Call for contributions

As one of the oldest tourism institutes in the world, the Institute for Tourism is pleased to announce that we are going to be celebrating our 60th anniversary with the international tourism community of academics and practitioners alike, in November 2019. For this occasion we invite you to attend our international tourism conference in lovely Dubrovnik (ITCD), which seeks to address many critical issues of our (tourism) (un)sustainable future.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS can be downloaded on this link download


  • Participation without contribution (listening)
  • Abstract contribution + presentation
  • Abstract contribution + full paper + presentation


VUCA (short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) has become a trendy acronym in today’s business lingo. Beyond just being a simple acronym used by most contemporary organizations—business, the military, education, government, etc.—VUCA has become a code for awareness, readiness, preparedness, anticipation, evolution, and intervention. This conference is intended to be multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and postdisciplinary, with the key goal of bridging the gap between tourism theory and practice.


We would like to invite invigorating submissions that connect critical issues of our VUCA world with in the traditional areas of tourism research, policy, and management; these might include, but are not necessarily limited to the following topics:

  • The changing nature of our societies and new travel trends
  • Impact of ever-growing climate change awareness on all aspects of tourism system
  • Questions of stewardship in all areas – from individual businesses to policy makers and DMOs
  • Leadership styles in tourism (un)sustainability
  • Integrations in tourism system (public-private partnership, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint-ventures, clusters, local action groups)
  • Sharing economy, social entrepreneurship and innovations in tourism
  • The new age of enhanced visitor engagement and involvement
  • Transformative and regenerative travel
  • Artificial intelligence in tourism future(s)
  • A role of social media and smart technologies in tourism present and future(s)
  • Globalisation of local tourism values (glocalisation, commodification)
  • Destination marketing, branding and reputation for the new times
  • New modelling and forecasting tourism demand
  • Educational needs for the VUCA (tourism) future
  • Tourism governance and labour (im)mobility
  • Social (in)justice and equality questions of gender, sexuality, race, class, age and (dis)ability
  • Role of tourism in public health and well-being
  • Critical tourism and hospitality studies
  • Connecting different knowledge paradigms in tourism studies
  • Dissemination of tourism knowledge – how and for who?


Hotel Palace, Dubrovnik, Croatia.


November 6th to 9th, 2019


Official language of the conference is English.


We are happy to already be able to confirm the line-up of excellent keynote speakers—Nigel Morgan, Stanislav Ivanov, Irena Ateljević, Chris Cooper, and Pauline J. Sheldon.


Abstract submission deadline: July 12th, 2019
Feedback and acceptance (of topic proposals): July 20th, 2019
Full paper submission deadline: October 4th, 2019


If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to register for the ITCD. At least one of the authors of a submitted paper must register and pay registration fees for the conference, no later than October 6th, 2019, in order to be included in the final program.
All papers will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee. The decision to accept or reject a given paper will be sent to its corresponding author, along with reviewer comments. If revisions are deemed to be necessary, the author(s) will have two weeks to make them and send the final result back to the committee.

Accepted papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings (WoS indexing will be requested).

The best papers will be published a special issue of An International Interdisciplinary Journal TOURISM (WoS- ESCI).


Early bird: €340 (payment due no later than July 1st, 2019)
Regular: €390 (payment due no later than October 21st, 2019)
Late: €440 (payment due no later than November 4th, 2019)
(Registration fee includes: materials; coffee during breaks; lunch (2x); gala dinner; welcoming cocktail/snack dinner; and a guided tour of Dubrovnik)
Accompanying person: €150 (includes all social events)


Conference website:
Info: Abstract applications:
Tel: +385 (0)1 3909 666