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 in the section [For Authors]. Monday, 27th of April 2020 will be reserved for the doctoral colloquium day, please click [here]. 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
Submissions of presentations, papers and posters 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
27.04.2020: PhD research day with Mike Peters, Scott McCabe, and Andreas Kallmünzer
Guidelines and Submission Details:
Presentation and paper (extended) abstracts and panel descriptions (max. 500 words abstract or max. 5 pages, excluding references) by both academics and practitioners and PhD students are welcome in the following categories:
- Research papers
- Applied (industry and sector) papers
- Case studies
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 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 and follow the instructions appearing on the conference website www.ttraeuropeconferences.com. The TTRA European Chapter will select the best paper, the author(s) of which will be announced during the Conference Farewell Ceremony. You must submit your abstract as a MS Word file with your full name included: firstnamelastname_abstract.doc. This file should be sent electronically to email@example.com.
More information about the conference venue, transport options and accommodation will be published on the website.
The tentative program will be announced in December 2019.
Speakers will be announced soon.
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 will open soon.
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.
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.
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