ICTR Mini Tracks

The Mini Tracks for ICTR 

  • Sustainable Tourism and the Circular Economy
  • Tourism & Hospitality ICT
  • Business Tourism and Events
  • Active Life and Well-Being Tourism
  • Tourism in Spain: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Regional Smart Destinations
  • Outdoor Tourism
  • Gastronomy and Wine Tourism
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Sustainable Tourism and the Circular Economy

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

ICTR 2021 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

Tourism & Hospitality ICT

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

ICTR 2021 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


Business Tourism and Events

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

ICGR 2021 Mini Track on Business Tourism and Events  

Business tourism and events play an important economical role in local and regional economies and there is great potential for collaboration with the tourism sector. There are a number of reasons why destinations find business tourism attractive, including the ability to maximize low seasonality, the controlled environmental impact, the higher revenue for accommodation and meeting venues, the high demand for food and beverage (lunches, gala dinners, coffee breaks, etc.), the boost in leisure activities and the relative resilience to current economic crises.  

Business tourists may extend their stay at a destination beyond the duration of the business event, in order to discover the region and its attractions. Given a good experience, individuals may return, this time in a leisure tourism context, and they can promote the destination to friends, family and their professional network. This reflects the potential of business tourism for local and regional development and the importance of providing an excellent service to business visitors so they can report high levels of satisfaction during the stay at a destination.  

This sector can play an important role in destination attractiveness through the creation of business events and activities related to this segment.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:  

  • Impact of Business Tourism
  • Business traveller’s profiles and motivations
  • Planning and development strategies
  • Destination marketing
  • Market segmentation
  • Hospitality in Business Tourism
  • Tendencies and future perspectives
  • Innovation and technology in Business Tourism

Active Life and Well-Being Tourism

Mini Track Chair: Dr Fernanda A. Ferreira, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal  

ICTR 2021 Mini Track on 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:  

  • Nature tourism
  • Slow tourism
  • Community ecotourism
  • Rural tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Endogenous resources

Tourism in Spain: Challenges and Opportunities

Mini Track Chair: Dr.  Prof. Rosa-Maria Mariz-Perez, University of A Coruna, Spain  

ICTR 2021 Mini Track on Tourism in Spain: Challenges and Opportunities  

Spain is a worldwide tourism reference. Classic sun and beach destinations keep their pulse alive. However, the tourism opportunitites on offer have been diversified and currently includes a wide range of products. An ecosystem of great complexity and dynamism has been generated. At the same time, many of the companies that were born to meet the growing demand of national destinations, today are international benchmarks that contribute to the development of new destinations outside the national scope.  

The current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the foundations of what appeared to be a solid industry and that exerted a notable economic and social influence. Therefore, our objective is to motivate reflection on the tourism sector in Spain from a broad perspective and help shed light on what the future may bring.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:  

  • Specialist tourism
  • Present and Future issues
  • Emerging markets and new destinations
  • Destination management
  • Economic and social impact
  • Resources and landscape
  • Tangible and intangible heritage

Regional Smart Destinations

Mª Carmen Pardo
Goretti Silva

Mini Track Chair: Mª Carmen Pardo and Goretti Silva, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal  

ICTR 2021 Mini Track on Regional Smart Destinations  

Smart Destinations are can be seen as being based on three pillars: accessibility, information and communication technologies (that both create a better experience for tourists and also feedback to decision makers) and sustainability. But now to be more complete in the definition, we have to include governance and innovation. The pillar (or axe) of sustainability has an added challenge, namely, the need for rigorous measuring, because destinations have such different characteristics that general indicators should be adapted. This track intends to compare how different regions have arrived to rigorous results in this adaptation and, if possible, to identify a common methodology, which could be used by other destinations that are moving towards becoming smart destinations.  

Another avenue we would like to look at is the use of existing Big Data for monitoring proposed indicators of sustainability and developing new ones, e.g. related to innovation. The idea of a smart destination should sit well for this as a means to identify sources, to explore them and to extract the right data to take decisions in terms of sustainability (in this case).  

The purpose of this track is to discuss interesting and successful smart destinations that, have arrived at good solutions for: the use of big data to measure and monitor, adapting general indicators to specific situations and the methodology of tracking. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Tourism Sustainability Indicators
  • Regional Monitoring: methods, solutions, and adaptation
  • Role of Residents and Tourists in Measuring Tourism Sustainability
  • The Role of Big Data and ICT in the Monitoring, Management, and Development of Tourism

Outdoor Tourism

Goretti Silva
Aexandra Correia
Paula Odete Fernandes

Mini Track Chair: Goretti Silva and Aexandra Correia, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, CITUR, UNIAG, Portugal and Paula Odete Fernandes, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), Portugal  

ICTR 2021 Mini Track on Outdoor Tourism  

The demand for outdoor sport-related tourism activities has been growing in the last decade, leading to the recognition of Outdoor Tourism potential in the development of rural and urban areas where these activities can take place. The complexity of sustainable outdoor tourism may suggest a need for different and collaborative approaches to the delivery and management of activities. Currently there are unprecedented changes impacting the tourism sector as a whole and this track focuses on themes that are critical to the development of outdoor tourism-related products, activities, and territories which may impact the future of the tourism industry. This mini track will consider topics related to the demand, supply, and planning of outdoor tourism as well as the policy development, and management of the territories with conditions for the practice of outdoor tourism.  

Contributors are invited to submit research papers addressing relevant aspects that include the following topics (but are not limited to):  

    • Tourist Motivations and Behaviours
    • Technology Integration with Outdoor Tourism - the use and experience
    • Innovation, Trends and Challenges
    • Policy, Planning and Management
    • Tourism Marketing and in particular Digital Marketing
    • Impacts, Measurement Systems and Sustainable Development

Gastronomy and Wine Tourism

Luís Correia
Teresa Pataco
Bebiana Monteiro

Mini Track Chair: Luís Correia, Teresa Pataco and Bebiana Monteiro, School of Hospitality and Tourism, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal  

ICTR 2021 Mini Track on Gastronomy and Wine Tourism  

Gastronomy and wine tourism have become two of the most relevant tourism products worldwide, with a very relevant impact on national economies. Portuguese culinary culture and wine production traditions have long been established as some of the most relevant among those offered by Old World wine producers. Over the last decades, wine regions have seen an increment in the offer of innovative and sustainable experiences, which have proved to be an important tool to fight seasonality, while also contributing to the economic, social and cultural development of wine regions.  

Chefs and sommeliers have come together in recent years to create new and perfect pairings, which does not only improve the tourists’ experience, but also promotes local and regional products.  The increased demand for gastronomy and wine tourism products makes it determinant to support research that will help predict and know the best products and services to generate repeat business for the tourism industry.  Topics of interest include but are not limited to:  

  • Sustainability in gastronomy and wine tourism
  • Virtual wine tourism
  • Food and wine pairing
  • Experiences in gastronomy and wine tourism
  • Profiling gastronomers and wine tourists