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IGU Pre-Conference Symposium 2012

C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S

International Geographical Union Pre-Conference Symposium
Transforming and Managing Destinations:
Tourism and Leisure in a Time of Global Change and Risks

Trier (Germany)
22–25 August 2012

Organised by:
IGU Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change/
UGI Géographie du Tourisme et des Loisirs et Changement Global
Working Group Leisure and Tourism Geography of the German Geographic Society/
Arbeitskreis Freizeit- und Tourismusgeographie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie

How is the perception of the attractiveness and uniqueness of a destination influenced by demographic and social changes? How the attractiveness can be maintained or enhanced? What elements and processes guide the development, and how does tourism evolve and transform with time? These are some of the fundamental questions in geographical tourism research in which this symposium will focus.

Constant change is typical of tourism as a spatial and social phenomenon. Tourist destinations, activities, products, segments, mobilities etc. are constantly changing and they are also transforming the physical, social, cultural and economic environment of tourism. This dualistic nature of tourism has contributed to regional development and economic growth, in general, but also created challenges and problems to environment. In addition, the intensified global change, including globalisation, has created risks for tourism development and tourist destinations. All this calls for better knowledge on tourism and tourism development and management, and also more sustainable practices in growth management.

The overall purpose of this symposium is to discuss the transformation of tourism as a geographical idea and the management of tourist destinations in a time of intensified global changes and evolving risks. A special aim is to stimulate discussions on the geographical relations between tourism development, global change and risks. Prospective themes for presentations include but are not limited to:
•    Tendencies in tourism development
•    Challenges for the positioning of tourist destinations
•    Achieving sustainability in tourism
•    Governance aspects in destination development
•    The role of communities and local cultures in tourism development
•    Tourism and global risks
•    Globalisation, economic crisis and tourism
•    Tourism landscapes and heritage in change
•    Risk management in tourism
•    Power issues in tourism
•    Inequalities and exclusion in tourism development
•    Innovations in tourism development

Submission and Review Process
The symposium language is English. Abstracts (limited to 300 words) should be send to
1)    Andreas Kagermeier ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and
2)    Jarkko Saarinen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
by 31 January 2011.

The abstracts will be reviewed. Because of time and room restrictions the conference committee (the Commission Board and Local Organisers) is only able to accept a limited number of paper presentations.

Important dates:
Abstract submission                            31 January 2012
Notification is acceptance                   15 February 2012
Registration and payment                  10 April 2012
Papers for conference proceedings    31 May 2012

The entire Call for Papers can be downloaded here:

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