Upcoming Forums and Conferences in 2015
Yancheng to host International Ecotourism Forum in May 2015
The 1st Yancheng International Ecotourism Forum is to be held in Funing, Yancheng on 15th June 2015.Yancheng’s Tourism Administration and ITSA will cooperate on the forum. The event will promote Yancheng’s brand and establish Yancheng’s international reputation in ecotourism planning in domestic and overseas tourism markets.
World Island Tourism Conference to be held in Zhoushan
The Provincial Government of Zhejiang Province plans to hold the World Island Tourism Conference in September, 2015. The purpose is to show the unique charm of island tourism and to make Zhoushan well known around the world. ITSA will assist with the conference through international marketing and providing island tourism experts from China and abroad. The experts who will participate in the conference will offer sound advice and suggestions on how to enhance island tourism in the future.
ITSA Experts Help Cangyuan, Yunnan Province in its Vision to Become an International Tourism Destination Resort Area
Cangyuan is located in Lincang in western Yunnan Province next to the border with Myanmar. ITSA was invited by the Government of Lincang to provide its international tourism expertise to provide recommendations on the future development of the sector. ITSA’s task was to assist the government by:
Investigating first-hand the existing tourism products and services in Cangyuan.
Assessing the standards of what is currently offered against international norms.
Recommending how existing standards need to be improved to bring them up to international levels.
Providing strategic recommendations for international tourism product development and marketing.
Verifying Cangyuan as an international tourism holiday resort area (Gouji Luyou Dujia Qu).
From May 27 to June 4, 2014, a team of four ITSA experts along with Yetian Ouyang visited Cangyuan and conducted a detailed site investigation. The team included Prof. David Newsome of Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia; Prof. Ghazali Musa of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; Mr. Oliver Sedlinger (former Director of German Tourist Office in China) of Sedlinger Associates, Beijing; and Prof. Alastair Morrison of Purdue University, Indiana, USA. The team was specially chosen for its expertise in nature-based tourism and ecotourism; cultural-heritage tourism including minority ethnic group tourism; tourism planning and development; and destination management and marketing.
At a wrap-up review meeting on June 4th, Prof. Morrison, the team leader, identified potential USPs for international tourism development and marketing as the “five Ws”: Wa culture; Wonder – Karst landscape and features, including ancient rock paintings; Wellness – Tea, including ancient tea trees (potentially mud); Wander – Proximity to Myanmar; and Wild – Plants and animals (particularly elephants, monkeys, and birds). The expert team described eight innovative tourism development projects that Cangyuan should contemplate, plus the needed upgrading and improvements of the basic facilities, maintenance, and management at sites visited, and in facilities such as hotels and restaurants.
On July 25th, 2014 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Prof. Morrison presented a certificate to Cangyuan leaders. He said that the four ITSA international experts had provided Cangyuan with detailed recommendations for: nature-based tourism and ecotourism; culture, heritage, and minority ethnic group tourism; cross-border tourism, China-Myanmar; and international tourism marketing. Prof. Morrison also said that Cangyuan was well on the way to satisfying all of these criteria and therefore ITSA formally acknowledged this by awarding a certificate. He said that Cangyuan had a great future vision for tourism and ITSA was delighted to play a role in helping to achieve it.
Prof. Morrison presents certificate to Cangyuan leaders in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People.
A second visit to Cangyuan was held from August 25-29, 2014, when Prof. Morrison and Oliver Sedlinger returned to follow up on the team’s recommendations. At a ceremony in the Calabash Village further certificates were presented to Cangyuan for its progress on specialized types of tourism.
ITSA ABSTRACT GUIDELINES 2014
ITSA invites the submission of abstracts on original work for consideration for the Conference Program.
Participation in the ITSA Conference can take a number of forms:
- Presenting an oral presentation
- Presenting a poster
Abstracts are invited on original research in the following areas or streams:
China Outbound Tourism Market 2. Marketing Australian nature to China 3.Profile of nature based tourists in China 4.Tour guiding requirements in the Australian context 5. Tourist behaviour management
2. Marketing Australian nature to China
3.Profile of nature based tourists in China
4.Tour guiding requirements in the Australian context
5. Tourist behaviour management
City Tourism in the Asian Century
2. Business events (MICE – meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions)
3. Chinese cities and the concept of the world tourism city
4. Concept of nature in the city as a tourist attraction
5. Perth as a liveable and world tourism city
Nature Based Tourism in the Asian Century 2. Visitor management in natural areas 3. Wildlife tourism management in Australia 4. Adventure tourism in WA 5. Aboriginal tourism
2. Visitor management in natural areas
3. Wildlife tourism management in Australia
4. Adventure tourism in WA
5. Aboriginal tourism
Please note, the ITSA Conference committee are also looking for expression of interest to submit:
- Up to 1,000 words for full papers for possible inclusion in the referred proceedings
- Up to 8,000 for expanded papers for possible publication in the International Journal of Tourism Cities
Authors can request consideration for the1000 & 8000 word papers when submitting their 250 word abstract.
General Policies and Requirements
- All abstracts submitted for presentation at the ITSA Conference must contain original research that has not been previously presented, scheduled for presentation or published. Research that has been submitted for review or is in press at the time of submission can be submitted for presentation
- All abstracts must be submitted online using the conference website www.promaco.com.au/itsa2014
- All communication regarding the abstract submitted will be sent to the listed presenting author. You MUST ensure this author is aware that they need to register to be included in the program. Alternatively they can email email@example.com and change the presenting author listed.
- Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words
- The abstract should provide sufficient detail to represent accurately the intended presentation but should not include diagrams or graphs.
- Completing the ‘theme’ and ‘sub-theme’ sections on the submission will assist the committee in allocating the presentation, if accepted.
- At least one author for each abstract that is accepted for presentation in the Conference Program is expected to register and pay to attend the Conference to present their research. All of the costs to attend the Conference, including the registration fee, must be paid by presenters. ITSA does not pay honoraria for any presentations
- Presenters of oral presentations will have 13 minute timeslots, plus 2 minutes for discussion.
- During the conference, a climate of free exchange and constructive criticism is encouraged. It is also important to demonstrate respect for colleagues/presenters with different perspectives and methodologies/methods
- For those presenting their abstract in poster format, it is expected that one of the authors be present at their poster during specified poster viewing times to discuss their research with fellow delegates
- The organising committee has the right to refuse or accept any submission as well as allocating the presentation type even if this differs from that applied for
- By submitting an abstract, you are agreeing to the conference’s abstract policies and guidelines.
Note to Authors
Each presenting author will be required to register and pay for the Conference by the author registration deadline to ensure their abstract(s) are included in the final program. Authors who do not register by the deadline will be removed from the Conference Program. All costs to attend the Conference, including the registration fee, must be met by presenters. You MUST let the conference organisers know if the presenting author changes.
Only the presenting author will be contacted by email regarding acceptance or otherwise of the submitted abstract.
All Conference Abstracts accepted for the ITSA Conference Program are made available to delegates in the conference program.
Please note that the copyright of the conference proceedings belongs to ITSA, but the copyright of the individual abstracts belongs to the authors.
Accepted authors will be contacted 1-2 weeks before the conference to let them know about their presentation time and day and other presentation info.
Abstract & Poster Review Process
Abstracts submitted for oral and poster presentation at the Conference will be reviewed and authors will be advised of their acceptance and presentation type.
The review criteria include:
- Significance/importance of the topic
- Aims and objectives
- Quality of analysis/coherence of argument
- Relevance of findings for theory/policy/practice
- Overall evaluation (including contribution)
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: June 20th 2014
5th ITSA Biennial Conference, November 2014,Perth,WA: Second Call for Papers.
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
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
Adventure tourism in Western Australia
Monitoring visitor activity
Role of Australian protected areas and wildlife
Sustainable wildlife tourism management in Australia
Visitor management in natural areas
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
Heritage and cultural tourism in Australian cities
Perth as a liveable and world tourism city
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.
ITSA and 2013 Academic conference of Eastern Foothills of Helan Mountain of International Organisation Vine and Wine
From left to right: William H. Pelzer, French; Ming Yang, Manager of Changyu Pioneer Wine Company; Prof. Bihu Wu, ITSA Secretary-General; Heinz Schuhmann, PATA; Huirong Shen, ex-officer of China National Tourism Administration); Marie Jacob, France
September 23-25, 2013, Professor Wu Bihu, the Secretary-General of the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) was invited as an honored guest to attend the 2013 Academic Conference of the Eastern Foothills of Helan Mountain on International Organisation Vine and Wine in Ningxia, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
During the sessions on Wine and Tourism, Professor Wu Bihu discussed the development of wine tourism in the Eastern Foothills of Helan Mountain in Ningxia along with other experts from different areas. He made an excellent speech and proposed that the name of Eastern Foothills of Helan Mountain should be changed to Helan Mountain, which is more easily communicated and remembered, and other experts agreed with this suggestion. After the conference,Professor Wu Bihu met the President of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Mrs. Hui Liu and they discussed all issues regarding the development of wine tourism in Ningxia.
The eastern part of Helan Mountains in Ningxia, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is a rapidly-emerging wine region in Asia. With the fast progress of the wine industry in Ningxia, the government has given approval to the development of the eastern base of Helan Mountains as an area suitable for wine production. Wineries have sprung up like mushrooms and wine tourism has truly arrived in the area. To encourage the development of wine tourism, the Ningxia government has commissioned the International Center for Recreation and Tourism Research (CRTR) to evaluate the ranking of tourism wineries in Ningxia.
5th ITSA Biennial Conference, November 2014,Perth, WA: Call for Papers.
Theme: 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 in November 2014, Perth, Western Australia is calling for full papers, case studies and oral presentations on the following themes:
- 1. China outbound tourism market
Becoming China ready – research need Site management/visitor facility needs in Australia Marketing Australian nature to China Profile of nature-based tourists in China Positioning Western Australia (and Perth) in the China market Tour guiding requirements in the Australian context
- 2. Nature based tourism in the Asian Century
The role of Australian protected areas and wildlife Sustainable experiences Visitor management in natural areas Monitoring visitor activity Sustainable wildlife tourism management in Australia
- 3. City tourism in the Asian Century
The value of Asia-Australia sister state and sister city relationships/partnerships The concept of nature in the city as a tourist attraction Chinese cities and the concept of the world tourism city Australian cities as quality tourism destinations
We are also inviting abstracts of 1000 words for full papers for possible inclusion in the referred proceedings and expanded papers of up to 8000 words for publication in the International Journal of Tourism Cities Please contact Associate Professor David Newsome for further information.
ITSA signs MoU with IULM in Milan, Italy
Milan, June 2013. During his visit to Milan, Prof. Alastair M. Morrison, President of ITSA signed an MOU with Prof. Manuela De Carlo, IULM University to collaborate with each other so as to promote the advancement of international understanding, dissemination of learning and strengthening of cultural ties.
The aim of the MoU is to share a mutual intent to support and promote academic collaboration, including conferences, workshops, seminars, and symposiums. The agreement will be valid for the period of 5 years, during which period the two parties will commit to joint research and publishing on topics including the inbound and outbound markets and marketing for Italy and Mainland China, urban and city tourism, heritage and cultural tourism, food and wine tourism, information communication technologies in tourism, destination management and marketing, tourism policies and planning, tourism research methodologies, tourism development, and other topics of mutual interest. The collaboration will also include also participation in the International Journal of Tourism Cities (IJTC), several projects to promote greater tourism and cultural understanding between Italy and China, and other collaborative projects of mutual interest. This MoU is a good opportunity to enhance cultural and tourism relationships between China and Italy.
Announcement from International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA)
ITSA cancels Mongolia International Tourism Theme Conference
Dear ITSA Members,
ITSA sincerely apologizes for its decision to cancel the proposed International Theme Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in October 2013. This is due to recent government policy changes in Mongolia and the lack of local financial and logistical support.
This decision does not influence ITSA’s enthusiasm to assist with Mongolia’s future tourism development. ITSA hopes to organize other events in Mongolia in the future.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of this event.
Best ITSA Regards,
International Tourism Studies Association
ITSA Executives Appointed to Provide Expert Advice to WTCF
Beijing- June 25th Prof. Alastair M. Morrison, President of ITSA has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the Expert Committee of the World Tourism Cities Federation (“WTCF”). Professor Bihu Wu, Secretary-General of ITSA, was invited as a founding member of the WTCF Expert Committee. Both positions were made by Cheng Hong, Vice Mayor of Beijing and Lu Yong, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Cities Federation and the Head of Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development The Expert Committee is a high-level, advisory group to WTCF and also functions as a think-tank. It is composed of 15 world-renowned university and industry experts providing WTCF with intellectual support through research and functioning as an academic exchange platform for increasing the global development of tourism in cities.
The leadership of this new group consists of Prof. Xiaoan Wei, Expert Committee Chairman and Professor of the China Tourism Academy, Prof. Morrison of Purdue University and President of ITSA, Prof. Hui Zhang of Beijing Jiaotong University, and Prof. Tongqian Zou of Beijing International Studies University.
The Expert Committee is established as a non-governmental organization of World Tourism Cities Federation by the Chinese Government with foreign expert leaders in the highest positions. Prof. Morrison will be primarily responsible for the Research Committee of the expert group and for the professional development and global marketing strategy for guiding international research projects.
Background on WTCF: First proposed by the Beijing Municipality, the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) is the world’s first non-profit international non-governmental organization which is co-initiated by a number of international tourism cities with voluntarily memberships by tourism cities and other tourism organizations around the world. With “to create better city life through better tourism” as its motto, WTCF is committed to promoting exchanges and cooperation among member cities, creating opportunities for members to share experiences in tourism development, exploring tourism issues and problems, strengthening development and cooperation in tourism markets, enhancing the development levels of tourism, and promoting the coordinated economic and social development of world tourism cities.
ITSA-Italy International Theme Conference
Milan, June, 2013 The Regional Vice President of ITSA for Western Europe, Professor Manuela De Carlo has proposed that an International Theme Conference be held in Milan, Italy in late July, 2014. The ITSA Secretariat has agreed to co-organize this conference and especially since ITSA’s 2nd Biennial Conference in 2008 in Shanghai had a similar theme in advance of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
The synergies between Shanghai World Expo 2010 and Milan World Expo 2015.
The many interrelationships of food and tourism.
It is proposed that students in the Master in Tourism Management at IULM will assist with the organization of the ITSA International Theme Conference.