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theALPS 2015, Val di Fassa, Moena, Italy; 06./07.09.2015
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Dear Colleagues! Dear Tourism Experts! Dear Tourism Innovators!

Please find below information of this year’s AlpNet Research Award: They are searching for interesting contribution in the field of
"Bike Tourism in Mountain Destinations“:

The AlpNet Research Award
„Bike Tourism in Mountain Destinations“

The AlpNet was founded to promote and secure the Alpine tourism development: It currently has  8 official partner regions:  Bern, Graubünden, Lucerne, Rhone Alpes, South Tirol, Tirol, Trentino and Wallis.

Every year the AlpNet stages the international event „theALPS“ which brings together Alpine tourism managers. This year theALPS 2015 will take place in Val di Fassa , Moena, from the 6th– 8th of September, in the AlpNet-Region of Trentino, Italy.

The overall theme of this year’s event and the topic of the AlpNet Research Study is " Bike Tourism in Mountain Destinations".  As an integral part of The AlpNet’s vision the networks attempts to build a bridge between research and Alpine tourism: therefore starting with 2015 we are looking for the most interesting research contributions on „biking in mountain destinations”  (e.g. mountain biking, downhill parks, dirt park biking, tour and e-biking).

You are eligible to apply when you

...are or you were undertaking a research in the field of mountain/alpine biking

...wrote and maybe published your master thesis/dissertation/PhD in this field of research or

...co-authored a project study in this field of research

How can you apply?

Send in a one-page summary of your work to express your interest until July 15th 2015 to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , General Secretary Bettina Haas.

The jury will respond until July 25th of 2015 and inform you whether you are invited to join us at theALPS 2015 in Trentino, Italy

Anyway .... please join us from 6th– 8th of September in the AlpNet Region of Trentino and

Present your work in a 10 min presentation on the 7th of September in front of our theALPS jury

What are your benefits!?

You receive an award from a respected international tourism association!

You do not need to register for theALPS: you are invited!

Transport and accommodation costs are all covered

Be part of the greatest Alpine tourism network and get together with potential employers and/or partners.


See the official website HERE 

Wildlife Tourism Conference 2015, Victoria (Geelong), Australia, 29.09.-02.10.2015
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Wildlife Tourism Conference, September/October 2015

“Wildlife Tourism: a Force for Biodiversity Conservation and Local Economies?”

29th September to 2nd October 2015, Victoria (exact venue TBC but most likely Geelong, west of Melbourne)


Koala in You Yangs, Victoria. Photo: Echidna Walkabout

So far the program includes:

  • Saturday to Tuesday 26-29th September – pre-workshop field trips
  • Tuesday 29th September – late afternoon or evening opening reception
  • Wednesday to Friday 30th Sep to 2nd Oct – morning presentations and afternoon roundtable discussions
  • Saturday and Sunday 3-4th October – post-workshop field trips

Tentative Wednesday to Friday program:

Wednesday: international aspects

  • How do other countries value, present and manage wildlife tourism?
  • Which countries have associations similar to Wildlife Tourism Australia, and what are their roles?
  • What is new in wildlife tourism in our our nearest neighbours (New Zealand, New Guinea, Southeast Asia, Antarctica, and could there be more cross-promotion of wildlife travel between our countries, and promotion of our general regin to the rest of the world?

Thursday: contributions of tourism to conservation

  • What is already working well, both in Australia and elsewhere?
  • What is the potential for increased contribution by wildlife tourism and the tourism industry in general to conservation of wildlife and habitats (which can include monetary contributions, habitat restoration, public education, conservation breeding, citizen science etc.)

Friday: the value of wildlife tourism to local economies

  • What do we already know of the contributions of wildlife tourism to local and regional economies?
  • What kinds of wildlife tourism can encourage tourists to visit less-traveled regions, spend an extra night , or make repeat visits?
  • What obstacles are faced by small businesses and NGOs trying to stay afloat while offering wildlife experiences and interpretation to visitors?

Remember the above is tentative, and could be subject to change in coming months

Expression of interest and Call for Abstracts:

Invitation for International Cooperation
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Invitation for International Cooperation

from the

Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service


Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service is the only institute in Uzbekistan preparing students in the field of services (trade, finance & TOURISM). The aim of institute is training high-qualified specialists in the the field of services, especially tourism services.

Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service has three faculties (“Economics and Management”, “Service and Tourism” and “Finances and Bank Services”). The Institute offers 13 Bachelor programmes, 8 Master programmes and 4 paths of post-graduate courses.

The teaching staff of the Institute includes 184 teachers and professors, one of them is a member of Academy, 14 are Doctors of Sciences, 86 are PhDs, and 4 are members of International Academia of Informatization. The total number of students is 1976.

The Faculty of Services & Tourism of the Samarkand Institute of Economics & Services is seeking international cooperation and collboration in the following fields:

  • Organizing international practice seminars and summer school for international and local students. Students will be able to combine theoretical knowledge with practice (on jointly organized programs), and to participate in trainings and competitions that are conducted by international and local specialists in the field of tourism and services, with the subsequent issuance of the certificate.
  • Student & staff excahnge programs under the umbrella of ERASMUS+ (EU Higher Education Program)
  • Participation in the annual International Youth Tourist Festival “ Samarkand – the Pearl of East”, which takes place in the suburban eco-complex Mirankul, where you can learn the culture and traditions of Uzbek people, our nature and, of course, taste the flavor and charm of our products and fruits.
To support the travel needs of international students and staff the institute has founded the travel company “SamISI Sayyoh Plus”, which can arrange tours to the cities of Uzbekistan and other additional services.

If you are interested in any kind of academic collaboration and exchange please contact Mrs. Dilbar Khasanovna Aslanovathe, the vice rector of science, via e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Surface Mail Address:
Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service, Amir Timur st., 9, Samarkand, 140 100 Uzbekistan
Tel.:        +998 66 2332838,              Fax:         +998 66 2311253

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