Friday, 22 June 2018
Home arrow Tourism Conferences arrow Past Conferences arrow 5th International Multidisciplinary Symposium - ASTRES, La Rochelle, France, 09,.12.06.2015

Fare Buzz Vacation Rentals


Travel Deals to top Destinations. Get yours now

Hotels Combined price comparison engine




Partner in der Touristik Lounge

Travel Deals to top Destinations. Get yours now

5th International Multidisciplinary Symposium - ASTRES, La Rochelle, France, 09,.12.06.2015 PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 0
Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   
5th International Multidisciplinary Symposium - ASTRES

University of La Rochelle, France, 09.-12.06.2015
Call for papers

Submissions Due : 24 Novembre 2015 
Observing Tourists to Better Understand Tourism 
Observing tourists is a topic of growing interest for scientists and the professional or organizational realms of tourism. It seems to be confirmed by the increasing number of observatories managed by scientists or institutional structures. However, each scientific discipline or each professional or institutional actor might use different methods of observing the object, different indicators or scales of measurement, etc. This symposium will be an opportunity to understand these differences and show bridges or gateways between each kind of player. Indeed, the observation of tourists highlights a multidisciplinary interest in scientific observation but also raises the question of an interdisciplinary approach where methods and paradigms can complement each other to observe the tourists and hence better understand tourism.  
Université de La Rochelle - Contact : This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

This conference welcomes papers from different disciplines: management, economy, informatics, law, geography, planning, history, architecture, humanities, languages, geopolitics, sociology, anthropology, and so on. 

Presentations should deal with one of the following themes:

  •  Identification and categorization of tourists: which is observed?
Observing tourists raises the question of 'who is a tourist' and therefore their identification and
categorization. How do we define or characterize the tourist? By the places that s/he visited?
By his/her practices? By his/her status in the place (depending on how s/he is hosted or
introduced to the place)? The answer is not simple. Is it by a single criterion or a combination
of criteria that we can distinguish the tourist?

There are also hybrid or floating categories: secondary residents, boaters, day trippers, etc.
So, when we analyse the number of visitors in a touristic location, it is often difficult to
distinguish between tourists stricto sensus, excursionists or permanent residents. Furthermore,
not only can the links between these different categories of users of touristic places be
interesting to decrypt (ex: tourists accomodated by inhabitants) but also the observation of
the trajectories of the same person in a touristic location (former tourist becomes a secondary
resident, secondary resident gradually becoming permanent resident...)

  • The play of tourist observation stakeholders : who observes?
There are many actors who observe tourists. They have different statutes, skills, scopes of
action, sources of funding: scientists, institutional structures, statistical agencies, research
consultancies, polling institutes, local authorities, tour operators and so on.
The papers might analyse the strategies and inter-relationships between these different actors,
and perhaps show that the act of observing is never neutral.

Are there relationships between stakeholders of observation: sharing, redundancy,
competition, complementarity, etc.? Do these relationships have an effect on methods of
observation? Within a framework of increasing competition between touristic locations, it seems that the act of observation becomes more and more institutionalized through the development of
observatories at different scales. Are the observatories bringing together actors from different backgrounds a guarantee of efficiency or do they complicate the observation? How can we manage the various strategies and interests of the different actors?

  • The aims of the observation
The objectives of this observation can be extremely diverse. In a competitive environment
between touristic territories but also between types of practices within these territories, papers
must deal with the observation as a tool:
- to improve the way of quantifying the number of visitors at a certain time and in a certain
- to identify new practices
- to quash received wisdom about tourism : ravages of mass tourism, second homes = closed
shutters, camping car-drivers = second-rank tourists, etc.
- to understand the relations of tourists to places, host societies, tourism organizations
(institutional and service providers), but also their perceptions and their satisfaction scale.
- to measure the effects of the different categories of tourists on economic development
(residential economy for example).
- to better manage territories and organizations, to promote the valorisation of heritages, to
improve the way of commercializing and marketing touristic locations and practices.
-draw up an outline of tourists to better understand their practices and outline tourist
segmentations to better target the touristic offer and renew it.
- to conduct a quality policy focused on the expectations, perceptions and satisfaction scale of

  • Observation of tourists and innovation
The appropriation of ICTs by the actors, whether tourists or providers (service providers,
territories, hosts...) brings the techniques and protocols of observation to evolve with etourism
and tourism-m (since internet use has become nomadic). The observation of tourism activities, the tourists and their impact is an issue of technological innovation. The contribution of ICT in this context focuses on three levels:
-the capture of information related to the activities of tourism,
-the methodological protocols and the analysis of data related to observation,
- the visualization and new uses related to nomadism.

All of these technological developments are currently creating an empowerment of the tourists
in their practices (Internet, social networks, etc.), and an evolution of tourism trades. The
development of traveler’s blogs and the emergence of websites which mark or rank
destinations and touristic organizations, the opportunities for simple and ergonomic collective
annotations offered by nomadic devices on social networks put not only the tourist in a
situation of observation of the tourists and the tourism system, but also transform the tourist
as an active informational actor, a co-creator of the offer and tourist experience. Tourist offices
or private actors can also adapt their activities to the emergence of these new technologies to
offer more customized and profiled services which complement and "humanize" these digital

Papers may therefore interrogate how we can scientifically exploit these new data sources and
analyze the increased role of the internet in a process of observation and understanding:
-analysis of the strategies and approaches developed by tourists regarding Internet booking,
-analysis of motivations and the satisfaction of tourists as a means to better identify the
sources of innovation in the design of the touristic offer,
-analysis of the role of travel pieces (literature, blogs, reviews of travel, etc.) in the desire
implementation of places and in the construction of tourist imaginaries
-analysis of the attendance and the satisfaction of tourists as factors of construction and
evolution of the places and tourist organizations
-analysis of the visitors number and the satisfaction of tourists as a factor of places
-analysis of tourist routes through new forms of observations and analysis of the behavior of
tourists via the use of mobile devices (GPS, smartphones, tablets)
-automatic analysis of behaviors and opinions posted on blogs, forums and social networks
- cross-analysis of heterogeneous touristic information sources (pictures, GPS, texts,...),
especially multicultural and multi-ethnic sources
-analysis of the reliability of the information found on the web and the objectivity of the
comments filed by tourists.

Papers might also focus on the use of new technologies to bring together creators,
broadcasters and consumers of tourism content and thus adapt to better reflect the
expectations of the tourist industry:
-analysis of the evolution of tools and standards to store and exchange tourist information
-collaborative tools to share and create personalized and contextualized content
-new standards of production and transformation of data incorporating the new modalities of
tourism (text, speech, Geolocation,...)
-new interfaces of active or passive communication with users (smartphones, haptic sensors,
animated conversational agents,...)
-analyze the corpus of heterogeneous data for the production of governance indicators for
policy makers.

  • Sources and methods of observation of tourists
The analysis of mobilities is especially a methodological issue for the social sciences (ways of
collecting and crossing data, reliability of statistical data, etc.). Are the others sciences also
preoccupied about:
-the delimitation of the field of observation and articulation between the observations made at
different scales? Observation on sites, destinations, regions, countries.
-the diachronic dimension of observation: how the analysis of the past enlightens the
observation of the present, how to conduct an observation continuously from monitoring
indicators, how does the present observation undertake a process prospective?
- the synchronic dimension of observation: how to compare territories where methods of
observation may be different, how to ensure that a method of observation in a place be
reproducible elsewhere?
-techniques or tools of observation: diversity and weight of the techniques (participant
observation, surveys, interviews, passive capture of heterogeneous information or retrieving
information shared by tourists on the social networks and forums, etc.) in the understanding of
tourism, the complementarity of quantitative and qualitative methods, etc.
-the reliability of sources and the representativeness of the tourist population

  • Recovery of data from the observation of tourists
Papers may address :
-the question of transfer of results between the world of science and the world of tourism. How are the theories and models produced by scientists exploitable by institutional structures
and professionals? And conversely, how do scientists use grey literature in their work?

-the construction of indicators: how to construct indicators for institutional, scientific and
professional actors, civil society or the public who have different expectations and reading
grids ? Should we use conventional approaches, or instead can we envisage the construction of
indicators from the information extracted automatically on the web?

-the development of participatory democracy, participatory science and observation: how to
engage and mobilize the tourist to optimize observation and how the general public (tourist or
not) seizes institutional and scientific studies?

  • Compliance, regulatory, public policy and geopolitical concerns
Papers may also focus on the following themes:

-Privacy and rules for observation.

-Usage conflicts between tourists and other users, zoning and regulation

-Observation as a tool for the production of legislative texts: how does the legislator take into
account the practices and expectations of tourists and professionals by relying on observation
devices? What are the effects on public policy?

-the articulation of the different levels of public policy with private action concerning the
observation of the tourists: visitor’s office, tourist bureaus ... There are plenty of institutional
actors in France, and the question of their consistency and their relevance to the evolution of
the tourism markets is important. The issue of the balance between the expectations of private
actors and the requirements of harmonious and mutually beneficial territorial development.

-the exploitation of the observations by policy makers: is the observation of tourists a genuine
political issue? Can the observation of tourists participate in the construction of geopolitical
indicators of the state’s power? Does the observation have effects on competitive strategies
regarding the appropriation of places?

Information to authors

The abstracts will precise :
- Name of author(s)
- Discipline(s)
- Name of University
- Research Structure
- Contact
- Title
- 5 key words
- Abstract of 300 words.

Caroline Blondy This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The scientific committee will answer to the authors next january.
< Prev   Next >
at LinkedIN

Tag Clouds

abstract abstracts academic acceptance accepted access across activities address africa african agricultural agriculture already although america american among analysis animals approach april arctic argues around article associated author authors available become before below benefits better business canada capacity carbon center centre challenges change changes changing china chinese cities clear climate committee communities community companies conditions conference congress conservation considered consumption contact contributions copenhagen costs countries cover critical crops cultural culture current deadline decades december demand department destination destinations details develop developed developing development different director discussion display document domestic double during early earth economic economy education effects efforts email emerging emissions energy english environment environmental europe european event events every examines expected experience experiences farmers featured february field final finance financial focus following foreign forest forests format found further future global globalisation government governments green greenhouse groups growing growth guidelines health heritage higher homepage hospitality hotel human image impact impacts include includes increase increased increasing india indigenous industry information innovation institute interest investment invited issue issues january japan journal knowledge large largest latest least leisure level levels limited local major making management march marine market marketing markets mdash media medical meeting members might migration million nations natural nature north observation october offers often online operations opportunities opportunity order organic organization organizations pacific papers particularly people place planet planning please policies policy political population potential poverty power practices present presentation presentations presented private proceedings process production products professor program programme project projects proposals protection provide provides public publication published quality range recent reduce reduction references region regional regions registration related renewable required research researchers resource resources responsible results review right rights rising rural school science scientific scientists search sector security service services session sessions several share significant signs since small social society source sources south special species specific state states strategies strategy students studies submission submissions submit submitted support sustainability sustainable symposium system systems technologies technology theme themes think three through times title today together topics total tourism tourist tourists trade travel trend trends under union university urban using various visit visitors vital warming water website welcome where whether wildlife within without women words working world worldwatch worldwide young

Tag Cloud, Joomla Modul


Who's Online

We have 1 guest online
Hotelclub Membership 125x125

HotelsCombined - Search and Compare Hotel Prices for any city - Search and Compare Hotel Prices for any city
City From
New York
 US$24 - Search and Compare Hotel Prices for any city - Search and Compare Hotel Prices for any city
Vegas Tickets