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  • Alan A. Lew
    ... From: Boyd, Stephen Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM Subject: Tourism and Events conference in June 2012 *International
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      From: Boyd, Stephen <SW.Boyd@...>
      Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM
      Subject: Tourism and Events conference in June 2012


      International Conference on Tourism and Events: Opportunities, Impacts and Change

      Belfast, Northern Ireland

      June 2012
      Ulster Business School
      University of Ulster, Northern Ireland


      1st Call for Papers

      As part of 2012, a potentially significant year for tourism in Northern Ireland, the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, at the University of Ulster, plays host to an International Conference on Tourism and Events: Opportunities, Impacts and Change.The conference will take place in the four star Europa Hotel, Belfast between June 20 and 22. The conference will incorporate the 2012 Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference (THRIC).

      Conference Aims and Scope

      The conference takes place in 2012 and this year is significant for hallmark and one time occurring events. London is host to the Summer Olympic Games; Northern Ireland as a destination looks to leverage from the wider impact and legacy of the games. Belfast, the host city where the conference will take place commemorates in April 2012 the 100th anniversary of the launch and tragic sinking of the Titanic, as well as the signing of the Ulster League and Solemn Covenant. These events will generate different levels of response both locally and internationally, in terms of the extent to which leverage can occur and the legacy they leave.  The interrelationships that exist between tourism and event hosting are important to destinations and their Destination Management Organisations.  This conference is designed to bring together leading academic scholars with industry practitioners in an open forum of keynote lectures, industry panel discussions, individual paper presentations in a number of concurrent sessions in which a wide range of issues and challenges facing tourism and events are debated and where best practice can be disseminated between academia and industry.

      Conference Themes

      In light of this, individual papers are encouraged on the following 3 themes which are broad and cover a diverse range of topics and issues. However, we welcome any other topic not listed provided there is an emphasis on tourism and events.

      Tourism and event planning/ development

      • Government involvement/ role of the public sector
      • Tourism policy and events
      • Tourism events and regional development
      • Networking and collaboration
      • Visitor attractions and events

      Event Management

      • Event marketing
      • Sponsorship and funding of events
      • Volunteering and human resource management
      • Film, social media and innovative communications
      • Safety and security


      Impact and legacies

      • Economic development
      • Event leveraging
      • Social regeneration
      • Cultural exchange
      • Responsible and sustainable events

      Guidelines for Submission

      The Conference Committee invites papers that are no more than 5 pages in length, conforming to Arial 11pt font and 1.5 line spacing, excluding reference list.  This format may deviate from other conferences, but successful candidates will be asked to further develop their paper prior to the start of the conference.

      At this time, please note the following important dates:

      Submission of Papers: Deadline – 30th November 2011

      Notification to authors of acceptance: 31st January 2012

      Revised Paper submission: 30th March 2012

      Best papers will feature in a number of publication outlets:

      A special issue on impacts and legacies of sport events in the International Journal of Event and Festival Management (details of this to follow shortly on the conference website).

      Papers will be selected for a special issue of the International Journal of Tourism Research.

      It is also anticipated that the best papers will be selected for an edited book on tourism and events.  At this time, a publisher is being approached and again updates on developments will be posted on the conference website.

      Keynote Speakers

      Currently the following academic keynote speakers have been confirmed:

      Professor Donald Getz

      Professor Simon Hudson

      Professor Tom Hinch

      Professor Alan Fyall

      Details on each of the above keynote speakers are available on the Conference website.


      Registration Information

      Although this is the first call for papers please note the following important information regarding dates, fees and accommodation provision.  More details will follow in the second and final call for papers.



      Dates: 20th, 21st & 22nd June 2012 

      Conference Fee: £300 (Daily rate £150)  Postgraduate student Fee: £150

      Other Optional Costs: Conference dinner £45, Post-conference Field-trip – details to follow.

      Conference fees include conference attendance, lunch and coffee for the duration of the conference and one copy of the conference proceedings.

      Hotels: Accommodation in Belfast is plentiful and caters for all budgets.

      We recommend you stay at the conference venue, the Europa Hotel (part of the Hastings hotel group).  The Europa Hotel has set very competitive rates for this conference at 2011 prices; ranging from £100 per night for a classic single occupancy to £160 per night for executive suite, double occupancy. There are a range of options between £100 and £160.  Delegates should ring and make their own reservation, stating they are conference delegates in order to receive these conference rates.  

      Other accommodation providers and details will be posted shortly on the website.

      Payment: A PDF file will be made available shortly on the Conference website for delegates to register and pay the conference fee.

      Conference website:

      For more details please visit our Conference website at the following URL:


      Professor Stephen Boyd BA (Hons), MA, PhD
      Professor of Tourism
      Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
      Ulster Business School
      University of Ulster (Coleraine Campus)
      Cromore Road, Coleraine
      Northern Ireland, BT52 1SA
      Tel: 02870323999 (or ext 23917)
      In the Top Two UK Universities for Travel, Transport and Tourism
      The Guardian University Guide 2012
      International Conference on Tourism and Events: Opportunities, Impacts and Change
      20-22 June 2012 : belfast2012@...

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