Call for Papers

In recent years, the growth of tourism, hospitality, and events (T.H.E.) has been faster than the growth of the wider economy and other significant sectors including financial services, health care, and automotive businesses (WTTC, 2015). The micro and macro environments within which the T.H.E. sectors operate are increasingly complex, fluid and dynamic, requiring a more holistic approach to their operations, research and education.  Indeed, tourism, hospitality and events are recognised to be fields that can be studied from different perspectives including economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, marketing, management, and geography.  Within T.H.E. we have undoubtedly witnessed a more flexible approach to research, scholarship, and education that, on the one hand can sufficiently address the challenges of the new era and, on the other hand, can help businesses to adapt to remain competitive. It is only through innovation and new ways of thinking that organisations can survive and develop (Sok & O’Cass, 2011). Thus, perspectives and research from different academic fields and disciplines are considerably important for understanding the evolution of T.H.E.   Further, the recent critical turn in T.H.E. has celebrated interdisciplinary research and scholarship recognising the ability of such border crossings to enrich our knowledge and understanding of these fields of study, thereby transforming education and practice.

Against this background, this research symposium aims to promote interdisciplinary research in the fields of T.H.E. by bringing together researchers, industry stakeholders, and communities to create a space for the dissemination and co-production of research and practices that can contribute to innovation and transformation.


Sok, P. & O’Cass, A. (2011) Achieving superior innovation-based performance outcomes in SMEs through innovation resource-capability complementary, Industrial Marketing Management, 40, 1285-1293.

WTTC (2015) Travel and tourism world economic impact 2015. London: World Travel & Tourism Council.


Proposed Topics for Abstract Submissions

We welcome submissions from experienced researchers, early career researchers, and research students in a variety of formats including traditional paper presentations, videos, posters, and art work.  Both conceptual and empirical work are welcome. The proposed topics can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Policy, planning, and development
  • Cultural, heritage and museum studies
  • The marketing, advertising, and branding of enterprises and destinations
  • Consumer behaviour, decision-making, expectations, experience and satisfaction
  • Spas, health and well-being
  • Event, sport and festival tourism
  • Gender, race, queer, and anthropological studies
  • Sociological and psychological studies
  • Human resources, equality, diversity, and labour operations
  • Innovation, creativity and change management
  • Economics and finance
  • Demand-supply forecasting, and performance studies
  • Competitiveness, sustainability and corporate social responsibility
  • IT, ICT, e-tourism, and emerging technologies
  • Training and education
  • Emerging and innovative research methods and methodologies
  • Other interdisciplinary areas


Abstract Submission

An abstract between 400 to 500 words (excluding references) should be submitted. The abstract should include an indication of the purpose of the research, the interdisciplinary approach taken, the methods used and the key (expected) findings.  The abstract should be submitted via email to Professor Donna Chambers (

Please Note: At least one author should present the abstract during research symposium


Key Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: Friday 17th February 2017

Notification of acceptance: Friday 3rd March 2017

Venue: 24th May 2017


Research Symposium Fees

The registration fee is £30. Fee includes: Symposium proceedings, coffee breaks, and lunch.


Publication Opportunities

All abstracts will be included in the Research Symposium proceedings. In addition, abstracts may be selected for development and publication in the following journals:

  1. International Journal of Spa and Wellness
  2. Tourismos: An International Multidisciplinary Refereed Journal of Tourism
  3. E-Review of Tourism Research

Please Note: For publication consideration in the above journals, the abstract should have already been presented at the Research Symposium.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Nigel Morgan: Nigel Morgan is a Chair of Visitor Economy Management, and the Head of the Business Management Department in the School of Management at Swansea University.

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Professor Angela Roper: Angela Roper is Professor and  Director of the International Centre for Hotel and Resort Management (ICHARM) at the University of West London.

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Key Contacts

Head of Scientific Committee: Prof Donna Chambers (

Head of Organising Committee: Dr Nikolaos Pappas (