Programme of ITC2022. International Tourism Congress

See the programme of ITC2022. International Tourism Congress ‘Tourism – Going Back/Forward to Sustainability’. If needed, you can download the programme as a PDF file. Mind that all hours are in Central European Time (CET). If interested in details of the presentations proposed, see the book of abstracts.

International Tourism Congress 2022 is organized by the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, University of Lodz (Poland) in cooperation with CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. ITC2022 is also final event disseminating achievements of the SPOT project. ITC2022 will be held on November, (16)17-19 2022 in Lodz, the city located in the very heart of Poland. Participants of ITC2022 will be hosted in the Training and Conference Center of the University of Lodz (Kopcinskiego 16/18 Street, Lodz), and the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, at University of Lodz (Kopcinskiego 31 Street, Lodz).

The programme of ITC2022 refers to sustainability of tourism in general. We are going to discuss geographical, social, environmental, economic, political, and managerial contexts of sustainable tourism. The notion of tourism sustainability will be related to the concepts like quality of life, ecosystem services and resilience of ecosystem functions, development and economic growth, social and spatial justice as well as territorial cohesion, and – last but not least – coopetition and tourist packaging.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Day 0

Mind that all hours are in Central European Time (CET).

Liszewski Hall

Straszewicz Hall

N105 Room

Front room

Mirror Room

T&C Centre

Thursday, November 17, 2022, Day 1

Mind that all hours are in Central European Time (CET).

Friday, November 18, 2022, Day 2

Mind that all hours are in Central European Time (CET).

Saturday, November 19, 2022, Day 3

On-site participants of ITC2022 are invited to join the trip to the Polish case study area of the SPOT Project. We are going to discuss the following topic in the field: Evolutionary changes of tourism in industrial area in transition – Challenges of introducing European Green Deal in Bełchatów industrial district. On Thursday, November 17, 2022, you will have a chance to listen about the case in during the SPOT special session. On Saturday, November 19, 2022, you will be able to experience it for yourself. The trip is organised by the Polish team of SPOT project and REGIO. Enjoy!

TimePlaceActivity
09:00 – 10:30Łódź – BełchatówBus transfer: Bus arrives from T&C Centre
10:30 – 11:30BełchatówCity witnessing radical industrialization: sightseeing
11:30 – 12:00Bełchatów – RudziskoBus transfer
12:00 – 13:30RudziskoLooking for local identity: Meeting with members of Pilsian Tribe Association; Lunch
13:30 – 14:00Rudzisko – ŻłobnicaBus transfer
14:00 – 14:30ŻłobnicaBełchatów energy complex: from radical industrialization to just transition
14:30 – 15:00Żłobnica – Kleszczów (Solpark) – Kamieńska MountainBus transfer
15:00 – 15:30Kamieńska MountainNew tourism infrastructure of Bełchatów industrial district
15:30 – 17:00Kamieńska Mountain – ŁódźBus transfer

Łódź: The city of ITC2022

General info about Łódź: the city of ITC2022

Łódź is the second largest city in Poland area-wise (293.2 m2) and the third largest population-wise (694 990). It is situated in the very centre of the country, just 120 km away from the capital. The location at the crossing point of two main communication routes in Poland makes it a very important spot on the logistic map of Poland.

The city was established in 1423 however, its true development started in 1821 when the central government decided to create a textile settlement in the city. The following years saw the arrival of specialists and workers from all over Europe. The city developed rapidly as new production plants and large industrial plants opened. In the years 1821-1939, the population grew 67 100% (only Chicago was developing at a quicker pace at that time!). This is how Łódź became one of the most important textile centres not only in Europe, but in the entire world.

The current economy of Łódź is based on the service sector. The largest international companies are opening their branches here. Łódź is also a centre of creative industries attracting a growing number of people from different sectors, such as IT, commerce, real estate, and sustainable development. The city is also an important cultural centre with 26 museums and 16 theatres. Łódź is also one of the most important academic centres in Poland boasting 28 higher education institutions with more than 70 thousand students.

Despite its dynamic growth and constant changes, Łódź does not forget its roots in the 19th century textile industry. Old factories located in the city centre are not being demolished, but converted into service centres and tourist attractions. Historical pre-war tenement houses are being restored in order to preserve the original 19th century city layout.

Transport information

Łódź is located in the heart of New Europe. Thanks to its central location the city is in fact served by two international airports: the local Lodz Central Poland Airport (LCJ) has regular flights to 6 European cities: London-Stansted (STN), East Midlands (EMA), Dublin (DUB), Brussels-Charleroi (CRL), Milan-Bergamo (BGY) and Alicante (ALC). You can get to the city centre from the airport by bus number 65B (25 minutes), or by taxi (15 minutes).

The main international airport near the city is the Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) with almost 200 flight connections from all over the world. The airport is situated 120 km from the city. You can get to the city from Warsaw Chopin Airport directly by Flixbus (2 hrs) or by train with one change in Warsaw (2,5 hrs).

Łódź has quite good developed public transportation system with buses and trams. The local carrier MPK Łódź provides an online directions search. You can buy a special tourist ticket for 3 days. The ticket is available in Tourist Information at 28 Piotrkowska Street and in chosen hotels. There are also several taxi companies operating in the city such as: 400.pl, 800300200.pl or green-cab.pl. Navigation through the city is easier with Google Maps or JakDojade app.

Hotels

See the list of hotels offering discounted room rates to ITC2022 participants. When booking, be sure to mention that you are a participant of the “International Tourism Congress”.

Hampton by Hilton Łódź:

  • 370 PLN / night – SGL room with breakfast included
  • 425 PLN / night – DBL/TWIN rooms with breakfasts included
  • contact: sebastian.michniewski@hbhlodz.com

Hotel Novotel Łódź Centrum:

  • 350 PLN / night – SGL room with breakfast included
  • 390 PLN / night – DBL/TWIN rooms with breakfasts included
  • contact: h7830@accor.com

Vienna House Andel’s Łódź:

  • 15% discount
  • contact: reservation.andels-lodz@viennahouse.com

The Loom Hotel:

  • 20% discount
  • contact: recepcja@loom.com.pl

Hotel Puro Łódź:

  • 20% discount
  • contact: lodz@purohotel.pl

Tourist attractions in Łódź

Piotrkowska Street – one of the most renowned streets in the country and also the longest Polish promenade forms a symbol of the city. It is a pedestrian zone surrounded by tenement houses and palaces from 19th century that house local shops, restaurants, cafés, restaurant yards, pubs, and music clubs. Piotrkowska pulsates with life all year round.

Manufaktura – One of the biggest Polish shopping and entertainment centre filled with restaurants, shops and cultural institutions. Back in 19th century it was a huge textile factory complex with its own fire station and power plant. After restoration in 2006 this extremely successful combination of history and modernity has been granted awards on numerous occasions.

EC1 Łódź – City of Culture – constructed in 1906 former power station converted into a modern Centre for Science and Technology. Apart from exhibitions such as “how the electric energy is made” the Centre also houses one of the most advanced planetariums in Central Europe. EC1 is an open space for artists of various fields, adapted for individual creative work, workshops, and group events. It is a home to the National Center for Film Culture, Łódź Film Commission, and Center for Comics and Interactive Narrative.

Księży Młyn – Former factory-residential complex from 19th century. Back in the days it was a self-sufficient city inside a city. It included factory buildings, together with a huge castle-like cotton mill, warehouses, workers’ houses, school, fire station etc. Nowadays, it forms more intimate district in which you can find local cafes and bars.

Central Museum of Textiles – It is located in so called “White Factory” and has the largest collections of artistic fabrics and weaves as well as outfits used in the 19th and 20th century. In the back part of the museum, there is an Open-Air Museum of Lodz Wooden Architecture with the typical 19th century houses.

Piotrkowska 217 – Not so long ago it was an empty yard, now it’s a place where gastronomy, culture, entertainment and art live together and express themselves during events such as exhibitions, workshops, concerts and festivals.

OFF Piotrkowska – Former factory now turned into local restaurants, design and creative industry complex. It is located at the very central part of the city next to main street – Piotrkowska.

Museum of Łódź – The museum is located in the magnificent mansion from 19th century. Apart from the exhibition of its interiors from the turn of the 19th and 20th century and the exhibition chronicling the history of the industrial Lodz, a number of rooms have been dedicated to artists related to the city and those who were meritorious to the city’s inhabitants.

Film Museum – the museum helps visitors get familiar with old film equipment and objects related to the film industry. It is located in the 19th century palace, next to the famous Lodz Film School campus.

Museum of Art MS1 & MS2 – The collection displayed at the Museum of Art is primarily focused on the art of the 20th century. It is an exceptional collection as it was created by the artists themselves when they donated their works to the museum.

Street Art – The walls of over 170 buildings in the centre of Lodz are covered with huge paintings – so called murals. They makes Łódź the largest urban street art gallery in Poland. The city is also filled with street art installations. The most impressive ones are: “Birth of the Day” at Więckowskiego 4 and “Rose Passage” at Piotrkowska 3 where all the walls of a backyard have been covered with the countless pieces of broken mirrors that form hundreds of rose-shaped patterns. At Piotrkowska 165 you can also find a monument of a unicorn – the brand new symbol of Łódź.

Committees of ITC2022. International Tourism Congress

See the Committees of ITC2022. International Tourism Congress. Meet the people responsible for organisation of ITC2022. Members of CiTUR ITC Board were elected in accordance with an amendment to the CiTUR Regulation of December 13, 2021.

Organising Committee of ITC2022:

  • Katarzyna LEŚNIEWSKA-NAPIERAŁA (University of Lodz), Poland – Chairperson, President of the Organising Committee
  • Tomasz NAPIERAŁA (University of Lodz), Poland – Co-Chairperson, Secretary General of the ITC2022 Scientific Board
  • Eugénia DEVILE (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra), Portugal – Co-Chairperson
  • Catarina Antónia MARTINS (Polytechnic Institute of Braganca), Portugal – Co-Chairperson
  • Hubert BUGAJ (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Agnieszka KOWALCZUK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Tomasz MIKOŁAJCZYK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Tomasz MINKIEWICZ (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Aleksandra MROCZEK-ŻULICKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Marta NALEJ (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Patryk OŻADOWICZ (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Iwona PIELESIAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Sławoj TANAŚ (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Joanna ULAŃSKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Bogdan WŁODARCZYK (University of Lodz), Poland

Reception Desk and Registration of ITC2022:

  • Judyta BARAŃSKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Weronika BECHCIŃSKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Krzysztof BORKOWSKI (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Julia GRZELAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Agata JUSZCZAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Julia LESSMAN (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Hanna MAREK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Marek MISIAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Joanna PAPRZYCKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Magda ROSIAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Joanna SOSNOWSKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Karol WOLIŃSKI (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Grzegorz WOŁK (University of Lodz), Poland

CiTUR ITC Board:

  • Vitor AMBRÓSIO (Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo do Estoril), Portugal
  • Eddy CASTILLO (Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas), Portugal
  • Maria Eugénia DEVILLE (Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra), Portugal
  • João Paulo JORGE (Politécnico de Leiria), Portugal
  • Catarina MARTINS (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança), Portugal
  • Filipa PERDIGÃO (Universidade do Algarve), Portugal
  • Susana TELES (Universidade da Madeira), Portugal

Scientific Board of ITC2022

International Tourism Congress ITC2022: Registration

Registration to International Tourism Congress ITC2022 is open:

  • till November 13, 2022 – registration to special session of SPOT project only
  • till October 15, 2022,
  • early bird – September 15 25, 2022.

We welcome all researchers, PhD candidates and students interested in geographical, social, environmental, economic, political, and managerial contexts of sustainable tourism. Join our discussion! Join the International Tourism Congress ITC2022! The main theme of ITC2022 is: “Tourism – Going Back/Forward to Sustainability”.

Mind that during ITC2022 you can present results of your recent studies on various issues and problems of tourism. When registering to the ITC2022, please consider submitting an abstract of your presentation. For more details go to Call for Abstracts.

Registration to International Tourism Congress ITC2022 is open till October 15, 2022, and for early birds – till September 15, 2022. Your registration form will be revised. Then, you will receive the payment request with all details your accounting department might need when sending a bank transfer.

We proudly announce that the Baltic University Programme decided to support the International Tourism Congress ITC2022. BUP offers 20 scholarships to cover costs of congress fee for researchers, PhD candidates and students who 1) are affiliated to BUP participating universities, 2) want to participate in ITC2022 onsite in Lodz, and 3) submitted an abstract of oral presentation or poster. Application for a scholarship is included in a registration form.

How to register? Just fill the form below!

Keynote Speakers of International Tourism Congress ITC2022

Levent Altinay

is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Oxford Brookes Business School. Professor Altinay is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Service Industries Journal. A researcher of international renown, Altinay enjoys a vast network of international collaborative partnerships with organisations and policy makers in the UK, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Cyprus.

Altinay was a member of the Business & Economics Panel in Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014 and 2020 in Hong Kong. He was also a member of the Research Excellence Framework Panel Member, 2021 in the UK. He sits on the editorial boards of more than twelve journals including Journal of Business Research, Journal of Services Marketing, Tourism Management, and International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. Altinay has a strong record of attracting blue chip external funding, including funding from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), Newton, British Council and the British Academy. Altinay has co-authored strategic management, entrepreneurship and research methods textbooks.

Altinay’s research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategic alliances and international business. Using primarily qualitative methods as well as mixed methods, he is particularly interested in how entrepreneurs start up and develop their businesses and also how firms establish partnerships internationally. His work has been published in Journal of Business Research, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Services Marketing, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Travel Research, Annals of Tourism Research and Tourism Management.

Katarzyna Czernek-Marszałek

is an associate professor, the head of the Department of Management Theory at the University of Economics in Katowice in Poland. She specializes in inter-organizational relationships, in particular cooperation and coopetition. Her research focuses on issues related to the tourism sector. An important element of her scientific interests is also the methodology of qualitative research and the use of Social Network Analysis in empirical research.

She is the author of about 90 scientific publications, including two her own monographs and several papers published in highly ranked journals indexed on the Academic Journal Guide (AJG) 2021 list (e.g. Tourism Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Travel Research, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, and Current Issues in Tourism). Winner of national and international awards for scientific work, including award of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union for a doctoral thesis defended in 2010, a scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for outstanding young scientists (2016 edition) and the Award of the Minister of Education and Science for significant achievements in scientific activity (2022 edition).

Since May 2021, she has been an associate editor in the journal Annals of Tourism Research. She is the head and member of Polish and international research teams, as well as a member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), the Polish Economic Society and the research community CENA – Coopetition, Ecosystems, Networks and Alliances.

Tomasz Koralewski

is a CEO of the Łódź Tourism Organization. For 25 years he has been professionally involved in tourism. He started out as a tour guide cooperating with Polish tour operators. A short period of work with the Polish Chamber of Tourism in Łódź opened the possibility of participating in the creation and development of the Regional Tourism Organization of the Łódź Region (since 2003), in which he went through the career ladder from an apprentice to a deputy director of the office. He managed the group of responsible employees for all parts of the business – publications, tourist information, fairs & events, marketing campaigns, internet & public relations, trainings and member’s relations. He created and implemented a plan for the development of tourism in Łódź Region in cooperation with regional and local governments, associations and companies related to tourism. He also coordinated several large training projects for tourism industry co-financed from EU funds.

After leaving Regional Tourism Organization in 2015, he founded his own company operating in the field of events and tourism marketing. From the end of 2016, he coordinated the creation of the Łódź Tourism Organization as a local DMO. From April 2017, as the CEO, he coordinates its work up till now. In 5 years he built a strong local tourist organization associating 100 most important business and local government partners in the city, employing over 30 people and operating in all areas of the city’s tourism management. It also cooperates with other cities in Poland, ​​creating metropolitan strategies for the tourism development.

A graduate of history at the University of Lodz.

Pedro Machado

is since 2018 the President of the Regional Tourism Entity Centro de Portugal, public entity that has the promotion, valorisation and development of tourist potential mission in the Centro Region of Portugal, and the President of Regional Agency for External Tourism Promotion of Centro de Portugal.

The Centro de Portugal region is recognized with several quality awards, such as the “Gold Award, Best National Tourism Board / DMO Campaign” by the International Travel & Tourism Awards – World Travel Market, “Best Regional Tourism Entity” by AHRESP, and “Best National Tourism Region” by Publituris.

Pedro Machado holds a bachelor in Philosophy, a master degree in Educational Sciences, Specialization – Educational Psychology, and currently attends doctoral studies in Food Heritage: Cultures and Identities, by University of Coimbra. He is a member of advisory councils of several public and private institutions of higher education, as well as invited external personality of departments and of technical and scientific councils.

Partner Journals of International Tourism Congress ITC2022

The organizers of the International Tourism Congress ITC2022 cooperate with various scientific journals which welcome a discussion on sustainable tourism. We invite all ITC2022 participants to consider submitting full papers presenting achievements discussed during the congress to our partner journals.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank

Czasopismo Geograficzne | Geographical Journal

is a periodical issued since 1923. Its publisher is one of the oldest scientific societies in Poland – Polish Geographical Society. Since March 2021 the headquarters of the Editorial Office of Czasopismo Geograficzne has been the Faculty of Human Geography and Planning of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Czasopismo Geograficzne is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary scientific open-access journal, currently published biannually. It welcomes studies from the following disciplines: socio-economic geography and spatial management, and Earth and environmental sciences.

The Editorial Board accepts also scientific articles in the field of: architecture and urban planning, environmental engineering, mining and power engineering if they correspond to the thematic lines of the journal and take into account the spatial aspect. What is particularly desirable are original theoretical or conceptual articles as well as empirical and experimental studies. However, they need to be deeply rooted in the source literature. Narrow, contributory local studies, based on standard methodology which show basic data do not fit the current agenda of the periodical and will not be eligible for print, even if they are factually correct.

Articles in Czasopismo Geograficzne are published in the Polish or English language. The journal is published in a compact form, printed and virtual (on-line). The issues of Czasopismo Geograficzne are stored in 15 libraries in Poland, including the National Library. The published studies are filed and make available on the Czasopismo Geograficzne website under the licence CC.

Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank

European Spatial Research and Policy (ESR&P)

is an international review concerned with the problems of social and economic space organisation at a local, regional and supranational level. The journal comprising both theoretical and empirical aspects of spatial analyses is aimed at academics, policy-makers and practitioners interested in a broad range of spatial development in contemporary Europe. The scope of the journal is defined by the concepts of space, environment, society and economy rather than by names of specific disciplines. Its main areas of interest include i.a. regional policy, spatial planning, European integration processes, locational studies, labour market developments, foreign investments, environmental problems, and other crucial issues influencing the shape of contemporary and future European space. Contributions prepared by geographers and regional scientists, as well as economists, planners, architects, sociologists and historians who undertake spatial research within their respective disciplines reflect the interdisciplinary character of the review.

European Spatial Research and Policy is published annually as one volume consisting of two issues and includes refereed articles, notes, commentaries, reports and book reviews. The journal, being itself a result of close academic links of scholars and universities representing different countries, is an important forum for international exchange of information and opinions in the field of spatial studies.

Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website.

European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation

is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research. The journal focuses on current issues in tourism, hospitality, food service, transportation and leisure, including best practices and case studies.

EJTHR’s strategy follows a multidisciplinary approach with emphasis on the following topics: tourism economics and management; tourism, hospitality and restaurants; e-Tourism; geography of tourism and tourism destinations; planning and management of tourist products and recreation; and tourism, culture, society and language.

The European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation accepts original articles written in English. Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website.

Folia Turistica

is a free open access academic journal which has been published by the University of Physical Education in Krakow since 1990. Thus, it is one of the best-established journals in Poland that deal with research on tourism and its accompanying socioeconomic phenomena.

Folia Turistica publishes articles from the fields of humanities and social sciences, including cultural anthropology, philosophy, psychology and sociology, history, geography, as well as law and economics, management, and marketing. The Journal is also open to interdisciplinary papers, the theses of which address tourism by combining multiple fields and academic disciplines, enumerated above. Folia Turistica publishes first and foremost papers that report on the results of empirical research. However, it also presents especially valuable original review papers.

According to the latest Statement of the Minister of Education and Science from December 1, 2021 on the list of scientific journals and reviewed materials from international conferences, “Folia Turistica” journal has obtained 40 points as part of the parametric evaluation of scientific publications. “Folia Turistica” is indexed in the following databases: EBSCO, ERIH Plus, MIAR, Index Copernicus International, Google Scholar, International Center for Research and Study on Tourism (CIRET), CEON, ARIANTA, BazEkon, and “Baza Komputerowa SPORT”.

Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website.

Geography and Tourism (G&T)

is an multidysciplinary scientific journal aimed at presenting the results of theoretical and empirical research in geographic sciences and tourism. We have been on the list of scientific journals of the Ministry of Education and Science since 2019.

It offers a deep insight into the geographic environment and seeks to determine the relationships between its various components. It is meant to help define the roles of individual elements in view of balanced social and economic development. The issues touched upon in the journal are believed to be of great importance to contemporary tourism, which explores the natural and cultural potential of the environment, bearing in mind the current level of social and economic development. Our journal has been assigned to such scientific disciplines as: Earth and related environmental sciences; social and economic geography and spatial management; physical culture science.

Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website or on the Kazimierz Wielki University journal platform.

Journal of Tourism Intelligence and Smartness

is a double-blind peer review, independent and objective, unbiased, open access, (May-September-December) online scientific publication. The journal seeks articles related to the intelligence and smartness research about tourism. The journal does not charge any article fee during the submission, evaluation, and publication process.

There is not an open access publication fee for authors. The journal has been published regularly for 5 years on the “Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey” journal system. The journal is indexed in Index Copernicus International, EuroPub, Root Indexing, ResearchBib, Directory of Research Journals Indexing, Scientific Indexing Services, Bilgindex, Asos Index, Eurasian Scientific Journal Index, and Turkey Tourism Index.

The Journal Editorial Board acts in accordance with the principles and guidelines of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). The journal conforms to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank

Polish Journal of Sport and Tourism

is published quarterly since 2008 by Jozef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw, Faculty of Physical Education and Health in Biała Podlaska. It publishes manuscripts in English encompassing various fields of medical and natural sciences linked with sport, physical education, sports medicine as well as tourism and physical recreation. It is characterized by high standard of contents and good publishing quality available in both forms, electronic and printed. Articles are subjected to fair and constructive peer review by experts in the field from Poland and abroad.

Journal is indexed in international abstracting databases and evaluated i.a. by Polish Ministry of Education and Science, Scopus and Scimago Journal & Country Rank. Articles are published in Open Access model on Sciendo platform.

Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website.

Studia Periegetica

is an interdisciplinary journal, in which articles are published following the highest standards of publication ethics, using the double-blind peer review process, with each submission reviewed by at least two reviewers (selected by the editor depending on the field of expertise) and published under an open-access license. “Studia Periegetica” publishes empirical and theoretical articles that make a relevant contribution to the development of theoretical knowledge and methodology in the field of tourism, recreation and sustainable development.

Benefits for authors: articles available in the Open Access formula, no fees for the publishing, free proofreading service, and fast publishing process. The journal is indexed in the following databases: ERIH Plus, EBSCO, Bilgindex, Crossref, Google Scholar, DOAJ, Index Copernicus, BazEkon, PBN, POL-Index.

Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website.

Turyzm | Tourism

is the oldest Polish scientific journal devoted to tourism. It has been published by the Institute of Urban Geography, Tourism Studies, and Geoinformation, University of Lodz since 1985. Over the past 35 years, it has come a long way: from a pioneering academic journal, where the results of the first tourism research were published still in a socialist Poland (the 1980s), through to one of the leading national journals documenting the transformations in tourism in the period of political and economic transformation (the 1990s, early 21st century), and since 2016 to a dynamic international title, aspiring to transfer the latest knowledge about tourism between Poland and the world. The journal is indexed in nearly 40 scientific databases, including Scopus (Cite Score 2021 – 0.5), DOAJ, ERIH+, CEJSH.

Turyzm | Tourism is one of the few publications in Poland intended for researchers representing a variety of disciplines and dealing with tourism issues, first of all for geographers, economists, sociologists and representatives of social sciences. The journal mostly presents the findings of the latest empirical studies on contemporary phenomena regarding a wide range of tourism, hospitality industry and recreation issues, including their local specificity and local context. The journal accepts only texts which have not been published anywhere before: theoretical, research, review papers and scientific notes, containing partial findings of original empirical research, as well as reviews, reports and contributions to debates.

Detailed information on the publication process is available on the journal’s website.

International Tourism Congress ITC2022: Call for Abstracts

ITC2022 call for abstracts is open till 15th 25th September 2022.

The only accepted way to submit the abstract is to use the online system dedicated for that purpose: https://czasopisma.uni.lodz.pl/itc/index. Do not send us abstracts by email!

Each abstract should be prepared in English according to the requirements described on the website of the online submission system: https://czasopisma.uni.lodz.pl/itc/author_info.

All submissions will be reviewed by the members of the Scientific Board.

The main theme of ITC2022 is: “Tourism – Going Back/Forward to Sustainability”. We will discuss geographical, social, environmental, economic, political, and managerial contexts of sustainable tourism. Feel invited to participate in the discussion, feel invited to ITC2022!

When submitting an abstract of your presentation, consider one of the already accepted sessions. Our intention is to make our discussion structured and understandable to a wider audience.

The general discussion on the sustainability of tourism is expected during ITC2022. We must address the challenges of tourism resulting from contemporary environmental issues, mainly climate change and the loss of geo- and biodiversity. We expect presentations referring to both, current and future climate conditions. On the other hand, focusing on local communities is also a must. We expect a discussion on the participation of the local communities in the tourism and hospitality industry not only to aim for the local economy, but to contribute to a society holistically. From this perspective, development of tourism in rural areas is crucial. We suggest exploring and comparing how tourism in rural areas might contribute to an impact on the sustainable development of rural spaces, including remote, sparsely populated, and less-favoured areas.

Due to the location hosting the ITC2022, our particular interests are in the Baltic Sea Region. We invite discussion on recent challenges of sustainable tourism in the Baltic Sea Region, aiming for an evolutionary approach with particular focus on environmental, economic, social, and political issues of tourism development.

Recovery of tourism from any crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic, must address sustainability. We propose the discussion on scenarios of economic and financial recovery of tourism businesses. This is to face the recent loss of liquidity of tourism enterprises and to target sustainability as a response to future crises. From that perspective, a substantial need to stimulate and design new policies reshaping the air transportation industry is expected. We propose the discussion on changes made to aviation policy and impacts on the evolution of tourism, either adversely or beneficially.

We would like to focus on the development and research of promising types of tourism in terms of sustainable development. Feel invited to present your scientific achievements related to literary tourism and film-induced tourism products and experiences that promote sustainable development of destinations. Moreover, we would like to discuss how the practice of sport activities in nature can constitute a means of fulfilling the desire to travel and recreation associated with memorable and authentic experiences, but also the need to protect nature. We believe that sustainable tourism must be adapted to the needs of all people with disabilities or not. Thus, we propose the discussion on accessible tourism.

We understand that niche tourism has the potential to contribute to sustainable development. We see that tourism resources produce niche tourism products developed in a sustainable approach to benefit local communities. From ecotourism, to nature-based tourism, to community-based tourism to olive oil tourism, to vine-tourism to astro-tourism there are many examples on how niche markets can put sustainability in practice. We also see room for the discussion on a new approach to cultural tourism that promotes the development of disadvantaged areas. We would like to exchange experience on the role of cultural tourism in creating place-based identities and how these link to broader processes of regional, national, and multinational cultures.

Young generations are considered an important stakeholder in sustainable development. Discussion on youth tourism is mandatory, as youth has the power to change the world. But it is important to involve young people in discussions and actions related to the future of tourism. We invite contributions and different perspectives that focus on the trends and challenges of human and social capital needed for sustainable development of the tourism sector. We also expect a broad discussion on tourism education at all levels. All types of jobs in the tourism industry require qualifications and training that can equip current and future employees with adaptable, agile, and resilient skills requested in a world of uncertainty.

Finally, ITC2022 targets the idea of excellence in tourism research. Thus, we propose discussion on ontological, epistemological, and methodological foundations of tourism research. The discussion of methods should consider the rapid development of information and communication technologies, mobile technologies, and geographic information systems. We see that both internetization and technological development result in unprecedented possibilities for conducting more precise and comprehensive research on tourist phenomena.

Scientific Board of ITC2022. International Tourism Congress

See the list of researchers who accepted our invitation to join the Scientific Board of ITC2022 International Tourism Congress. The main responsibility of members of the ITC2022 Scientific Board is to review abstracts submitted to the Congress. All members’ activities are coordinated by Tomasz NAPIERAŁA (University of Lodz), Secretary General of the ITC2022 Scientific Board.

Surname: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, Z

A

  • Nuno ABRANJA (Instituto Superior de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo), Portugal
  • Maciej ADAMIAK (ReasonField Lab), Poland
  • Czesław ADAMIAK (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun), Poland
  • Paulo ALMEIDA (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Nuno ALMEIDA (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • António ALMEIDA (University of Madeira), Portugal
  • Levent ALTINAY (Oxford Brookes University), United Kingdom
  • Vitor AMBRÓSIO (Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies), Portugal
  • Mário Passos ASCENÇÃO (Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences), Finland
  • Vanessa ASSUMMA (Politecnico di Torino, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning), Italy

B

  • Mehmet BAHAR (Cappadocia University), Turkey
  • Rita BALEIRO (University of Algarve), Portugal
  • Bruno BARBOSA SOUSA (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave; CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Agata BASIŃSKA-ZYCH (WSB University in Poznan), Poland
  • Jarema BATORSKI (Jagiellonian University), Poland
  • Marlena A. BEDNARSKA (Poznan University of Economics and Business), Poland
  • Mirosław BEŁEJ (University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn), Poland
  • Jadwiga BERBEKA (Cracow University of Economics), Poland
  • Krzysztof BĘDKOWSKI (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Mirosław BICZKOWSKI (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun), Poland
  • Mikołaj BIELAŃSKI (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • Elżbieta BILSKA-WODECKA (Jagiellonian University), Poland
  • Sevda BIRDIR (Mersin University), Turkey
  • Kemal BIRDIR (Mersin University), Turkey
  • Krzysztof BŁAŻEJCZYK (Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences), Poland
  • Sara BONINI BARALDI (University of Turin, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning), Italy
  • Bartosz BOŃCZAK (New York University, Marron Institute of Urban Management), United States
  • Krzysztof Paweł BORKOWSKI (The University College of Tourism and Ecology), Poland
  • Krzysztof BORODAKO (Cracow University of Economics), Poland
  • Jacek BORZYSZKOWSKI (WSB University in Gdansk), Poland
  • Patryk BRAMBERT (Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce), Poland
  • Leszek BUTOWSKI (University of Lodz), Poland

C

  • Maria De Lurdes CALISTO (CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Luís CARVALHINHO (CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Eddy Antonio CASTILLO MONTESDEOCA (University of the Armed Forces ESPE), Ecuador
  • Krzysztof CELUCH (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun), Poland
  • Mariusz CEMBRUCH-NOWAKOWSKI (Pedagogical University of Krakow), Poland
  • Burçin Cevdet ÇETINSÖZ (Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University ), Turkey
  • Yash CHAWLA (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology), Poland
  • Dagmara CHYLIŃSKA (University of Wroclaw), Poland
  • Maria Teresa COSTA (CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation; Polytechnic Institute of Setubal), Portugal
  • Cláudia S. COSTA (Polytechnic Institute of Braganca), Portugal
  • Vânia COSTA (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave; CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Adriano COSTA (Polytechnic Institute of Guarda), Portugal
  • Giancarlo COTELLA (Politecnico di Torino, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning), Italy
  • Waldemar CUDNY (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Konrad CZAPIEWSKI (Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences), Poland
  • Katarzyna CZERNEK-MARSZAŁEK (University of Economics in Katowice), Poland

D

  • Marta DEREK (University of Warsaw), Poland
  • Eugénia DEVILE (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra), Portugal
  • Francisco DIAS (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Anna DŁUŻEWSKA (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University), Poland
  • Iwona DOMINEK (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • Daniela DUMBRAVEANU (University of Bucharest), Romania
  • Ewa DZIEDZIC (SGH Warsaw School of Economics), Poland

E

  • Anabela ELIAS-ALMEIDA (Polytechnic of Leiria; CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Elsa ESTEVES (Polytechnic Institute of Braganca), Portugal

F

  • Robert FARACIK (Pedagogical University of Krakow), Poland
  • Wojciech FEDYK (Wroclaw University of Health and Sport Sciences), Poland
  • Gonçalo FERNANDES (Polytechnic Institute of Guarda; CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Maria João FERREIRA CUSTÓDIO (University of Algarve), Portugal
  • Júlia FRAGOSO DA FONSECA (CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation; Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Mara FRANCO (University of Madeira; CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal

G

  • Agnieszka GAWLIK (WSB University in Wroclaw), Poland
  • Zivile GEDMINAITE-RAUDONE (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences), Lithuania
  • Beata GIERCZAK-KORZENIOWSKA (University of Rzeszow), Poland
  • Grzegorz GODLEWSKI (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), Poland
  • Conceição GOMES (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Susana Filipa GONÇALVES (Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies), Portugal
  • Sylwia GRAJA-ZWOLIŃSKA (Poznan University of Life Sciences), Poland
  • Aleksandra GROBELNA (Gdynia Maritime University), Poland
  • Werner GRONAU (University of Applied Sciences Stralsund), Germany
  • Piotr GRYSZEL (Wroclaw University of Economics and Business), Poland
  • Maria Manuela GUERRA (Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies), Portugal

J

  • Krzysztof JANC (University of Wroclaw), Poland
  • Grzegorz JANKOWSKI (Katowice Business University), Poland
  • Marcin JASKULSKI (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Iwona JAŻDŻEWSKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Maciej JĘDRUSIK (University of Warsaw), Poland
  • Miłosz JODŁOWSKI (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • João Paulo JORGE (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Iwona JÓZEFOWICZ (Kazimierz Wielki University), Poland

K

  • Sylwia KACZMAREK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Jacek KACZMAREK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Iwona KINIORSKA (Jan Kochanowski University of Kielce), Poland
  • Halina KIRYLUK (Bialystok University of Technology), Poland
  • Joanna KIZIELEWICZ (Gdynia Maritime University), Poland
  • Piotr KOCISZEWSKI (University of Warsaw), Poland
  • Sebastian KOPERA (Jagiellonian University), Poland
  • Karolina KORBIEL (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • Antoni KOROWICKI (University of Gdansk), Poland
  • Kinga KOSTRAKIEWICZ-GIERAŁT (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • Szczepan KOŚCIÓŁEK (Jagiellonian University), Poland
  • Andrzej KOWALCZYK (University of Warsaw), Poland
  • Joanna KOWALCZYK-ANIOŁ (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Małgorzata KRYCZKA (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • Zygmunt KRUCZEK (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • Magdalena KUBAL-CZERWIŃSKA (Jagiellonian University), Poland
  • Magdalena KUGIEJKO (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), Poland
  • Grzegorz KWIATKOWSKI (Koszalin University of Technology), Poland

L

  • Rita LANKAUSKIENĖ (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences), Lithuania
  • Natalia LATUSZEK (Poznan University of Economics and Business), Poland
  • Łukasz LECHOWSKI (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Katarzyna LEŚNIEWSKA-NAPIERAŁA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Tolga LEVENT (Mersin University), Turkey
  • Dália Filipa LIBERATO (Polytechnic Institute of Porto), Portugal
  • Pedro LIBERATO (Polytechnic Institute of Porto), Portugal
  • Luís LIMA SANTOS (CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation; Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Luisa LOPES (Polytechnic Institute of Braganca), Portugal
  • Adrian LUBOWIECKI-VIKUK (SGH Warsaw School of Economics), Poland

M

  • Piotr MAJDAK (Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw), Poland
  • Justyna MAJEWSKA (Poznan University of Economics and Business), Poland
  • Marzena MAKOWSKA-ISKIERKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Ewa MALCHROWICZ-MOŚKO (Poznan University of Physical Education), Poland
  • Cátia MALHEIROS (Polytechnic of Leiria; CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Szymon MARCINCZAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • António José MARQUES DA SILVA (University of Madeira), Portugal
  • Eva MARTIN-FUENTES (University of Lleida), Spain
  • Paula MARTINS (University of Algarve), Portugal
  • Catarina Antónia MARTINS (Polytechnic Institute of Braganca), Portugal
  • José Alexandre MARTINS (Polytechnic Institute of Guarda), Portugal
  • Márcio MARTINS (Polytechnic Institute of Braganca), Portugal
  • Andrzej MATCZAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Marcin MAZUR (Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences), Poland
  • Ricardo MELO (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra), Portugal
  • Alexandra Sofia MENDES (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Beata MEYER (University of Szczecin), Poland
  • Izabela MICHALSKA-DUDEK (Wroclaw University of Economics and Business), Poland
  • Iwona MIEDZIŃSKA (University of Zielona Gora), Poland
  • Maria Do Rosário MIRA (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra; CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Justyna MOKRAS-GRABOWSKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Andreia MOURA (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra; CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation), Portugal
  • Franciszek MRÓZ (Pedagogical University of Krakow), Poland
  • Agnieszka MUSZYŃSKA (Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw), Poland
  • Urszula MYGA-PIĄTEK (Polish Geographical Society; University of Silesia), Poland

N

  • Marta NALEJ (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Puiu NISTOREANU (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies), Romania
  • Markéta NOVOTNÁ (Masaryk University), Czech Republic
  • Marek NOWACKI (WSB University in Poznan), Poland
  • Klaudia NOWICKA (University of Gdansk), Poland

O

  • Piotr OLEŚNIEWICZ (Wroclaw University of Health and Sport Sciences), Poland
  • Fernanda OLIVEIRA (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Marcin OLSZEWSKI (Poznan University of Economics and Business), Poland
  • Katarzyna ORFIN-TOMASZEWSKA (Stanislaw Staszic State University of Applied Sciences in Pila), Poland
  • Anna OSTROWSKA-TRYZNO (Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw), Poland
  • Anette OXENSWÄRDH (Uppsala University), Sweden

P

  • Teresa PALRÃO (Universidade Lusófona), Portugal
  • Aleksander PANASIUK (Jagiellonian University), Poland
  • Adam PAWLICZ (University of Szczecin), Poland
  • Robert PAWLUSIŃSKI (Jagiellonian University), Poland
  • Filipa PERDIGÃO (University of Algarve), Portugal
  • Elsa PEREIRA (University of Algarve), Portugal
  • Rita PERES (Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies), Portugal
  • Antonio Emmanuel PÉREZ BRITO (Autonomous University of Yucatan), Mexico
  • Fernando PERNA (University of Algarve), Portugal
  • Iwona PIELESIAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Edyta PIJET-MIGOŃ (WSB University in Wroclaw), Poland
  • Krzysztof PIOTROWSKI (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), Poland
  • Ivan PIROZHNIK (Pomeranian University in Slupsk), Poland
  • Przemysław PŁOSKONKA (Jozef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw), Poland
  • Ilona POTOCKA (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), Poland
  • João PRUDENTE (University of Madeira), Portugal
  • Katarzyna PUKOWIEC-KURDA (University of Silesia), Poland

Q

  • Łukasz QUIRINI-POPŁAWSKI (Pedagogical University of Krakow), Poland

R

  • Tomasz RACHWAŁ (Pedagogical University of Krakow), Poland
  • George RAMOS (Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco), Portugal
  • Dulcineia RAMOS (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • George RAMOS (Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco), Portugal
  • José Miguel RODRÍGUEZ ANTÓN (Autonomous University of Madrid), Spain
  • Paulo Filipe ROSA (Polytechnic Institute of Santarem), Portugal
  • Mateusz ROZMIAREK (Poznan University of Physical Education), Poland
  • Paweł RÓŻYCKI (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • Michał RZESZEWSKI (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan), Poland

S

  • Iwona SAKOWICZ-TEBINKA (University of Gdansk), Poland
  • Manuel SÁNCHEZ-PÉREZ (University of Almeria), Spain
  • Renata SEWERYN (Cracow University of Economics), Poland
  • Anukrati SHARMA (University of Kota ), India
  • Marta SIDORKIEWICZ (University of Szczecin), Poland
  • Mário SILVA (Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies), Portugal
  • Matylda SIWEK (Pedagogical University of Krakow), Poland
  • Ewa SKOWRONEK (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University), Poland
  • Ismael P. SOLER (University of Malaga), Spain
  • Ana Elisa SOUSA (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal
  • Andrzej STASIAK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Dominika STUDZIŃSKA (University of Gdansk), Poland
  • Bartosz SZCZECHOWICZ (University of Physical Education in Krakow), Poland
  • Barbara SZYDA (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun), Poland

T

  • Susana TELES (University of Madeira), Portugal
  • Even TJØRVE (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences), Norway
  • Yunus TOPSAKAL (Alanya Hamdullah Emin Pasa University), Turkey
  • Kate TORKINGTON (University of Algarve), Portugal
  • Andrzej TUCKI (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University), Poland

U

  • Ebru ULUCAN (Istanbul Commerce University), Turkey

V

  • Marco VALERI (Niccolo Cusano University), Italy
  • Alfonso VARGAS-SÁNCHEZ (University of Huelva), Spain
  • Ana Sofia VIANA (Polytechnic of Leiria), Portugal

W

  • Daniela WAGNER (Vienna University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication ), Austria
  • Marzena WANAGOS (Gdynia Maritime University), Poland
  • Marek WIĘCKOWSKI (Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences), Poland
  • Tomasz WITES (University of Warsaw), Poland
  • Bogdan WŁODARCZYK (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Jolanta WOJCIECHOWSKA (University of Lodz), Poland
  • Ewa WSZENDYBYŁ-SKULSKA (Jagiellonian University), Poland

Z

  • Bernadetta ZAWILIŃSKA (Cracow University of Economics), Poland
  • Małgorzata ZDON-KORZENIOWSKA (Pedagogical University of Krakow), Poland
  • Aleksandra ZIENKIEWICZ (Pomeranian University in Slupsk), Poland
  • Piotr ZMYŚLONY (Poznan University of Economics and Business), Poland
  • Michał ŻEMŁA (Pedagogical University of Krakow), Poland

Sessions of ITC2022. International Tourism Congress

Proposed by:

Luís LIMA SANTOS (CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation; Polytechnic of Leiria)

Conceição GOMES (CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation; Polytechnic of Leiria)

Antonio PEREZ BRITO (Universidad de Yucatán; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

1. Recovering tourism financial sustainability

Background and aims: Considering that the main theme of the ITC2022 is sustainability, the topic of financial sustainability assumes special relevance, namely in the post-pandemic period. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic had devastating effects not only because of its length of time, but also because it limited and even prevented the mobility of people – which is fundamental to tourism.

On the other hand, the layoffs imposed on companies by the various governments led to a very significant reduction in their income, with the maintenance of some structural costs for long periods of time; the loss of liquidity and the lack of sustainability of companies jeopardised the survival of several tourism companies and led to the bankruptcy of many others.

A scenario of economic and financial recovery of tourism businesses will always depend on the capacity of managers to critically analyse the variables that influence the financial sustainability of businesses. These are reasons to invite researchers, academicians and professionals to discuss this topic presenting studies on sustainability in the main sub-sectors of tourism industry activities, namely:

  • tourism services and travel trade (e.g., tour operators, travel agents, tourist information centres),
  • hospitality (e.g., accommodation, restaurants and F&B),
  • adventure, attractions and ecotourism (e.g., heritage sites and theme, national, and wildlife parks),
  • recreation & entertainment,
  • sports, events and conferences,
  • transportation (e.g., airlines, car rental).

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Rita BALEIRO (CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation; University of Algarve)

Jacek KACZMAREK (University of Lodz)

2. Framing literary and film-induced tourism into a sustainable perspective

Background and aims: This session would be an excellent opportunity to invite contributions presenting conceptual, methodological and empirical advances on these two niches of cultural and heritage tourism in a sustainable perspective. The session aims at a solid interdisciplinary dialogue. It focuses on the development and research of literary tourism and film-induced tourism products and experiences that foster sustainable development of destinations and cultural heritage and examples of practices that endanger sustainability. Issues such as preservation, planning, strategies and partnerships at the tourist destinations would be discussed.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • literary tourism, film-induced tourism and sustainability: the visitors’ and the locals’ perspective,
  • literary and film-induced tourism: preservation, planning, strategies and partnerships,
  • comparative studies on literary and film-induced tourism,
  • case studies of literary and film-induced tourism,
  • community-based tourism, and literary and film-induced tourism,
  • consumption of literary places and film locations,
  • impacts of filmmaking and tourism on locations and communities,
  • literary and film-induced tourism: education and paving the way for future generations,
  • literary and film-induced tourism: authenticity and sustainability,
  • challenges for literary and film-induced tourism,
  • culturally sensitive literary and film-induced tourism.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Krzysztof BŁAŻEJCZYK (Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation of the Polish Academy of Sciences; Friendly Space – Friendly Climate Foundation)

3. Climate challenges of sustainable development of tourism

Background and aims: Climate is one of the important factors of tourism activity. For many visitors, a good, fair climate is a key element of a satisfactory stay. Thus, tour organisers and managers of tourism centres must take into consideration several challenges related to actual and future climate. Thinking about sustainable tourism they have to prepare appropriate information regarding possible weather, climate extremes (like heat waves, heavy rains, strong winds etc.) and climate stress in tourists travelling from far destinations. The session will be an excellent place for discussion which climate information should be the most efficient in sustainable development of the tourism industry. We expect guest papers referring to both, current climate conditions and to future climate.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Anukrati SHARMA (University of Kota; Rajasthan ILD Skills University; International University of Tourism & Hospitality)

4. Glocal the new mantra for sustainable destination recovery and rebranding

Background and aims: Local communities play a crucial role in tourism development. They are considered legitimate and moral stakeholders in tourism development. To enhance the trust and confidence of locals in the tourism industry, it is important for the local community to be involved in policy and decision-making. The proposed session for ITC2022 will address issues and topics related to. The session will focus on the SDGs for sustainable tourism development. Meticulous observation of hidden opportunities and challenges for the involvement of the community in the tourism industry is seen in each topic. Participation of the local community in the tourism and hospitality industry benefits not only the local economy but also contributes to a society holistically.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • supporting local entrepreneurs and start-ups (local cuisine, local crafts, textiles, etc.),
  • critical thinking along with creativities and innovation for bringing all together with newness in curriculum designing and tourism education system,
  • participation of the community in tourism and hospitality (home stays, guesthouses, small hotels, tour guides, indigenous festivals),
  • local community and eco-tourism development,
  • addressing barriers to local community participation in tourism and hospitality,
  • participation of rural and village communities in tourism,
  • agriculture tourism as a possible new market post-pandemic,
  • sustainability through cultural preservation and local community,
  • harnessing the hidden talents of local people in tourism and hospitality.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Kate TORKINGTON (CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation; University of Algarve; TrELMA Project)

5. Tourism-related entrepreneurship in rural areas

Background and aims: This session proposes to bring together researchers working on tourism-related rural entrepreneurship in different socio-geographical contexts across Europe and throughout the world. The main aim of the session is to explore and compare how these types of entrepreneurial activities contribute to an impact on the sustainable development of rural spaces, including remote areas, sparsely populated areas and less-favoured areas. The rationale for this research interest is underpinned by the urgent need to rethink and rebuild tourism in a post-COVID-19 era, along with the current trend towards the increasing demand for and practice of tourism in rural areas. At the same time, entrepreneurship is seen as playing a potentially key role in the sustainable socio-economic development of rural areas, as long as all stakeholders (public and private enterprise, local populations and tourists themselves) work together to cooperate in this goal. Additionally, recent research in different geographical contexts is revealing the important role of inward migration (both national and international) in the development of tourism entrepreneurship in rural spaces that have previously been characterised by outward migration and population decline.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • how entrepreneurship is integrated into national and regional policies for sustainable rural development,
  • opportunities for and challenges of tourism entrepreneurial activity in remote and sparsely populated areas,
  • local actors and entrepreneurial activities in rural areas,
  • pro-rural migration and tourism entrepreneurship,
  • balancing business and lifestyle aspirations in rural tourism entrepreneurship,
  • theoretical, empirical and methodological foci on alternatives to growth- and market-orientations in tourism entrepreneurship,
  • investigations of the potential for and the impacts of tourism-related rural entrepreneurial practices as part of the phenomenon of lifestyle mobilities and migration.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Maria João FERREIRA CUSTÓDIO (University of Algarve)

Elsa Cristina SACRAMENTO PEREIRA (University of Algarve)

6. Tourism and outdoor sports recreation

Background and aims: This thematic area aims to discuss research developments and new insights related to tourism and outdoor sports recreation, encompassing theoretical and empirical essays. The presentation and discussion of methodologies and results in each or through different destinations scales (from local to global) and stakeholders’ perspectives are encouraged. This is an area of knowledge where the tourism strategies and markets are constantly moving, namely due to its close connection with sustainable development in its several dimensions: natural, social, and economic phenomena. The practice of sport activities in nature can constitute a means to fulfil the desire to travel and recreation associated with memorable and authentic experiences. In this context, the discussion should cover different perspectives of tourism and outdoor sport recreation considering the “Sport Tourism and Development Goals (SDGs)” from UNWTO, i.e., how tourism and outdoor sport recreation can contribute to territory sustainability, peace, economic development, nature preservation and social inclusion, among other critical aspects included in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • outdoor sport recreation marketing and communication,
  • outdoor sports recreation and tourism sustainability,
  • tourism experiences in outdoor sports recreation,
  • branding strategies in outdoor sports recreation,
  • outdoor sports recreation products,
  • outdoor sport recreation impacts,
  • outdoor sport recreation events.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Eugénia DEVILE (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

Andreia MOURA (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

Alina ZAJADACZ (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan; GeoLabTur. Geographical Laboratory of Tourism)

7. Accessible, sustainable and smart tourism: challenges and good practices

Background and aims: Accessible tourism (also known as access tourism, universal tourism, inclusive tourism, tourism for all, and barrier-free tourism) is adapted to the needs of all people with disabilities or not, including those with mobility, hearing, sight, cognitive, or intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, with temporary disabilities, older persons and families with children.

Tourism can play an important role to create a more inclusive society. This depends on the adoption of new approaches and strategies to promote the accessibility of tourism services around all the tourism value chain, based on sustainable tourism principles. Although there is increasing interest in this field, research is still scarce and limited. The pandemic period increased digitization and social exclusion, a reality that strengthens the need to rethink social innovation mechanisms, such as the access to tourism practice. Accessibility and sustainability encourage the academic discussion on the importance of thinking of tourism as a relevant dimension of the modern society, which is still inaccessible to a major part of the population.

Thus, this session seeks to foster the debate around tourism in accessible, sustainable and smart contexts, to stimulate and explore emerging paradigms of value and knowledge co-creation in the marketplace that will lay the foundations for new tourism ecosystems. In sum, the goal of this session is to provide a forum for focused discussions on different approaches that could enhance the articulation between sustainable, smart and accessible tourism.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • theoretical issues of accessible tourism,
  • sustainable accessible tourism in practice,
  • limitations, barriers, challenges in the development of accessible tourism,
  • smart accessible destinations,
  • accessible tourism market,
  • travel constraints faced by people with special needs,
  • travel behaviour of people with special needs,
  • accessibility of tourism supply,
  • good practices in destinations for everyone,
  • smart destinations and accessible tourism,
  • social tourism,
  • innovation and marketing concerning special needs,
  • human resources and accessible tourism,
  • ethics and social responsibility in accessible tourism.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Krzysztof JANC (University of Wroclaw; H2020 Project SPOT)

8. The potential of European regions for the sustainable development of cultural tourism

Background and aims: Cultural tourism is constantly evolving, changing its face, from communing with and getting to know the high culture to experiencing the ‘everyday culture’ of visited destinations. Today it is not only exploring popular cultural resources, mainly historical sites, and museums but also experiencing intangible heritage. The transformation of cultural tourism will continue due to changing lifestyles, evolving forms of culture, and traditional and digital innovations. Cultural tourism will also face many challenges, including a very important aspect of its sustainable development.

The session intends to discuss a new approach to understanding and addressing cultural tourism and promote the development of disadvantaged areas. We also would like to exchange experience on the role of cultural tourism in creating place-based identities and how these link to broader processes of regional and European culture. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers that offer new perspectives and/or evidence of cultural tourism.

The session “The potential of European regions for the sustainable development of cultural tourism” is co-hosted by the Horizon2020 project SPOT. Social and innovative Platform On cultural Tourism and its potential towards deepening Europeanisation.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • enrichment of the scientific evidence base for understanding cultural tourism,
  • good practices in the cultural heritage field including cultural, environmental, and social development responses to the challenges of sustainability,
  • cross-border cooperation, regional and local cooperation, both to avoid overpressure of cultural tourism and to promote its sustainable development,
  • demonstrating ways in which cultural tourism can be used to develop social and economic cohesion,
  • developing a greater understanding of the different challenges facing contrasting types of cultural tourism in European countries.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Catarina MARTINS (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança)

Dália LIBERATO (Polytechnic of Porto)

Vitor AMBRÓSIO (Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies)

Pedro LIBERATO (Polytechnic of Porto)

Bruno SOUSA (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave)

9. Special interest tourism and experiential tourism based on sustainable practices

Background and aims: Special interest tourism and experiential tourism have been a topic of debate in past decades, but it still is one of the most current topics of investigation. The importance of those types of tourism stems from the acknowledgment of increasingly higher levels of customization of tourism experiences driven by specific interests of individuals and groups. It is expected that tourism engages visitors in authentic, memorable travel activities, revealed over time, that engage the senses, are inherently personal and make connections on a physical, emotional, religious, spiritual, intellectual, or social level, based on innovative and sustainable practices.

Tourism has the potential to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals and this is a major focus on tourism research. From Eco-tourism, to olive oil tourism to astro-tourism there are several examples on how niche markets can put sustainability in practice. In fact, tourism resources produce niche tourism products developed in a sustainable approach to benefit local communities.

Nature based tourism also includes touristic products that can be classified as special interest tourism and an ongoing research on integrating tourism and sustainability must be promoted. In fact, developing touristic products through sustainability guidelines promotes development and prevents nature based tourism and other types of tourism niche markets to damage sociocultural and natural environments. Furthermore, both special interest tourism and experiential tourism encompass the different products that can be promoted through the roots of sustainability particularly in rural and sometimes remote areas. Tourism has been considered a driver for economic development in many rural peripheral areas where mass tourism has no place. Niche tourism products can promote the development of these regions since they can be community based and the discussion around this topic must also be promoted.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • special interest tourism,
  • experiential tourism,
  • nature-based tourism,
  • astro-tourism,
  • eco-tourism,
  • creative tourism,
  • event tourism,
  • food tourism,
  • educational tourism,
  • health and wellness tourism,
  • adventure tourism,
  • religious tourism,
  • religious and spiritual tourism experience,
  • olive-oil tourism,
  • drivers of experience co-creation in food-and-wine tourism
  • development of tourism in small regions,
  • emotion and storytelling,
  • experiential authenticity,
  • innovation and value-creation in the experience-based tourism,
  • photographic tourism,
  • slow tourism experiences,
  • slum tourism,
  • dark tourism,
  • tourists’ memorable hotel experiences,
  • urban tourism experience.

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Proposed by:

Márcio RIBEIRO MARTINS (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança)

10. Youth tourism and sustainability

Background and aims: In recent decades the world has experienced accelerated demographic growth that has led to the largest generation of young people in the history of humanity. According to UNWTO, youth is recognized as a major force for development and social change, with the potential to drive sustainable development in tourism. Before COVID-19 pandemic, the number of young travellers had already reached 336 million, accounting for 23% of international arrivals and being responsible for 333 billion US dollars in tourism receipts.

Youth tourism includes all independent trips undertaken by people aged 16-29 which are motivated by a desire to experience other cultures, build life experience, and/or benefit from formal and informal learning opportunities. Considering their rapid growth as well as its social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts, youth tourism is an increasingly important market. As described by UNWTO, youth travel is high value and resilient. Young travellers are recognized for attracting other visitors to the destinations and for spending their money directly with local communities, making an important contribution to other industries.

Young generations are also considered to be an important stakeholder in the efforts of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly Goal 8 on economic growth and jobs, and Goal 12 on sustainable consumption and production as they can lead a transformation into a more responsible way of travelling.

Youth has the power to change the world and the recent youth-led movements fighting global warming and climate change are excellent examples of the persuasive power and influence that young people have in the current globalised society. All this potential can and should be used to support a more sustainable tourism, directly involving young people in the discussions and actions related to the future of tourism. For youth, travel is not just a way to discover other places. It is also a form of learning, meeting other people and exploring other cultures and host communities in a more sustainable way.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • youth and sustainable tourism,
  • millennial and generation z markets,
  • backpackers, flashpackers and other subsegments,
  • voluntourism,
  • working holiday makers,
  • post-COVID-19 changes in youth tourism,
  • new products in youth tourism,
  • tourism development and planning,
  • digital marketing applied to youth market,
  • destination marketing applied to youth market,
  • hostels and low-cost accommodations,
  • youth tourism and resilience,
  • information and communication technologies in the hospitality and youth tourism industry.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Leszek BUTOWSKI (University of Lodz)

11. Ontological, epistemological and methodological foundations of tourism research

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The issue of ontology (or ontologies) of tourism: Is there actually such a thing as a tourism reality? If so, what is its mode of existence? What entities constitute the domain of tourism? What is their ontological status? How are these entities formed and what are their characteristics? How do they exist in the world?
  • The issue of tourism epistemology: Is the reality of tourism knowable at all? If so, to what extent is this reality knowable? What is the epistemic status of knowledge about tourism?
  • The methodological perspective of studies on tourism: What are the methodological approaches applied in tourism studies? -multi, -inter, -cross, -trans disciplinary methodologies in tourism research; How to interpret qualitative and quantitative data – is it possible to construct a common foundation for both types?

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Proposed by:

António ALMEIDA (University of Madeira; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

Susana TELES (University of Madeira; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

Vânia COSTA (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

12. Air transportation and tourism destinations: strategies and policies

Background and aims: The sharp growth of tourism since 1960 is one of the agents responsible for the significant increase in demand for different modes of transport in Europe, including, naturally, passenger air transport. The choice of means of transport will be based on the duration of the trip, the number of people in the group, the income available for the trip, the availability of seats by the carrier and the flexibility of the means of transport.

Cooper, Fletcher, Gilbert and Wanhill (1993) consider that travelling by air was probably the most important transport innovation of the 20th century. Since the first commercial aircraft entered service, air transport has facilitated globalisation. With air transport, it became possible to move passengers in the shortest period of time ever, and consequently, there was an increase in demand for long-distance trips.

The air transport sector is significant for tourism, both growing in parallel terms, constituting two interdependent segments. Any changes made to aviation policy will have an impact on the evolution of tourism, either adversely or beneficially.

The fast developments taking place in the air transportation industry require a careful understanding of the trends and strategies implemented by the various agents involved in the industry. Moreover, there is a need to stimulate and design new policies reshaping the industry. A wide range of topics with policy implications may be covered, including but not limited to airline economics and policy (pricing, network, subsidies and ownership), airport economics and policy (ownership, investment, pricing), environmental policy issues (including carbon tax, emission trading), airline and intermodal competition, merger and alliances, as well as regulation and open sky agreements.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • air transport and the development of tourist destinations,
  • air transportation and regional economic development,
  • airline network analysis,
  • sustainability in air transportation,
  • airline economics and policy,
  • airport economics and policy,
  • air transportation governance, economics and policy,
  • air transportation system performance measurement and management,
  • economic and cost/benefit analyses to support modernization.

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Proposed by:

Vânia COSTA (Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

Andreia MOURA (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

Maria do Rosário MIRA (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

13. Human capital in tourism sector

Background and aims: The global economy, based on knowledge and technological evolution, has brought new challenges of competitive differentiation to organisations, particularly organisations based in services providing, such has the tourism industry.

Tourism counts with the human resources as a competitive advantage to the organisations since it influences the quality of the final product presented to the tourists as well as to the satisfaction and loyalty of the customers of the different tourist destinations. The qualifications of the human resources of the tourism sector are fundamental for the development and planning of the different tourist destinations, and the vocational training and development of professional skills but especially personal and/or behavioural skills are key factors that allow the elevation of the level of competitiveness and sustainability of destinations, responding this way to the constant evolution of the demands of tourists and the tourist market. Organisations should invest in the qualification of their workers, through education and vocational training according to sustainable interests and objectives.

In this sense, the improvement of skills of the workers, both professional and personal, are key factors for the development and planning of more sustainable tourism destinations as well as the global improvement of competitiveness and quality of the sector and also allows to respond to the evolution of the labour market and the demands of more sustainability concerned tourists.

We invite contributions and different perspectives that focus on the trends and challenges of the tourism sector, that allow better educational planning to address destination sustainability.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • profile of human capital in tourism,
  • tourism human resources management,
  • trends and skill needs in tourism,
  • intellectual capital in tourism,
  • tourism human resources and tourism education,
  • tourism business curriculum.

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Proposed by:

Goretti SILVA (Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo)

Justyna MOKRAS-GRABOWSKA (University of Lodz)

14. Current challenges of education in tourism and hospitality

Background and aims: Increasingly, tourism education at all levels and for all types of jobs requires qualifications and training that can equip future and current employees with adaptable, agile and resilient skills to meet the rapidly changing needs and trends of the tourism industry. This involves not only the acquisition of new skills, but also lifelong education and ongoing reskilling and retraining.

The future of tourism education poses many challenges aimed at meeting the needs of the industry. The education system requires the adoption of strategies that support a holistic approach where the focus is on building more universal and transversal skills and competences that are used at any hierarchical level, position or sub-sector of tourism. Digitalization offers numerous opportunities to improve training and provide access to new jobs; and support for the sustainability agenda should be seen as a key subject in all courses promoting social equity, from staff to service, community and customers, as well as more efficient management of resources.

On the other hand, it is increasingly evident that the supply of higher education courses in Tourism should adopt more active methodological and pedagogical approaches, student-centred and in greater articulation with the industry that promote the acquisition of key skills for employability by young professionals.

This session therefore aims to present cases, share experiences in which the focus is on the adoption and testing of methodological approaches and their results in the stimulation and development of key skills of tourism students.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • tourism education system,
  • opportunities and challenges for tomorrow tourism education,
  • tourism curriculum,
  • international tourism education,
  • tourism education challenges and futures,
  • sustainable tourism education,
  • creative didactics methods and interactive education in tourism,
  • tourism higher education curriculums review,
  • field work educational aspects.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Anette OXENSWÄRDH (Uppsala University; NST. Network for Sustainable Tourism)

15. Challenges of sustainable tourism in Baltic Sea Region

Background and aims: Identification of recent challenges of sustainable tourism in Baltic Sea Region requires an evolutionary approach with particular focus on environmental, economic, social and political issues. The history of centrally governed economies and totalitarian regimes of former Soviet republics and dependent on Soviet Russia countries significantly influenced the whole region, its inhabitants, and their social behaviours including tourism and travels. Thus, discussion on sustainable tourism in BSR requires better understanding of political, economic, social, and cultural processes shaping attitudes, needs and behaviours of people living in the region, especially in eastern part of the BSR which covers the countries directly witnessing the process of economic transition during the last thirty years.

The need to protect the natural beauty of rural landscape and outstanding rural traditions of BSR territories, sustainable tourism and all related concepts like ecotourism, transformative tourism, nature-based tourism, agritourism, are seen recently as a significant factor determining sustainable development of rural areas in countries of the BSR.

Climate change is expected to significantly transform tourism in coastal areas of the BSR. Discussion on future change of structure and size of tourism flows within the BSR, and to the BSR is needed. On the one hand, due to increase of temperature in the regions of the North, increase of domestic and inbound summer tourism is expected in the BSR. On the other hand, due to the same reasons, the willingness of inhabitants of the BSR countries to travel out of the region during the summer period might be significantly reduced. In consequence, an increase of intraregional tourism in the BSR seems very probable. Climate change followed by change of size and structure of tourism flows significantly induce the economy, including the tourism sector, in coastal areas of the BSR. As climate change might result in an extension of the high summer season in the BSR countries, mass tourism might become a more serious problem than ever before. On the other hand, the need for sustainable alternatives out of the summer season is still vital.

Finally, sustainable tourism in BSR should be discussed from a governmental perspective. More than twenty years of intensifying cooperation between countries of BSR resulted in strong integration within this macro-region compared to other European Union territories. Recently, BSR is identified as the very first macro-region of the European Union to implement a transnational strategy of development aiming tourism as a priority.

The session “Challenges of sustainable tourism in Baltic Sea Region” is co-hosted by The Baltic University Programme.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • understanding and practising sustainability by stakeholders of tourism in BSR,
  • environmental impacts of tourism, and on tourism development in BSR,
  • sustainable tourism development paths in BSR,
  • significance of interregional tourism in BSR in times of crisis events.

List of sessions…

Proposed by:

Maciej ADAMIAK (ReasonField Lab)

Tomasz NAPIERAŁA (University of Lodz; CiTUR. Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation)

16. Internet and communication technologies in tourism studies

Background and aims: The rapid development of information and communication technologies, mobile technologies, and geographic information systems is widely evidenced. From the scientific point of view, internetization and technological development resulting in unprecedented possibilities for conducting more precise and comprehensive research on tourist phenomena. There is increasing use of the Internet, including social media, both by tourism enterprises and tourists willing to leave virtual traces of their tourist activity, e.g. in the form of online ratings and reviews, videos or photos of places or attractions visited, location and mobility sensor data and more. As a result, new opportunities and challenges have arisen in assessing the consumed spatial services or even evaluating the geographical space attractiveness of destinations which is highly important, especially for tourism.

The Internet, electronic word-of-mouth communication (eWOM) mainly facilitated the development of overwhelming resources of tourist-generated content. Tourists share and seek experience. Thus, the eWOM solved the main issue of inexperienced tourism demand – the lack of valuable and trustable information about the characteristics of services offered in tourist destinations. It needs to be underlined that the role of eWOM might be considered both from a supply perspective (destinations or tourism companies) and from the customer perspective. Analysing large quantities of tourist-generated content requires a big-data approach, including techniques and methodologies. Recently, the achievements of machine learning – one of the most significant IT studies – should be emphasised.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • the role of electronic word-of-mouth communication (eWOM) in tourism,
  • empirical evidence of big data and machine learning application in tourism studies,
  • spatial data science for assessment of the attractiveness of tourism space,
  • ethical, legal, and technological issues of using data from social media channels.

List of sessions…

International Tourism Congress ITC2022: Call for Sessions

ITC2022 call for sessions is open till 28th February 31st March 2022. International Tourism Congress ITC2022 is organized by the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, University of Lodz (Poland) in cooperation with CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation. ITC2022 is also final event disseminating achievements of the SPOT project. ITC2022 will be held on November, (16)17-19 2022 in Lodz, the city located in the very heart of Poland.

As a SPOT project team, together with our partner institutions: Faculty of Geographical Sciences at University of Lodz (Poland) and CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation (Portugal), we are glad to announce a call for sessions for the International Tourism Congress ITC2022 which will be held in Łódź (Poland) between (16th)17th and 19th November 2022.

Tourism – Going Back/Forward to Sustainability

Sustainable tourism has been widely discussed since the beginning of the 1990s. The roots of the notion are embedded in the concept of ‘green tourism’, resulting from understanding the negative impacts of a boom in mass tourism dating back to the 1960s, and a much broader and older idea of ‘sustainable development’ (Swarbrooke, 1999). Recently, sustainability has been reconsidered as the response of tourism to nature-based challenges like climate change, bio- and geodiversity crisis, and cultural landscape degradation influenced by consumption-oriented and profit-oriented capitalist economies treating nature as a cheap asset (Moore, 2016). Similarly, sustainable tourism nowadays addresses social and spatial injustice resulting from social and economic inequalities (Leśniewska-Napierała et al., 2019), lack of territorial cohesion, and tourism’s spatial failures like over tourism or tourism hypertrophy (Holden, 2017; Kowalczyk-Anioł, 2019; Zarębski et al., 2019). Sustainability, along with innovation (including information technology, mobile technology, robotics, and big data) are indicated as the most vital forces shaping the development of future tourism (Napierała & Birdir, 2020). Thus, in contemporary tourism, we are going both back and forward to sustainability.

Sessions of ITC2022 will address the widely known United Nations’ programme called ‘Tourism for sustainable development goals’ (UN-WTO, 2019). According to this global initiative, special focus should be placed on people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. Thus, the role of human and social capital, as well as cultural heritage, in sustainable tourism development should be addressed by ITC2022’s debate. Special attention is expected to be paid to tourism- and travel-related sectors, whose ability to shorten supply chains and to promote locality is overwhelming, such as gastronomy (mainly slow food and local cuisine) and handicraft (Kılıçhan et al., 2022). On the other hand, discussion of environmental issues related to or influenced by tourism is necessary during ITC2022.

Partnerships that foster prosperity should be stimulated and coordinated by proper management and marketing strategies of sustainable tourism destinations. This is strictly related to the questions of how to become sustainable, and how to be perceived as sustainable. Sustainability as an idea targeting interests of all tourism stakeholders recently and in the future should be considered in a wider context of the ability to collaborate by competing stakeholders affected by rational calculation, emotional bond, brand and personal reputation, and the embeddedness of stakeholders in social networks (Czernek & Czakon, 2016). Thus, coopetition and networking in tourism, including both managerial and marketing perspectives, should be discussed during ITC2022. Peace and tourism considered in parallel should lead to a discussion on political and ethical issues of tourism development towards a more just global order (Higgins-Desbiolles, 2008). As the COVID-19 pandemic is one of most discussed phenomena shaping tourism development, identification of sustainable tourism dimensions in post-COVID times is expected as one of ITC2022 goals.

One of the ITC2022’s goals is to present achievements of the project ‘SPOT. Sustainable Spatial Planning of Tourism Destinations’. Special session with that reason will be organized. However, additional sessions addressing issues of spatial planning of tourism areas are encouraged. Sustainability of tourism in terms of both spatial planning and strategic planning is the core of the SPOT project’s inquiry: On the one hand, tourism significantly affects land use, landscape and cultural landscape. On the other, the direct focus of spatial planning on tourism issues is limited. In consequence, we observe significant pressure of tourism development, with limited response coming from spatial planning – the only domain able to target these problems successfully. Moreover, tourism is usually not considered in strategic planning in complete perspective. This happens because tourism is identified only as an opportunity, but not as a threat or a challenge. Thus, spatial governance of sustainable tourism development in destinations should include contributions from both spatial planning and strategic planning. This justifies research interests in introducing ideas of sustainable tourism development into spatial planning.

Call for sessions

Call for sessions is open. If you are interested in suggesting or organising a session during International Tourism Congress ITC2022, please approach the organisers directly via email (itc2022@geo.uni.lodz.pl). Please send the following information:

  • Your name, surname, title, institutional affiliation, and email address,
  • Session title,
  • Brief description of the session proposed (200-300 words related to ITC2022 theme),
  • Information whether the session is proposed by a group of researchers (research institution, project or lab, scientific association including its commission or branch),
  • Information if you want to participate in ITC2022 and chair the session proposed.

The deadline to submit session proposals expires on 28th February 31st March 2022.

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