Programs and Services

ITSA offers an abundance of programs, conferences, and activities for members all year long. These include research partnerships, biennial conferences, topical forums, conference publications, a newsletter, a brand-new web presence, and activities for young scholars and emerging organizations specializing in hospitality, travel, and  tourism in fast-growing economies.

Joining World-Class Scholars

Research partnerships, data collection, interpretation, and publication are cornerstones of ITSA’s program activity. When you join ITSA, you will become part of a distinguished group of tourism scholars from universities and research institutions worldwide.  From Peking University to Purdue University, from South Africa to Canada and Mongolia, ITSA scholars engage in groundbreaking activities.

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Upcoming Conferences and Forums

 

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6th ITSA Biennial Conference 2016
The 6th ITSA Biennial Conference will be held in London on the campus of the University of Greenwich in August 2016. The event will be hosted by the Department of Marketing, Events and Tourism (MET) in the Business School and James Kennell will serve as the Conference Chair. The theme of the 6th ITSA Biennial Conference will focus on urban tourism and tourism cities. Several sub-themes will be incorporated including: heritage and cultural tourism in urban and peri-urban environments; river and waterfront tourism; events and festivals; and the Chinese outbound market to the UK and Europe.
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Past Biennial Conferences

1st: “Tourism and the New Asia” was held in Beijing on August 9-12, 2006

Over 300 delegates from 30 countries and regions all over the world participated in this international academic conference, focusing on the dynamic economic, geopolitical and social developments taking place within Asia and their likely impacts on international tourism.

This conference was intended to foster dialogue among interested actors from the academic, political and industry sectors, about the relations between mega-events and urban tourism. The conference was held at Shanghai after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and before the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.  The conference addressed economic, cultural, and political issues in event tourism, including all scales of local and international events in cities.

2nd: “Globalization, Tourism & Development: Mega-events and Urban Tourism” was held in Shanghai on November 6-9, 2008

This conference was intended to foster dialogue among interested actors from the academic, political and industry sectors about the relations between mega-events and urban tourism. The conference was held at Shanghai after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and before the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The focus was on how international mega-events influence the tourism industry in urban areas, including their economic, political, social and cultural impacts. The conference also addressed issues in event tourism, including all scales of local and international events in cities.

3rd: “Cross Cultural Tourism in and beyond Asia” was held in Shah Alam, Malaysia from November 30-December 3, 2010.

The third ITSA Conference was held at the Universiti-Teknologi Mara in Malaysia jointly organized with the 4th Malaysian Tourism Outlook Forum. The ITSA Secretariat in Beijing worked with a UiTM Conference Committee, headed by Dr. Nor’Ain Othman, Deputy Dean (Research & Industry Linkages) and under the overall guidance of Dean Azis Majid. This was the first-ever ITSA Biannual Conference to be held outside of Mainland China and it was an unequivocal success thanks to the generous support and great organization by the Faculty of Hotel & Tourism Management at UiTM.

4th: “Challenges and Contemporary Solutions for Tourism Destination and Cultural Planning, Development, and Marketing,” held in Bali, Indonesia from August 23-25, 2012.

This 4th Biennial ITSA Conference brings together the world’s leading scholars of tourism to discuss Asian destination planning, development, and marketing.  Keynotes and conference special sessions place special emphasis on cultural heritage, geotourism, and sustainable resort development.

5th: “Tourism, Cities and the Environment in the Asian Century,” held in Perth, WA from November 26-29, 2014,Perth, WA
 

Awards and Certifications


ITSA provides awards and certifications to members, including ‘Best Paper Awards’ at forums and conferences. When you become a member, you receive official certification of membership in our non-profit organization.

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