IT’S A Newsletter May 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019 | Comments Off on IT’S A Newsletter May 2019

The latest edition of our newsletter is out today. In it, you can read updates from ITSA members in Indonesia, Serbia, New Zealand and China, as well as information about an upcoming ITSA event in Japan. As well as this, there is lots of news from ITSA’s journal, the International Journal of Tourism Cities. You can download the newsletter here, or click the image below.

The 1st ITSA Asia-Pacific Tourism Symposium

Posted on May 6, 2019 | Comments Off on The 1st ITSA Asia-Pacific Tourism Symposium

Tourism and traditional landscapes: Sustainability, revitalization and resiliency

The 1st ITSA Asia-Pacific Tourism Symposium

Co-organized by

The International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA)


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) 

Host place: Beppu, Ōita, Japan

Date: August 20th to 24th 2019

Call for papers:

The aim of this symposium is to promote knowledge about traditional landscapes in urban and rural areas in Japan and around the world with focus on the role of tourism in sustaining such landscapes. It brings scholars and professionals together to share lessons learned from the communities who have sustained their traditional landscapes, as well as to discuss the challenges that communities are facing in revitalizing of traditional landscapes and  sustainability problems.

Besides panel discussions, several excursions will be organized that take participants to on site workshops near Beppu. The excursions will provide the opportunity for participants to collect firsthand information and direct observation of Japanese traditional landscapes and their-related tourism businesses, and how tourism is used in Japan as an important means to protect and revitalize traditional culture and landscapes. If you are willing to attend and present at the symposium, please submit a 250 words abstract of related research before May 31st, 2019, and we will notify you before June 20st, 2019 if your work is accepted. Please send the abstract to Professor Ying Zhang. Email:

Topics of interests:

The submission of abstracts in the following areas is particularly encouraged: 

  • Rural tourism
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Community-based tourism
  • Health and wellness tourism
  • Agri-heritage tourism
  • Cultural heritage tourism
  • Food tourism
  • Sports tourism
  • tourism at national parks and/or protected-areas
  • Art and craft tourism
  • Marine and coastal tourism
  • Wine tourism
  • Forest tourism

Conference schedule

Day Date Morning Afternoon Notes
1 August 20 Opening ceremony / Keynote(s) Parallel panels Gala dinner
2 August 21 On site workshop 1  
3 August 22 On site workshop 2  
4 August 23 On site workshop 3  
5 August24 Panel discussion base on excursions Conclusion and future planning   

On Site Workshops

Base on the theme of the symposium and the community capacity, the following workshops on excursions will be organized for conference participants.

Workshop venue Workshop information 
kannawa /Myoban area A one day workshop to Kannawa area in Beppu city.  Natural resources (mainly hot spring) for Spa and food tourism will be demonstrated in this workshop and the local community’s participation will be studied.
Usa Jingu/ Futago A case study of Futago will be analyzed. Kunisaki Peninsula is unique and famous in Japan for synchronized Buddhism and Shintoism. Temples and shrines in this region are  connected and provide a case study of authentic cultural heritage resource for tourism. You can visit several sites that explain this concept.  
Bamboo Artist and Museum A one day workshop about traditional heritage. Beppu city is famous for Bamboo crafting.  Plenty  of Bamboo forest available in form of unmanaged landscape. Chikurin Japanese term for managed forest and participants can explore both environments

 Notes: 1.All workshops start at 9 a.m and finish at 4 p.m.

IT’S A Newsletter December 2018

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 | Comments Off on IT’S A Newsletter December 2018

The latest ITSA newsletter is out today!  In it, you can read items from ITSA members in Iran, the USA, the UK, Germany South Africa, as well as information about ITSA’s journal, The International Journal of Tourism Cities.  This is the final newsletter to feature a message from ouroutgoing President, Professor Phillip Pearce, and we look forward to welcoming ournew President, Professor Xinan Lehto, in the new year!

You can read the newsletter by clicking on its front cover, below:

Draft Conference Timetable for ITSA 2018

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Draft Conference Timetable for ITSA 2018

The draft conference timetable for ITSA 2018 in South Africa is now available and you can download it here.  The timetable shows the current spread of papers across the 8 conference themes, as well as the programme of keynote speakers.

If you haven’t yet registered, you can do it online here.

Register now for ITSA 2018 in South Africa!

Posted on May 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Register now for ITSA 2018 in South Africa!

Registration is now open for ITSA 2018 in Tshwane, South Africa.  To register for the conference click here (or visit:  You can read much more about the conference in this information document. The call for papers has also been extended to 1st June 2018 so it is not too late to make your own contribution to this fantastic event!

Have a look below at the list of excellent keynotes and contributors for ITSA 2018:


Conference programme contact:            

Conference contact:                    Samantha:

Accommodation contact:             Pretty:

Tour contact:                              Maphuti:

Emergency contact                     Samantha     +27 (0) 79 144 6712

ITSA 2018 – Submission deadline!

Posted on May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on ITSA 2018 – Submission deadline!

The submission deadline for presentations, abstracts and full papers for ITSA’s 7th Biennial Conference in South Africa is fast approaching.  Make sure to send all of your submissions and any questions to by the 15th May 2018.  The conference is taking place from 6-10th August 2018 in Tshwane, at the world-class CSIR International Conference Center.

You can view all the details of the conference and the call for papers here.

ITSA members at the 2018 t-forum

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 | Comments Off on ITSA members at the 2018 t-forum

ITSA members ran a very successful session at the recent Tourism Intelligence Forum in Mallorca, Spain. The session was titled ‘Chinese Outbound Tourism: Practical Implications for Businesses‘ and it was chaired by ITSA President Professor Phillip Pearce.  The session featured contributions from Prof Worlfgang Georg Arlt and Dr Carol Zhang, both ITSA members, as well as from Professor Jafar Jafari.

ITSA members and Professor Jafar Jafari

Professor Pearce was also awarded the Valene Smith award for the best paper at the conference, for his paper about  how tourists could be smart in their own behaviour to reduce the negative effects of too many tourists and high impacts.

Professor Peace presenting at t-Forum 2018

London Office launch event – live stream

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 | Comments Off on London Office launch event – live stream

There will be a live stream of the launch event for ITSA’s new London Office, which is being held at the University of Greenwich from 5pm UK time on Friday 9th February.  The stream will feature:

Professor Dr David Maguire, Vice Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, UK

Professor Dr Xinran Lehto, President of ITSA and Professor of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Purdue University, USA

Professor Dr Wolfgang Georg Alt, ITSA Vice President for Western Europe and Director of the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute, Germany

You will be able to view the live stream of the event via our facebook or twitter pages – please watch and join in the conversation online!

IJTC now on Scopus

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 | Comments Off on IJTC now on Scopus

We are pleased to announce that the International Journal of Tourism Cities is now listed on Scopus. Other listings include the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and the Australian Business Dean Council (ABDC). Look out for a new Special Issue on Dark Tourism in Cities in January 2017. Publishing by Emerald, IJTC is the official journal of ITSA, the International Tourism Studies Association.

IJTC now on Scopus

ITSA 2018, Tshwane, South Africa: CFP

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 | Comments Off on ITSA 2018, Tshwane, South Africa: CFP

We are delighted to announce that the 7th International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennial conference will be hosted by the University of South Africa in the City of Tshwane, from 6-10th August 2018. This conference will co-inside with the 2nd Tourism Educators South Africa (TESA) International Conference. Our sponsors are the South African National Convention Bureau, Gauteng Tourism Authority and the City of Tshwane.

ITSA Biennial conferences have only once been held outside of the Asia-Pacific region, and never before in Africa. ITSA 2018 will take place in a world-class facility, the CSIR International Conference Centre and will give you the opportunity to experience true South African hospitality.

The conference organizers are calling for full papers, case studies, session proposals, poster presentations and oral presentations that are aligned with the core conference theme of “Collaboration and Co-creation Opportunities in Tourism” or within any of the conference sub themes:

Tourism Cities and Urban Tourism
Urban tourism; tourism around major metropolitan regions; destination management; destination marketing; festivals and events in tourism cities; tourism planning; MICE sector and business events.

The Brazilian, Russian, Indian, Chinese, African (BRICS) outbound tourism market
Tourist typologies; marketing; destination welcome; host-guest relations; product development; impacts studies; public policy; human resources development and innovation in tour operations.

Tourism Policy, Planning and Governance
Tourism policy; tourism economics; planning and tourism; governance; public-private partnerships; governments and tourism; tourism, crisis and risk management.

The Blue Ocean Economy and Tourism
Sustainable coastal tourism; cruise tourism; the blue economy; sustainable energy and tourism; coastal communities; marine tourism and related topics in sustainable tourism.

African Union Agenda 2063 and Tourism
Tourism and development; women in tourism; tourism, conflict and peace; tourism and cultural heritage; tourism and identities; tourism development in African countries; tourism and entrepreneurship.

Teaching and Learning in Tourism and Hospitality
Education in tourism, tourism curriculum, decent work in tourism, skills training in tourism, massive open online courses in tourism, use of technology in tourism education, pedagogies in tourism education.

The Future of Tourism and Hospitality in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Era
Trends in hospitality, food and beverage operations, shared economy, management challenges, globalization, mergers and acquisitions, property management, investment, and related topics.

Wildlife Tourism

Role of wildlife tourism in conservation, visitor satisfaction with wildlife tourism operations, conflicts between wildlife tourism and events in protected areas, management of high visitor numbers in protected areas, national parks, national park policies and systems, and related topics.

Please send the abstracts of proposals or poster presentations, using the approved ITSA templates,  to Prof. C Van Zyl, the Chair of the Scientific Committee’s e-mail address:

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: June 1st, 2018
Full Paper Submission Deadline: July 6, 2018

For oral presentations and poster presentations please submit abstracts of 500 words or not more than three pages to , using the ITSA submission templates. These presentations also aim to provide an opportunity for B-degree, Honours or any developing researchers to present their research.  These presentations will not be published in the Proceedings, but will be included in the conference programme.

ITSA also invites abstracts of up to 1,000 words for full papers for possible inclusion in the referred conference proceedings, ISSN-2517-1488, and expanded papers of up to 8,000 words for publication in the International Journal of Tourism Cities, ISSN-2056-5607, published by Emerald-group and ITSA. All full papers must be submitted electronically for a blind-peer review process. All authors will be notified via e-mail regarding the acceptance of the paper when the review process is completed. Refer to the ITSA submission templates for the submission of full papers. Only accepted papers that have undergone a blind peer review process will be included in the Conference Proceedings. At least one author of an accepted paper, as listed in the Proceeding and Final Programme, must register and attend the conference. No substitute presenters for papers/posters will be allowed on any of the papers published in the Proceedings.

Send your submissions to (Prof. C Van Zyl). Full paper submissions will be considered for the Best Paper Awards, which are selected by the Scientific Committee.

All abstracts, full papers, oral –and paper presentations need to be submitted to and templates for these submission can be found here.

To register for the conference click here (or visit:

Conference registration fees*:

  • Early bird registration fees for non- ITSA / TESA members – ZAR 6000.00 (before July 6, 2018)
  • Early bird registration for ITSA and TESA members – ZAR 5000.00 (before July 6, 2018)
  • Conference registration fees after July 6, 2018 – ZAR 7000.00
  • Student registration fees** – ZAR 3000.00
  • Partner / spouse conference registration fees – ZAR 1500.00
  • Workshop registration fees – R2000 per workshop

South Africa was just voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten tourist destinations to visit in the world – we have the venue and destination, and we invite you to be our delegate!


Conference programme contact:            

Conference contact:                    Samantha:

Accommodation contact:             Pretty:

Tour contact:                              Maphuti:

Emergency contact                     Samantha     +27 (0) 79 144 6712


* Conference Registration fees exclude conference tours, travel, accommodation and the attendance of workshops

** Students must be registered at an institution of higher learning. Proof of registration must be submitted to qualify for this fee