This Conference is born as a result of the academic cooperation among researchers from around the world in the field of tourism.

This cooperation has led, among other initiatives, to the launching of a new title: ENLIGHTENING TOURISM. A PATHMAKING JOURNAL (ET).

The Conference aims are:

1) To provide a platform for debate and dissemination of research findings, new research areas and techniques, conceptual developments, and papers with practical applications;

2) To scope out innovative thinking in traditional topics such as different types of tourism and tourists, their needs and expectations;

3) To promote collaborative interactions between senior and junior researchers. This will include mentoring by senior researchers in a Workshop for Junior Researchers (WJR);

4) To provide a platform for full paper presentations, that further mutual understanding of the research lines being developed by participants;

5) To provide examples of best/good practices and technological innovation.



The Conference theme “Competition and Innovation in Tourism: New Challenges in an Uncertain Environment" reflects the current situation of great uncertainty, which characterises tourism worldwide. Within this theme, the following specific topics have been identified:

• Innovation Strategies

• Knowledge Management Processes and Practices

• Innovation and Technology

• Entrepreneurship

• Organisation Innovation

• Territorial System and Cultural Heritage

• Market Changing

• Complexity, Planning and Development

• Environmental Risk and Security including Climate Change

• Others linked to the previous ones

Special sessions will be also organised for presenting ideas for future research projects and stimulating the interaction among potential partners.



The target audiences of the Conference are researchers in the scholarly community who deal with different tourism sectors, both at the macro and at the micro level, as well as professionals in the Industry.

Both conceptual and empirical papers are encouraged. The organisers invite the submission of manuscripts from academics, researchers, post-graduate students, policy-makers and Industry practitioners.

All papers submitted are subject to anonymous peer review by international reviewers.


This Conference is dedicated to Clara Stefania Petrillo, an Italian researcher working on Tourism at Research Institute for Service Industry of National Research Council (IRAT-CNR), recently passed away, to keep alive the memory of her passionate energy, which still supports our work and life.