Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Foucs

Founded in 2015, the Tourism & Leisure Studies Research Network is brought together to explore the economic, cultural and organizational aspects of tourism and leisure. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Sixth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus - The Shape of Recovery: Futures of Responsible Travel and Leisure
  • Theme 1: Changing Dimensions of Contemporary Tourism
  • Theme 2: Changing Dimensions of Contemporary Leisure
  • Theme 3: Tourism and Leisure Industries
  • Theme 4: Critical Issues in Tourism and Leisure Studies

Plenary Speakers

The Sixth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Professor, Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Visiting Professor, Linnaeus University, Sweden; Guest Professor, Lund University, Sweden; and Docent, University of Oulu, Finland

Anna Farmaki

Anna Farmaki

Assistant Professor, Tourism Management, Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Oliver Kesar

Oliver Kesar

Full Professor, Department of Tourism, Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Ana Portolan

Ana Portolan

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Business Economics, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia

2021 Advisory Committee

The Sixth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies is grateful for the support of the following professors from the Department of Economics and Business Economics at the University of Dubrovnik:

  • Dr. Ana Portolan, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Ivana Pavlic, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Barbara Puh, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Iris Mihajlovic, Assistant Professor
  • Ljubica Miskovic, MA, Teaching and Research Assistant
  • Dr. Katija Vojvodic, Department Head

Network Chair

 Amareswar Galla

Amareswar Galla

Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership and Director, International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL), and Dean of Faculty Development and Leadership, Anant National University, Ahmedabad, India; Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Australia/India/USA; UNITWIN-UNESCO Network – Tourism, Culture and Development, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; and Former Vice President, ICOM, Paris, and former President, ICOM of the Asia Pacific, Paris

2021 Conference Partners

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