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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]

ITC'15 - International Tourism Congress, Peniche, P, 25.-27.11.2015

The School of Tourism and Maritime Technology (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria), in Peniche,Portugal, promotes the ITC’15 - VIII International Tourism Congress, on 25-27 November 2015, with the theme "The Image and Sustainability of Tourist Destinations", aiming to present and discuss national and international experiences about tourism valuation policies as far as territories, competitiveness, sustainability and promotion are concerned.

In the last few decades, the travel and tourism sector has become one of the main activities of the worldwide economy. According to the statistics of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) the international tourist arrivals reached 1.035 billion in 2012, an addition of more than 40 million compared to the year 2011. On the other hand, the tourist income has grown from 1.042 billion USD in 2011 to 1.075 billion in 2012. Accordingly, with the growing demand on tourism destinations as well as with tourism becoming a major economic force worldwide, there is tremendous interest in developing tourism sustainably with a mutual aim of enhancing the customers’ experience as well as maintaining tourism destinations. Furthermore, due to the escalating tourism destination competitiveness, forming a unique, attractive image for tourism destinations is becoming an area of developing interest amongst tourism researchers and practitioners.

So, the ITC’15 objectives are:

1. To present and discuss national and international experiences about tourism destinations competitiveness, sustainability, branding, marketing and customers’ experience.
2. To provide an open forum for the exchange of views on themes related to tourist destinations strategy and management among the community, students, academics, policy makers entrepreneurs and professionals.
3. To explore and discuss new perspectives on tourism and regional development in order to promote new methodological and empirical approaches.
4. To analyze the importance of tourist activities and its impact on economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects, at a regional, national and international level.

The ITC'15 consists of three types of sessions:

• Keynote Sessions on themes of a major interest for the conference attendees; that will involve invited tourism academics and experts.
• General Sessions on a range of topics that will follow the format of presentations and discussion with the attendees.
• Doctoral Seminar provides PhD students with a forum to present and to discuss their research, and an opportunity to get feedback from and exchange comments with fellow PhD students and established researchers in Tourism.
• Posters

For General Sessions we invite academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, decision makers and technicians to submit scientific papers (please see Instructions for Authors)
ITC'15 ›› Themes
Organized by the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria), Portugal, the ICT'15 offers a worldwide forum for attendees from academia, industry, government, and other organizations to actively exchange, share, and challenge state-of-the-art research and case studies on travel and tourism.

The conference also features 6 world class keynote speakers. All submissions to the research track is rigorously evaluated for novelty, significance, and soundness. Papers should clearly state the background, introduction, purpose, methodology, results, and conclusions, and be fully referenced with appropriate citations.

At ICT'15, the theme is "The Image and Sustainability of Tourist Destinations". Issues to be covered at the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

• Destination Branding
• Tourism Destination Competitiveness
• New Tourism Products
• Tourism Market Strategy
• Sustainable Tourism Development Strategies
• Tourism Destination Image
• Consumer Behavior in Tourism
• Enhancing Customers' Experience
• Tourism Education and Training
• Tourist Resources Management
• Tourist Information Services
• Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity in Tourism
• Events and Sport Tourism
• Coastal and Maritime Tourism

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