73rd AIEST Conference of Ideas

International tourism conference 2024: The 73rd AIEST Conference of Ideas is taking place in Bolzano-Bozen

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  • Date: 25-28.08.2024
  • Place: Free University of Bolzano-Bozen
  • Typology: International tourism conference
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Bolzano is the venue for this year’s 73rd AIEST Conference of Ideas. Between August 25 and 28, 2024, tourism experts from across the globe will convene in South Tyrol.

Hosted by the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research and held at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, the conference will feature discussions centered around three streams:

  1. designing tourism systems for a sustainable future,
  2. cultural differences as enabler for transformation and innovation and
  3. AIEST’s advances in tourism research-perspectives of actors, institutions and systems.

The conference encourages diverse contributions from participants across various scientific disciplines and tourism-related industries, spanning four main sub-streams: Actors' Behavior, Institutional Settings, Systemic Perspective, and an open category for contributions not classified in the aforementioned sub-streams.

Established in 1951, the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST) is committed to enhancing the global travel and tourism sector by examining trends, staying abreast of the latest developments, and providing proactive solutions to emerging challenges. The AIEST includes members from diverse academic and practical backgrounds, including both junior and senior professionals. The annual AIEST conference serves as a platform to provide an opportunity for regular, amicable interactions among experts worldwide, facilitating international exchange of scientific and practical knowledge.

More information about the conference and the call for papers can be found under the following address: https://www.aiest.org/

Participants from academia and practice

The conference aims to engage two primary groups of participants:

Academia: Individuals are encouraged to present cutting-edge research in the designated streams of discussion, contributing from a scientific perspective to foster interdisciplinary knowledge. Submissions will be categorized based on the stage of the work, ranging from basic conceptual ideas to completed studies, seeking feedback and validation at various stages of development.

Practice: Professionals are invited to share the latest trends, concepts, and real-world cases relevant to the discussion streams, offering insights into prospective research questions. Submissions will be classified based on the stage of the work, including basic conceptual ideas or projects, identified problems or challenges, and think-tank sessions for multilateral exchange on specific topics.

Call for contributions

Please submit your contribution by February 28, 2024, to info@aiest.org using the provided master copy.

Further information can be found HERE.

Important registration dates and deadlines

  • 28 February 2024: Submission deadline
  • 01 April 2024: Final author notification about acceptance of submissions and start of early bird registration
  • 31 May 2024: End of early bird registration
  • 11 August 2024: End of registration, onsite registration available
  • 25 August 2024: Start of the conference

Global Tourism Futures: 22nd and 23rd August 2024

We would like to draw your attention to a high-calibre workshop on "Global Tourism Futures: Destination Heritage or Destination Future?" taking place in Bolzano the week before the AIEST conference on August the 22nd and 23rd, featuring a fireside talk in the South Tyrolean Dolomites in Selva di Val Gardena-Wolkenstein.

Participation is free and open to all interested parties. For more information and registration, click HERE!


Eurac Research
Center for Advanced Studies
Drususallee 1 / Viale Druso 1
39100 Bozen / Bolzano
T +39 0471 055 801

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