ICTR Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks for ICTR

  • Trans-Border Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism and the Circular Economy
  • Gastronomic Tourism: Culture, Territory and Experiences
  • Digital Literacy in Tourism
  • Events: Impacts, Challenges and Future Perspectives
  • Tourism & Hospitality ICT
  • Transforming Tourism Education Through Collaboration, Mobility and Simulation
  • Active Life and Well-Being Tourism
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Trans-Border Tourism

Mini Track Chair: Małgorzata Leśniak-Johann, University of Business in Wroclaw, Poland 

ICTR 2022 Mini Track on Trans-Border Tourism  

Trans-border tourism refers to the areas on both sides of the political borders that separate bordering states while border tourism refers to their national parts. In the border areas, the geographical peripherality (location) often coincides with the economic marginalisation in relations to the centre of the country. Tourism however is a form of activity, which gives development opportunities to the transborder regions using their location potential, international conditions, long cooperation traditions and coopetition in many cases. In that context, really important seems to be relations amongst tourism economy entities, self- and national governments, tourism ogranisations at the local, regional, national and international level. Trans-border tourism is part of current Border studies, which is widely discussed among researchers and practitioners in the context of geography, economy, management, sociology and others. I’m inviting you to give your contribution to the discussion on transborder tourism, presenting case studies, methodological solutions or practical applications of theoretical models.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • conditions and present state of trans-borer tourism in a local, regional and supra-regional scale (national and international)
  • trans-border cooperation and competition in tourism
  • barriers to trans-border tourism in particular related to the pandemic COVID-19
  • contribution of tourism sector to the local, regional and supra-regional economy (national and international)
  • new trends in trans-border tourism
  • trans-border regions as a new tourist destinations

Sustainable Tourism and the Circular Economy

Mini Track Chair: Dr Christopher J Moon, Middlesex University, UK 

ICTR 2022 Mini Track on Sustainable Tourism and the Circular Economy  

This track will explore the latest developments in the use of circular economy concepts in the tourism industry. Papers reviewing best practices in sustainable tourism or highlighting innovative practices are particularly welcome. This includes the tourism industry, sustainable processes, sustainable transport, sustainable stays (hotels, other establishments, local consumption, waste sorting, etc.), feedback between tourists and providers to improve the sustainable tourism global offer; data on sustainable tourism demands and expectations; innovation and sustainability. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Circular economy in tourism
  • Energy and carbon savings in establishments
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Eco-friendly sourcing / organic
  • Eco-certifications / labelling
  • Energy positive
  • Zero km

Gastronomic Tourism: Culture, Territory and Experiences

Prof Norberto Santos
Prof Carlos Cardoso Ferreira
Prof Ana Caldeira

Mini Track Chair: Prof Norberto Santos, Prof Carlos Cardoso Ferreira and Prof Ana Caldeira, University of Coimbra, Portugal  

ICTR 2022 Mini Track Gastronomic Tourism: Culture, Territory and Experiences  

Gastronomic and wine products offer the traveller the opportunity of getting to know the culture, customs, traditions and stories of places and people better, and usually in an agreeable and entertaining way. Nowadays food products are an ideal way of diversifying tourism experiences making memorable and transformational contact with place identity, with local know-how and authentic cultural gastronomic experiences. That is why gastronomic tourism gives each place the capability to be creative and innovative, along with sustainable practices and community-based experiences. The appreciation of gastronomic local resources encompasses the holding of unique festivities with gourmet and terroir products, which become components of territorial renown. Showing how local food and wine products are capable exceeding tourist expectations; how gastronomy is at the centre of many of the local cultural characteristics; how the stakeholders connect with the supply chain is central to success. Investments in food and wine help develop and create endogenous resources, and how all this is managed for a territory's best image are the proposals of this mini track.  

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Gastronomy Tourism and Trends
  • Gastronomic Tourism Experiences
  • Wine Tourism
  • Gastronomy and Local Development
  • Cultural Heritage and Gastronomy Tourism

Digital Literacy in Tourism

Prof. Dr. Birgit Phillips
Mag. Daniel Binder

Mini Track Chair: Prof. DrBirgit Phillips, University of Graz, Austria and Mag. Daniel Binder, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria  

ICTR 2022 Mini Track on Digital Literacy in Tourism  

Technologization and digitalization have permeated all areas of life, including the tourism industry. More and more stages of the customer journey are taking place in the digital domain, which has fundamentally changed workflows, communication structures and value chains. The pandemic has accentuated this ongoing technologization and given rise to new challenges within the industry, including restricted tourism, economic loss, mass unemployment, shortage of skilled staff, altered travel patterns and visitor behaviors and an unprecedented demand for crisis management skills, to name but a few. 

The need for a new generation of employees who are highly specialized in digital skills and prepared to set new standards and deal with unpredictable tourism trends is one of the great challenges facing the tourism sector today. In this context, tourism and hospitality education plays a key role in equipping future tourism professionals with the necessary digital competences. This mini-track will explore the role of digital literacy in tourism and hospitality and especially in the context of education. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • What digital skills do employees and entrepreneurs need in various sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry?
  • How can tourism and hospitality education institutions teach the digital skills needed to operate in a technology-driven world and implement innovative business models?
  • Innovative pedagogical models & learning strategies foster digital literacy in tourism education
  • How should tourism education be designed to best meet the demands of the digital future?
  • New digital innovations in tourism
  • How can the tourism sector keep their less digitally literate customers?
  • How can tourism businesses respond to the increasing digitalization of the customer journey to best meet customer needs?

Events: Impacts, Challenges and Future Perspectives

Mini Track Chair: Prof. Jorge Marques, University Portucalense Infante D. Henrique, Porto, Portugal  

ICTR 2022 Mini Track on Events: Impacts, Challenges and Future Perspectives  

The events industry is very important for tourist destinations. Whether we are talking about business, sporting, cultural, religious events, or one of the many other types, they all represent the convergence of many people and sectors of activity, whether in their organization or those who attend. The scale of the event is not necessarily important as from small local events to national mega events can contribute, at different levels, to the development and projection of the places where they are held. This track intends to explore the multi-themed sector of events and the transformations that have taken place in recent times. In this context, are especially welcome papers addressing best practices, impacts, main challenges and perspectives for the future of this sector.  

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports events
  • Mega events
  • Business events
  • SMERF events
  • Cultural, music and arts festivals and carnivals
  • Meetings industry
  • Sustainable events
  • Seasonal economies
  • Infrastructure issues and benefits
  • Impacts of events
  • Challenges and future perspectives
  • Events and technology
  • Events and hospitality
  • Education and training in the events Industry

Tourism & Hospitality ICT

Mini Track Chair: Cândida Silva, PhD, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal 

ICTR 2022 Mini Track on Tourism & Hospitality ICT  

Information communication technology (ICT) has been transforming Tourism and Hospitality globally. This track focuses in recent trends in using ICT to develop more agile and sustainable processes in Tourism and Hospitality business, offering an efficient management, supporting decision making and creating value for both customers and suppliers. Moreover, the track will also be an open to analyse subjects related with innovation in teaching and learning process in Tourism and Hospitality courses, and tourist behaviour and its relationship with ICT, namely on using technology to discover, plan and share their travel experiences and how this is changing the tourist industry. 

Therefore, contributors are invited to submit original research papers addressing relevant aspects of sustainable and quality development of Tourism and Hospitality ICT. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • ICT to support Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality
  • m-Tourism and e-Tourism
  • Gamification in Tourism & Hospitality
  • Building an online reputation and use of social media
  • Digital government for Tourism
  • ICT-driven innovation and challenges in Tourism & Hospitality
  • ICT-Based Tourism Marketing
  • Smart education in Tourism & Hospitality
  • Innovation in teaching and learning process in Tourism & Hospitality

Transforming Tourism Education Through Collaboration, Mobility and Simulation

Professor António Melo
Professor Carla Melo
Professor Sandra Vasconcelos

Mini Track Chair: Professor António Melo, Professor Carla Melo, Professor Sandra Vasconcelos, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal 

ICTR 2022 Mini Track on Transforming Tourism Education Through Collaboration, Mobility and Simulation  

The ongoing pandemic has posed many different challenges to educators worldwide, having prompted significant changes in the way teaching and learning is perceived. In addition to the intrinsic digital transformation, these changes have made apparent the need for adopting more collaborative approaches, that rely on the expertise of specialists and practitioners and well-designed, coordinated strategies that move beyond traditional practices. 

We are looking for contributions that describe and reflect on the potential of creativity, interdisciplinarity, simulation and innovation in tourism education, and the role these elements can play in equipping future professionals with 21st century skills, this track will explore the latest developments and trends within this scope.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience with innovative collaborative approaches and practices
  • Case studies based on collaboration and mobility
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Simulation
  • Digital Education
  • The use of digital platforms/tools to develop knowledge, skills and competences

Active Life and Well-Being Tourism

Dr Fernanda A. Ferreira
Dr Alcina Nunes

Mini Track Chairs: Dr Fernanda A. Ferreira, UNIAG, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal; Dr Alcina Nunes, UNIAG, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal  

ICTR 2022 Mini Track on Active Life and Well-Being Tourism  

Now, more than ever, we are aware of the importance of ensuring we are living healthy lives. For many this is gained by spending leisure time in a way which helps to promote well-being and healthy people in healthy places. In this way there is a growing industry of touristic locations and events which bring people to experience aspects of a healthy lifestyle.  

This mini track aims to bring together leading academics, researchers, and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Active life strategies linked to nature tourism, cultural tourism, sports tourism, well-being tourism and quality of life, among others.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Health and Well-being
  • Thermalism
  • Nature tourism
  • Slow tourism
  • Rural tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Endogenous resources
  • Retreats