportunities of tourism development in Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, in Piedmont. Students were requested to prepare stakeholders analysis, SWOT analysis, and actionable policy recommendations, and present the results during local seminar organised on the last day of our stay in Turin.

The study visit to Italy was organized in the period between 19-23 of September, 2022. This story map presents this outstanding week in Italy day by day.

Report of ITC2022. International Tourism Congress

International Tourism Congress ITC2022 was organized by the Faculty of Geographical SciencesUniversity of Lodz (Poland) in cooperation with CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. ITC2022 was also final event disseminating achievements of the SPOT project. The event was supported by the Lodz Tourism Organisation, the Baltic University Programme, and the Polish Geographical Society. We met both online and in person in Lodz on 16th to 19th of November, 2022.

Participants of ITC2022 were affiliated to institutions from all over the world, but mostly from Poland (the country where the congress was organised) and Portugal (the country of CiTUR – scientific centre owning the congress brand). Distance matters. Thus, Poles were eager to participate on-site rather than online, while people from other countries preferred to join ITC2022 online. 181 people participated in the congress in total, including 106 on-site participants, and 75 online.

Local organising committee, in cooperation with CiTUR ITC Board, decided to announce the call for sessions first, and then – call for abstracts. This allowed to select the most important topics to be discussed during ITC2022, and structure the discussion in consequence. Interestingly, some topics proposed by most influential researchers have not attracted the attention of a wider audience. On the one hand, broad discussion about sustainable development and tourism was identified as too general. On the other hand, deliberations on youth tourism and sustainability of air transportation were indicated as too narrow. Unfortunately, we were not able to discuss theoretical and methodological fundamentals of tourism research. Missing submissions related to this topic seem to be worrying. It must be emphasized that lack of discussion about the theoretical foundations of tourism research can lead to a significant deterioration its quality.

Discussions on recovering financial sustainability of tourism as well as experiential tourism were found as most popular. This confirms the strength of growth-oriented paradigm of tourism development. However, an increasing interest in environmental context of tourism (see discussion on climate challenges of tourism), as well as social one (see sessions devoted to the issues of accessible tourism and cultural tourism) is very promising. Thanks to the support of Baltic University Programme, the inspirational discussion on sustainable tourism in Baltic Sea Region was organised.

The special plenary session on sustainable spatial planning of tourism destinations was organised to disseminate the achievements of the Erasmus+ SPOT project. The research was conducted to investigate the spatial planning issues of tourism development in the following types of landscapes: vineyard, mountain, coastal, industrial, and rural. This allowed to identify spatial contexts of various factors deteriorating tourism sustainability, e.g. 1) seasonality of tourism, 2) dominance of supralocal structures over local ones, 3) dominance of neoliberal paradigm of growth in tourism destinations, and 4) leading role of tourism industry in tourism destinations over needs of local communities. Students were involved in the research process. And, as the result, the innovative method of “teaching by researching” was elaborated during the SPOT project, and discussed during ITC2022.

Photos of ITC2022. International Tourism Congress

ITC2022 Organisers:

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Multilanguage online session 4

Chair persons:

  • María Carmen López

Description:

Multilanguage Online Sessions are organised by CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. If any questions, do not hesitate to approach chair persons directly by email: fperdig@ualg.pt or marialopez@estg.ipvc.pt.

Presentations:

  1. Talent management in the tourism and hospitality sector: A review of the literature (Vânia Costa, Andreia Moura, Maria do Rosário Mira, Raquel Pereira, Susana Silva, Goretti Silva) | Portuguese
  2. Wage inequalities in the tourism sector? An approach to the Cávado and Ave in Portugal’s Northern Region (Danielle Pimentel de Oliveira, Vânia Costa) | Spanish
  3. Destination image perception through cultural heritage: The case of Quito (Gabriela Alvarez, José-Luis Jimenez, Paulo Almeida) | Spanish
  4. Destination branding and post-COVID19 territorial-regional tourism development (Giovana Goretti Feijó de Almeida, Paulo Jorge dos Santos Almeida) | Portuguese
  5. Debate

Multilanguage online session 3

Chair persons:

  • Filipa Perdigão

Description:

Multilanguage Online Sessions are organised by CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. If any questions, do not hesitate to approach chair persons directly by email: fperdig@ualg.pt or marialopez@estg.ipvc.pt.

Presentations:

  1. The contributions of creative tourism for regional tourism development (Ana Ferreira, Daniela Carina Ramos Amorim, José Luis Jiménez Caballero) | Portuguese
  2. Why participate in tourist routes? A Brazilian experience (Daniele Rodrigues, Amanda Souza, Ana Claudia Padilha, Erlaine Binotto, João Paulo Jorge, Dores Grechi) | Portuguese
  3. Rail tourism as an enabler of sustainable communities (SDG 11) and the reduction of inequalities (SDG10) (Eunice Duarte, José Carlos Barbosa, João Caldeira Heitor, Eunice Lopes) | Portuguese
  4. Measurement of the tourist experience: Óbidos medieval market event – Portugal (Ricardo Pedras Ribeiro, Maria Pilar Moreno Pacheco, António Sérgio Araújo de Almeida) | Portuguese
  5. Debate

Multilanguage online session 2

Chair persons:

  • María Carmen López

Description:

Multilanguage Online Sessions are organised by CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. If any questions, do not hesitate to approach chair persons directly by email: fperdig@ualg.pt or marialopez@estg.ipvc.pt.

Presentations:

  1. Accessibility, mobility, and seniors’ satisfaction: lessons from a portfolio of events (António Almeida) | Portuguese
  2. Accessible, inclusive and adapted tourism in thermalism: Opportunities and challenges (Adriano Costa, Joaquim Antunes, Gonçalo Fernandes) | Portuguese
  3. Digitalization and innovation in tourism: A comparative study by generations (Diana Menezes, Bruno Sousa, Alexandra Malheiro) | Portuguese
  4. Certification of territorial heritage in olive tourism: A Brazilian case (Thais Simionato, Ana Claudia Padilha, Debora Hoff, Erlaine Binotto, João Paulo Jorge, Dores Grechi) | Portuguese
  5. Debate

16. Internet and communication technologies in tourism studies

Chair persons:

  • Maciej Adamiak | On-site
  • Tomasz Napierała | On-site

Description:

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Presentations:

  1. GIS to support a more successful sustainable tourism indicator system? A theoretical, practical and a comparative analysis (Fiona McKenna, James Hanrahan) | On-site
  2. Visit Portugal during #COVID-19: Crisis communications and destination image repair (Mariana Casal-Ribeiro, Rita Peres, Inês Baovida-Portugal) | Online
  3. Urban cultural heritage in the digital space (Urszula Tłuczkiewicz, Patryk Brambert, Iwona Kiniorska) | Online
  4. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of tourist short-term rental platforms in Polish cities (Karolina Kacprzak, Joanna Kowalczyk-Anioł, Ewa Szafrańska) | On-site
  5. Social media Flickr in tourism research: A content and bibliometric analysis (Márcio Martins, Estela Martins) | On-site
  6. Visitors’ intra-attraction space-time behaviour: A content and bibliometric analysis (Márcio Martins, Isabel Rodrigues, Elsa Esteves) | On-site
  7. Smart web platform for monitoring sustainable tourism (Candida Silva, Bruno Barbosa Sousa, Fernando Perna, Goretti Silva, Susana Lima, Aida Carvalho, Carlos Fernandes, Eugénia Devile, Gorete Dinis, Maria Alexandra Malheiro, Maria João Custódio, Maria López) | On-site

1B. Recovering tourism financial sustainability

Chair persons:

  • Luís Lima Santos | On-site
  • Conceição Gomes | Online

Description:

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Presentations:

  1. The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the activities of tourism information centres. The case of Lithuania (Viktorija Baranauskiene, Gintare Pociute-Sereikiene, Edis Kriauciunas) | Online
  2. Restaurants’ solvency during COVID-19: The Portuguese case (Filipa Campos, Cátia Malheiros, Conceição Gomes, Luís Lima Santos) | Online
  3. Pricing in the restaurant industry: A bibliometric analysis (Cátia Malheiros, Filipa Campos, Conceição Gomes, Luís Lima Santos) | On-site
  4. The acceptance of active tourism companies to the introduction of an ecological tax in a nature tourism destination (Jorge Soares) | Online
  5. Lifestyle migrant entrepreneurism and the sustainable development of tourism and rural areas in the Algarve (Kate Torkington, Filipa Perdigão Ribeiro, Sandra Rebelo, Susana Conceição) | Online
  6. Sustainable tourism: A literature review (Isabel Loureiro, Vânia Costa, Alexandra Malheiro) | Online

6. Tourism and outdoor sports recreation

Chair persons:

  • Fernando Perna | On-site

Description:

Visit ITC2022 sessions. This session will NOT be available online.

Presentations:

  1. Contemporary problems and directions of development of ski resorts in Poland in the context of the idea of sustainable development (Kinga Krzesiwo) | On-site
  2. Overtourism and sustainability in Polish tourist areas: Causes – characteristics – social resonance (Piotr Majdak) | On-site
  3. Visiting destinations through motivation to participate in sport events: Post-pandemic changes and impacts on destination image (Fernando Perna, Maria João Custódio, Elsa Pereira) | On-site
  4. Environmentally friendly behaviors of bicycle tourists (Levent Soyalp) | On-site
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