Call for Papers; Adventure Tourism: 18th Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research 22th - 25th October 2009, Esbjerg, Denmark and Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.
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Call for Papers
18th Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research
22th - 25th October 2009, Esbjerg, Denmark
Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.
Associate Professor Truls Engstrøm, Norwegian School of Hotel management, University of Stavanger, Norway and
Dr Carl Cater, Senior Lecturer, Department of Tourism, Leisure, Hotel and Sport Management, Griffith University, Australia
(From 1st May 2009: Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK)
Adventure tourism is an industry sector that has seen significant global growth as outdoor recreation opportunities have become increasingly commercialised. It includes a great diversity of activities from those with little actual risk to those posing quite significant challenges to participants. Despite the prevalence of these activities in the Nordic tourism product, and some existing case studies, there has been little to bring this research together to provide a broad overview of developments in the region. Partly this may be explained by the domestic market in these countries being largely made up of independent adventure recreationalists, as opposed to tourists. However, being endowed with well managed wilderness environments and having proximity to significant source markets, there is great opportunity for further development of this sector.
Authors agree that adventure tourism activities include specific elements such as: specific skills and elements of risk (perceived or real) in which the outcome is influenced by the participation. However, increased commodification of the adventure experience has involved transfer of risk responsibility to commercial operators. In this realm the experience may become overloaded with high expectations, especially if the setting and perceptions of the organizer differ from that of the tourist.
The adventure industry is expected to continue its growth in size and diversity and it is important that the academic and industry understanding of the adventure sector and the broader adventure phenomenon are taken seriously. Even though academics have started to conduct research in the area our research based knowledge of adventure tourism is still modest and fragmented, and based mostly on studies in a North American or Australasian context. This is partly due to the fact that adventure tourism is only recently establishing itself as an academic line of inquiry but more significantly because it is a very complex and dynamic tourism phenomenon.
For this conference session we invite researchers to submit manuscripts on current issues in adventure tourism development and related topics of relevance for the Nordic Countries. Manuscripts will be pre-circulated prior to the conference in order to facilitate and encourage debate.
Selected papers will be invited to contribute towards a special issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.
Among the topics of interest are: Sustainable adventure tourism; Risk management; Energy consumption in the adventure industry; History of adventure tourism; Supply and demand of adventure tourism; Perceptions of adventure; Proliferation of stakeholders; Trends in adventure tourism ; Technological change; Participation diversity; Motivations and constraints; Cultural differences in adventure; Mental and physiological impact of participation; User group conflicts
Abstracts of 250 words are due May 1st, 2009. Please send to c.cater@...
Full papers due August 1st 2009
18th Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research, Esbjerg, Denmark, 22th - 25th October 2009
Selected papers will be due February 1st 2010 for Special Issue on Adventure Tourism in Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism
For further information please contact guest editors on e-mail:
truls.engstrom@... or c.cater@...
Dr Carl I Cater
Senior Lecturer in Tourism
Department of Tourism, Leisure, Sports and Hotel Management
Griffith Business School
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