4th International Conference “Innovative Approaches to Tourism and Leisure: Culture, Places and Narratives in a Sustainability Context” May 25 – 27, 2017, Athens, Greece

Building on the success of the previous conferences, it is our great pleasure to inform you that the 4th International Conference of the International Association of Cultural and Digital Tourism (IACuDiT) is to be held in Athens, Greece, on May 25-27, 2017, with the theme “Innovative Approaches to Tourism and Leisure: Culture, Places and Narratives in a Sustainability Context”. The aim of this conference is to gather people from academia, industry, government, and other organizations, in order to discuss and develop new perspectives in the field of tourism, travel, hospitality, culture and heritage, leisure, and sports within a knowledge society in a sustainability context. 
This conference will provide a good mix of stimulating discussions, cutting edge paper presentations, interesting social events and highly respected Keynote Speakers. Athens’ multi-faceted sights, attractions and city life appeal to diverse groups of tourists, where shopping, authentic local and fusion gastronomy and clubbing experiences offer a wide range of choices and prices.

Publication Opportunities
Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under Springer publications.Information about our previous publications can be found at http://www.springer.com/business+%26+ma…/…/978-3-319-15858-7
In addition, abstracts may be selected for development and publication in the following journals:
International Journal of Tourism Cities, Emerald Publishing, ISSN: 2056-5607
International Journal of Cultural and Digital Tourism, ISSN 2241-9705

Important Dates and Deadlines
Deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words): 20 March 2017
Abstract acceptance notification: 30 March 2017
Deadline for submission of full papers (4,000-6,000 words): 30 May 2017
Deadline for early registration: 5 April 2017

Full papers will undergo a peer review process in order to be considered for publication under Springer publications

Registration Fees for Early Bird Registration before 5th April 2017

Participant IACuDiT member 300euro
Participant non IACuDiT member 350euro
Student fee 250euro
Accompanying partner 250euro
Gala dinner (select upon registration) 50euro

Conference Topics
Issues to be covered at the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Knowledge economy and Smart Destinations
ICTs Adoption for Regional Development, Sustainability and Tourism Experience
Emerging technologies, Mobile Services, Gaming, Gamification and Augmented Reality
Location-based Services, Internet-of-Things and Smart Cities
Heritage and Museum Management in the Digital Era
Digital collections and the virtual visitor
Innovations in museum interpretation and collections management and Cross cultural visions
Cultural and Digital Tourism Statistics, Economics and Forecasting
Cultural tourism policy, planning, and governance
Cultural and Digital Tourism Marketing, Management and e-learning
Tourism Consumer behavior, decision making, experience and satisfaction
Sport tourism, Innovations in sports tourism/Sports as cultural heritage
Festivals and events, lodging and MICE marketing and management
Competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, service excellence and service quality
Social media, Social Networking and ICTs for Partnership and Collaboration
Human resources management and strategic leadership development
Innovation, creativity and change management
Financial and performance management regarding cultural and heritage tourism topics
Emerging research methods and methodologies
Wine tourism and gastronomy
Film Tourism
Pilgrimage and Spiritual Tourism
Medical, Wellness and Health Tourism
Tourism and Maritime Policy and Cultural Ports
Cultural landscape and tourism
Other topics of contemporary significance in hospitality and tourism with a global focus

Submission Guidelines
Please visit http://iacudit.org/Conference2017/authors-guidelines/

Conference Venue

Royal Olympic Hotel is a five star property in the center of Athens. The hotel lays just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus and National Gardens. Ti is underneath the Acropolis and only 2 minutes walk to the new Acropolis Museum. For more information, please visit: http://www.royalolympic.com

Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest. A large part of the town’s historic center has been converted into a 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape.
To learn more about Athens, please visit http://www.thisisathens.org/

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