murdochTheme: Tourism, Cities and the Environment in the Asian  Century.

Main organizer: International Tourism Studies Association

Host organizer: Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
 Venue: Fremantle, Western Australia


Date: 26th -29th November, 2014

The 5th ITSA Biennial Conference to be held on November 26 – 29, 2014 in Perth, Western Australia is calling for full papers, case studies and oral presentations on the following themes:

Theme 1 China outbound tourism market

 Positioning Western Australia (and Perth) in the China market
 Chinese backpacker market
 Cruise and boating/sailing market from China
 Impact of China Tourism Law (2013)
 Independent travellers vs. group tourists from China
 Marketing Australian nature to China
 Profile of nature-based tourists in China
 Self-drive tourism and the Chinese market
 Shopping tourism
 Site management/visitor facility needs in Australia
 Slow tourism (including rural and small town tourism)
 Tour guiding requirements in the Australian context
 Tourist behaviour management  

Theme 2 Nature based tourism in the Asian Century

 Aboriginal tourism
 Adventure tourism in Western Australia
 Coastal/waterfront tourism
 Monitoring visitor activity
 Role of Australian protected areas and wildlife
 Sustainable experiences
 Sustainable wildlife tourism management in Australia
 Visitor management in natural areas
 Wine tourism  

Theme 3 City tourism in the Asian Century

 Australian cities as quality tourism destinations
 Business events (MICE – meetings, incentives, conventions,exhibitions)
 Chinese cities and the concept of the world tourism city
 City parks and open spaces
 Concept of nature in the city as a tourist attraction
 Festivals and events
 Food tourism
 Green cities
 Heritage and cultural tourism in Australian cities
 Perth as a liveable and world tourism city
 Smart tourism   
For oral presentations please submit abstracts of 250 words to Associate ProfessorDavid Newsome Email: 

We are also inviting abstracts of 1,000 words for full papers for possible inclusion in the referred proceedings and expanded papers of up to 8,000 words for publication in the International Journal of Tourism Cities. Please contact Associate Professor David Newsome for further information.