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TTRA 2015 European Chapter Conference. Inssbruck, Austria, 22.-24.04.2015
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2nd Call for Papers:

Extended abstract proposals (max. 5 pages plus references) due by 

January 16th , 2015


TTRA 2015 European Chapter Conference

April 22-24, 2015

MCI Tourism, Innsbruck, Austria




Objectives of the conference:

TTRA Europe invites researchers and practitioners to share their research and expertise in order to shed more light upon the processes of service innovation in tourism, hospitality firms and tourism destinations. This is an opportunity to explore the internal and external determinants of innovation both within firms and destinations, and across countries and cultures to better understand patterns of innovation management in the wider tourism industry. Furthermore, we wish to explore new approaches to innovation management to inform future research and explore their managerial implications for destinations and tourism businesses. The conference will provide a platform for researchers and experts in the tourism industry and encourages young scholars to discuss their work with thought leaders and practitioners.


Submissions of presentations, papers and posters are invited relating, but not exclusively, to the following themes:

Linking Urban and Rural Tourism: Strategies in Sustainability. Fairfax, USA, 13.-17.09.2015
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Linking Urban and Rural Tourism: Strategies in Sustainability

September 13 to 17, 2015

Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A

Conference papers will be considered for publication in an edited book to be published by Routledge

Keynote Speakers

Professor Russell Brayley, George Mason University, Virginia USA

Professor Robert Maitland, University of Westminster, London, England


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A 500 word abstract must be submitted by January 31st, 2015.  Conference papers may be submitted after this deadline, but will not be considered for publication within the edited book.

The aim of this conference is to provide the first comprehensive set of tourism debates surrounding the linkage of urban and rural tourism strategies as they relate to sustainable tourism development.  As a form of integrated tourism, destinations rely on regional strategies to support and enhance the tourism product through regional partnerships. By moving away from a strict vertical business or industry approach to integration, the goal is to provide insight into inclusive regional development strategies that support both the needs of urban and rural areas whilst enhancing the tourist experience, supporting the positive impacts of tourism and mitigating the negative.

Integrated tourism is defined as tourism that is explicitly linked to the economic, social, cultural, natural and human structures of the region in which it occurs (Oliver & Jenkins, 2005). Integrated tourism has evolved to include numerous meanings and definitions, such as: institutional integration involving numerous tourism agencies into partnerships or other formal semi-permanent structures; economic integration which addresses different economic sectors with tourism; policy integration which assesses the broader national and regional goals for economic growth, diversification and development; and personal integration relating to tourists as ‘guests’ and their interactions with host communities (Jenkins & Oliver, 2001). Integrated tourism also seeks a participatory approach to tourism development by encouraging a larger degree of participation, decision-making, power, and ownership of resources in the local tourism sector (Mitchell & Eagles, 2001).  Oliver and Jenkins (2010) summarize: “the concept of ‘integrated tourism’ can be understood as an aid to understanding tourism’s potential to sustain the rural (and urban) landscape” (p. 296).

However, the unification of urban and rural tourism development strategies is surprisingly mute in integrated tourism research and sustainable development.  Regional studies tend to portray either an urban or rural focus without acknowledging that often these spaces constitute joint governance structures, similar historical and cultural roots, and economic dependencies.  Sustainable tourism promotes sourcing local, such as using rural agricultural products in urban tourism experiences (Tapper, 2001). Furthermore, new marketing strategies linking tourism heritage, food and drink trails, and other rural attractions with urban visitors, is on the rise (Rogerson, 2007).

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ICCG 2015: PRECARIOUS RADICALISM ON SHIFTING GROUNDS [...], Ramallah, Palestine, 26.-30.07.2015
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ICCG 2015



26-30 JULY 2015  |  Ramallah, Palestine


The sense of revolutionary times triggered by recent events such as the Greek revolts, the Indignados and Occupy movements, as well as the Arab uprisings and the Idle No More protests in Canada, has been gradually overshadowed by a wave of virulent and violent responses by both state and global powers. Although these and other struggles have captured our imagination, an anxious feeling of being in a permanent state of crisis seems to have taken over as we observe an increase in and normalization of socio-economic and spatial inequalities and political repression against the population. This regression, which takes the form of a rise on authoritarianisms, revanchists’ responses, encroachment of fundamental rights, precarity of subsistence, social relations, employment, or the consolidation of populist right wing and fundamentalist movements, is to a large extent eclipsing and undermining the political space and fundamental work of individuals, communities and movements around the world. It certainly is a precarious time for radicalism. This grim landscape inevitably raises crucial questions about the current moment and its prospects. Are we witnessing and experiencing a fundamental historical shift? If so, how are we to interpret this transition? Or can these times be transformed into a moment of political possibility by reconsidering and/or expanding existing paradigms as well as by reconnecting solidarities and struggles?

The aim of the 7th International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG 2015) is to provide an inclusive venue for the discussion of these and other themes that examine the geographies of critical social theory and progressive political praxis. Despite the significance of the issues at stake, we hope to create a fun, engaging and friendly atmosphere that welcomes a wide array of scholars, activists, artists, organizers and others interested in critical socio-spatial praxis.

The ICCG 2015 will be organized around nine main themes (see below) that connect to and expand the conference underlying subject, that is ‘Precarious Radicalism On Shifting Grounds: Towards a Politics of Possibility’.

Deadline for submissions has been extended to 20 December 2014.

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