ICOT 2014 – Conference Aims and Scope

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With the support of Global Institute of Management and Economics (GIME) and Surrey International Institute (SII), the organizing committee of ICOT is pleased to announce that the fourth International Conferences on Tourism (ICOT) will take place in Dalian, China. Taking place outside Europe for the first time, the conference location, its theme and design, will provide participants an opportunity to combine an effective conference trip with travel to a dynamic and exiting country where the growth in inbound and outbound tourism is set to change the world. It is a real opportunity for inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural dialogue; the location creating a geographic convergence of participants from across the globe as well as a convergence of scholastic communication that transcends culture, language, discipline and subject-specific boundaries.

Conference Aims and Scope

Following the success of the previous three International Conferences on Tourism (ICOT) and the support by the international scholarly community, the organizing committee has decided to continue the initiative with the organization of the 4th conference that will be held in Dalian, China.

The growth in domestic, inbound and outbound tourism is one of the most recent and significant manifestations of globalization. This growth is often understood in broad contours, with tourism’s position as a global engine of growth well solidified. However, little is understood as to how changing international inbound and outbound tourist flows affect policies, planning and development initiatives in cities, regions and countries around the globe. MacCannell (1999) noted that the “rapid implosion of the Third World into the First constitutes a reversal and transformation of the structure of tourism, and in many ways it is more interesting than the first phase of the globalization of culture” (p. xxii). This change in tourists flows affects everyone working in tourism, from academics to practitioners, since international tourism is no longer a one-way street with Westerners visiting each other and the rest of the world. The conference asks questions such as:

– Are the specific needs and behaviors of tourists from developing countries met when traveling domestically, regionally and internationally?

– Rethinking paradigms and the old ways of thinking about tourism which are based on “western” values and western ideas about work, leisure, time and space, group and individual travel.

– While the economic impact of these flows makes an important contributions to destination countries, how do new flows affect these destinations socially and culturally? How do such flows affect receiving society perceptions? What affects the tourists travel propensity and behavior?

Bearing all these in mind, this conference aims to add to this debate by stimulating discussion and exchange of ideas between tourism professionals, academics, researchers, policy-makers, consultants, practitioners, government officials and postgraduate students from all tourism-related fields.

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