TOURISM IN UNCERTAIN TIMES: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES

 

Due to current concerns around COVID-19 it has been decided that the 10th International Conference on Tourism (ICOT2020) will be held between 17-18 September 2020 as a virtual conference. The decision has been made as the wellbeing of our participants is of our primary concern.

The ICOT2020 conference builds on the collective success of the previous nine International Conferences on Tourism (ICOT) held in Greece, China, Cyprus, U.K., Italy, Thailand and Portugal and the strong support by the international scholarly community.

The twenty-first century has brought new challenges for tourism. Climate change, overdevelopment, economic crises, terrorism, globalisation, and entrenched social problems pose threats and create an uncertain tourism environment that affects destinations and their populations in virtually every corner of the contemporary world. To keep pace with these challenges, governments, businesses, communities, and tourism organisations need to continuously assess social, economic and environmental factors, to identify future trends and to examine various response policies and management techniques to decrease risk and uncertainty.

Bearing all of these concerns in mind, this conference aims to add to the debate regarding balanced tourism growth including the concepts of overtourism and degrowth for both established and emerging destinations. The conference will stimulate discussion and exchange of ideas related to the conference theme and beyond, between tourism professionals, academics, researchers, policy-makers, consultants, practitioners, government officials and postgraduate students from tourism academia and related fields.

We therefore invite submissions on all aspects of tourism development, policy, planning, growth and degrowth that will add to the current debate.