TTRA 2020 European Chapter Conference
April 27-29, 2020, Innsbruck, Austria
We are pleased to announce that the TTRA Europe Conference 2020 will be held at the University of Innsbruck, Austria from 27th to 29th of April, 2020. Please find the call for contributions below [view call for papers tab below]. Monday, 27th of April 2020 will be reserved for the doctoral colloquium day [view The Doctoral Colloquium Day tab below]. The abstract submission deadline ends in January – so please prepare your submission soon and feel free to send an abstract, extended abstract or a paper. We appreciate any submission and are happy to receive contributions from PhDs and industry partners who want to share their work with us.
Smart destinations – Smarter tourists?
Smart tourism has become a new buzzword for academics and practitioners. Earlier contributions focused on the nexus between smart technology and customers through applications that improve interaction and enrich tourist experiences. We adopt a much broader perspective of “smart tourism”. Smart tourism refers to socially sustainable approaches, new but lasting business ideas or environmentally friendly actions towards green tourism, including integrated solutions for transport and local agriculture. Tourism is subject to numerous challenges such as unbalanced tourism, shortage of skilled employees and increasing commodification and resortization. Besides, tourism shows special characteristics such as strong interdependency between service providers and strong presence of small and family entrepreneurs. Besides, it represents a melting pot for foreign employees and international visitors. Thus, the guiding question of this conference is “smart tourism – smarter tourists”?
TTRA Europe invites researchers and practitioners to share their research and expertise to shed more light upon the different perceptions and current and future challenges. This is an opportunity to explore the determinants and outcomes of smart tourism both within firms and destinations, across countries and cultures. Furthermore, we wish to explore new approaches to smart tourism to inform future research and explore managerial implications for destinations and tourism businesses. The conference will provide a platform for researchers and experts in the tourism industry and encourages young scholars to discuss their work with them.
Monday, 27th of April 2020 will be reserved for the doctoral colloquium day. The abstract submission deadline ends on January 30th 2020 – so please prepare your submission soon and feel free to send a contribution. We appreciate any submission and are happy to receive contributions from PhDs and industry partners who want to share their work with us.
Submissions of abstracts and papers are invited relating, but not exclusively, to the following themes:
- Digitalization and new technologies in tourism
- Challenges and opportunities in Alpine tourism
- Governance on the local, regional and national level
- Community engagement in tourism development
- Creative destination marketing strategies
- Case studies of smart and sustainable tourism products
- Entrepreneurship and creativity in tourism
- Family firms and family dynamics
- Small and micro-entrepreneurship in tourism
- Small and large scale sporting events and winter sports
- CSR of businesses and destinations
- Innovation (processes) in tourism businesses and organizations
- HRM management and employee attraction/retention
- Carrying capacity and overtourism
- Mobility and transport for tourism
- Linkages between agriculture and tourism
- The creative industries and tourism services
- The role of architecture and design in tourism
- Social innovation in tourism
Submission opens: 02nd December 2019
Registration opens: 15th December 2019
Deadline for submission: 30th January 2020
Notification of acceptance: 20th February 2020
Final submission: 10th March 2020
Conference: 27th – 29th April 2020
Doctoral colloquium day: 27th March 2020 with Mike Peters, Scott McCabe and Andreas Kallmünzer
Farewell ceremony: 29th April 2020
The TTRA European Chapter will select the best paper, the author(s) of which will be announced during the Conference Farewell Ceremony. More information about the conference venue, transport options and accommodation will be published on the website. Please submit your contributions at https://www.conftool.com/ttraeurope2020!
Several tourism industry keynotes but also keynotes from top tourism researchers will be announced soon!
Guidelines and Submission Details:
Abstracts, extended abstracts, full papers by both practitioners and PhD students are welcome in the following categories:
- Research papers and case studies
- PhD proposals for PhD workshop
- Applied (industry and sector) papers
We especially encourage industry partners to present their innovative (smart) projects in the designated practitioner sessions. Contributions are required to be submitted by January 30th, 2020. Authors will be advised after review of the contributions no later than February 20th, 2020. Reviewer recommendations have to be addressed in the final version of the (extended) abstract and/or full papers which should be submitted by March 10th, 2020.
Papers must be written in English, follow the instructions and use the templates appearing on the conference website and submission portal: https://ttra.com/europe-chapter/2020-conference/ and https://www.conftool.com/ttraeurope2020.
On behalf of TTRA Europe we would like to welcome you to the Doctoral Colloquium Day (27.04.2019) at the University of Innsbruck! We are looking forward to welcoming you to discuss your research on sustainable development and policy, issues of responsibility in management and practice, or on entrepreneurship, social enterprise or innovation. However, any aspect of tourism development, management and marketing/consumer behaviour are also welcomed. Doctoral research is crucial to the tourism industry, to shape tourism policy in the future and is important for society. We held a very successful doctoral session in Angers in 2017 and Ljubljana in 2018, which was highly valued by those attending, providing important networking opportunities and a warm and collegial atmosphere.
We have developed a stimulating and inclusive programme that will create the space for researchers to gain valuable feedback on their research projects within an environment of supportive and constructive dialogue. Working towards a PhD is one of the most intensive and rewarding learning experiences, but it can also be challenging and frustrating. We hope that you will find the TTRA Doctoral Day an
opportunity to share experiences with people who understand your values, expectations and challenges, and to learn from them and expand your network, prior to enjoying the full conference programme. We hope that you will join us in this exciting event!
Doctoral Seminar Co-chairs:
- Mike Peters (University of Innsbruck)
- Scott McCabe (University of Nottingham)
- Andreas Kallmünzer (La Rochelle Business School)
Doctoral students should submit an abstract until 15.01.2020. Notification of acceptance will be send until 27.01-2020. PhD confrence registration fee is 200€ and includes free TTRA membership for one year. PhDs can join all events and sessions of the regular conference. Doctoral students will get detailed feedback during the conference from professors. The best presentation/paper will receive the TTRA PhD award – presented during the social event on 29th of April, 2020.
The preliminary program is shown below. Updates are ongoing as speakers/sessions are finalized.
Our Conference Speakers are listed below. Updates are ongoing as speakers/sessions are finalized.
Industry Keynote Speaker: Stefan Ortner – Managing Director LO.LA
Topic: Alpine Safety as a key factor for quality management in ski resorts
Stefan Ortner is Managing Director and one of the five founders of Lo.La Peak Solutions GmbH. He has a degree in business administration and is also a risk management expert, certified risk manager, expert and chairman of the avalanche commission of his home town.
LO.LA captures and reduces risks in alpine regions. Efficient safety and risk management systems are crucial for operators of exposed, alpine infrastructure. The consequent observation of risk-exposed areas and the well-structured handling of hazards are base-requirement and quality features in alpine regions. In addition to the technological aspects, the knowledge and experiences of local experts are indispensable components of a successful risk management. LO.LA blends local knowledge with target-group-oriented, digital tools and allows for an efficient safety and risk management.
Conference registration fees (includes all receptions, lunches, dinners and a field trip):
PhD: 200 € (includes free TTRA membership for one year)
TTRA Members: 240 € before March 16th / 340 € after March 16th
Non–members: 340 € before March 16th / 440 € after March 16th
Registration is now open.
We are happy to announce that the following hotels offer a limited number of rooms for ttra2020 delegates. Please book directly at the hotel and make sure you mention the ttraEurope conference affiliation and the keyword “ttraEurope 2020” when booking your room.
Hotel Zach (5 min by foot) [more information]
- single room 95 EUR/ night (including breakfast)
- triple room 135 EUR/ night (including breakfast)
Note: Please book over the enquiry form on the hotel website by 27.02.2020.
Hotel Grauer Bär (just opposite the conference venue) [more information]
- single room 95 EUR/ night (including breakfast)
- double room 135 EUR/ night (including breakfast)
- triple room 195 EUR/ night (including breakfast)
- Please make sure you book by 27.02.2020.
Note: Please book by 27.02.2020. Because a limited number of rooms was reserved for ttraEurope delegates, the website might not show room availability for the period of the conference. In this case, book over the enquiry form on the hotel website.
Hotel Congress Innsbruck (10 min by foot) [more information]
Note: Because a limited number of rooms was reserved for ttraEurope delegates, the website might not show room availability for the period of the conference. In this case, book over the enquiry form on the hotel website.
- single room 99 EUR/ night (including breakfast)
- double room 119 EUR/ night (including breakfast)
- Please make sure you book by 27.03.2020.
Founded in 1669, the University of Innsbruck looks back to a long and variable history. The history of the University of Innsbruck starts about 100 years before its official foundation in 1669, when in 1562 a Jesuit school/college was established. Emperor Leopold I used this school as a foundation to establish a university on 15 October, 1669. He guaranteed its financing by introducing a new extraordinary tax on salt extracted in Hall, the so called “Haller Salt Surcharge”. Eight years later in 1677, the founding certificate was issued, which mentioned four faculties. The University has always been a supporting pillar of the Tyrolean society and has influenced the region tremendously. The importance of its status as a research and educating institution can be seen in the numerous award winning alumni and current and former scientists teaching and researching at the University. Many scientific cutting-edge discoveries have been made at this institution.
Today, the University comprises of 16 faculties and 81 departments. For more information on the structure and size of the University, visit our sites University in Numbers, Student Numbers and Organisational Structure. You find relevant numbers on last year’s performances at the Intellectual Capital site, and strategies and plans for the next few years at Development Plan. For finding the location of the various faculties, departments and other university institutions go to Maps and Directions. The site University Life gives you information on academic and cultural activities and events at the University.
About the Venue
Founded in 1669, the Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck is the largest university in the western part of Austria. Located at a traditional north-south crossroads connecting Europe, we are oriented internationally while positioned locally.
Learning from the long and sometimes problematic history of the University, we build bridges into the future. Our strength is managing seemingly conflicting topics in a productive manner: asking globally oriented but regionally motivated research questions; self-confidently breaking with well-established knowledge while consciously respecting traditions; and capitalizing on academic freedom while treating it responsibly. In this environment of balanced diversity everyone at the University acts as a member of society as well as a link to society.
This philosophy is reflected in our current main research areas: Alpine Space – Man and Environment, Cultural Encounters – Cultural Conflicts, Molecular Biosciences, Physics and Scientific Computing. All knowledge gained from our research is available to the public to initiate, foster and advance informed discussions and sometimes vigorous debates inside and outside of the academic world.
Getting to the Conference
Karl-Rahner-Platz 3, 6020 Innsbruck [Find your directions]
- Munich – Kufstein (A 12) – Innsbruck
- Vienna – Salzburg – Kufstein (A 12) – Innsbruck
- Switzerland – Arlberg – Landeck (A 12) – Innsbruck
- Italy – Brenner (A 13) – Innsbruck
By Bus or Train:
- To Innsbruck Airport and by public buses (around 3 Euros one-way) or taxi within 10 minutes into the city center
- To Munich Airport and by train (from around 30 Euro one-way, early booking means lower prices), air port shuttle (around 50 Euro one-way) or bus (from around 20 Euro one-way, early booking means lower prices) to Innsbruck
Please book tickets at your preferred railway company (the Austrian one is https://www.oebb.at/en/) to “Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof” (HBF), public buses or walking will bring you to all destinations in the city center within a few minutes. From Vienna, travel time to Innsbruck is around 4,5 hours.
Innsbruck is located in the heart of the Alps and is surrounded by stunning mountains with year-round options for tourists. The city is easily accessible by road, rail and air (via Innsbruck airport or Munich airport).
For more information, see www.innsbruck.info
Team SME and Tourism
Univ.-Prof. Mike Peters
University of Innsbruck, Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism