Sustainable Tourism and the Circular Economy
Mini Track Chair: Dr Christopher J Moon, Middlesex University, UK
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
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
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
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
- Endogenous resources
Tourism in Spain: Challenges and Opportunities
Mini Track Chair: Dr. Prof. Rosa-Maria Mariz-Perez, University of A Coruna, Spain
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