8 – 9 MARCH 2024, Athens, Greece

Harokopio University (GR), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (FR), University of The Aegean (GR)

The tourism and heritage sectors have been gravely affected by recent crises (pandemic, conflicts, climate change, energy crisis, etc.): the COVID-19 pandemic has severely reduced international tourism flows, while the recent energy crisis has led to a profound questioning of our modes of daily life, leisure and tourism.

Crises are periods of intense questioning.  It is widely acknowledged that the shocks we have endured will have lasting repercussions on our life models, practices and values. However, even if we emerge transformed, the tendency to continue doing “business as usual” is still strong. A tension is thus currently observed between, on the one hand, the awareness of a general need for new development models and even the willingness of the tourism sector to propose new models and, on the other hand, market pressures for more conventional, even dubious, investments, threatening both the physical and the cultural heritage and environment.

The conference seeks to explore the tension between the “old world” and the need to invent new paradigms on the interface and intersections between tourism and heritage. Why, after several decades of sustainability discourses and practices, are we still struggling to implement new management models? What are the governance models that we can put in place for the sustainable development of tourism, in synergy with heritage and culture? What are the changing models industry needs to adopt in order to achieve a necessary re-invention of tourism? What is the role of destinations in the context of processes of resilience, sustainability or transformation, as instigated by recent and ongoing crises? What is the place of local societies in this process and how can they be empowered? How can citizens be more effectively mobilized and enabled to participate in a positive tourism  development, in connection with their cultures, landscape, and heritage, be they tangible or intangible, cultural or natural?

We invite both senior and junior researchers, NGO actors and industry. This is intended to be both  a high-level scientific conference and a platform for exchange between researchers and tourism/ heritage stakeholders (sites, museums, intangible heritage, natural sites, parks, etc.). The results of the conference will be published in scientific journals and a “white paper” will be published (drafted? issued?) for tourism and heritage stakeholders and civil society.


While the emphasis of the conference is on the interlinkages between tourism and culture/ heritage, abstracts/ papers may relate to (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Contemporary and recent heritage and sustainable tourism development
  • Crisis management in the tourism, culture and heritage sectors
  • The changing roles of tourism stakeholders, problems and perspectives
  • Limits of acceptable change and nature-based solutions
  • Sustainable planning and marketing for tourism and culture/ heritage
  • Policy-making and governance in the sectors of tourism and culture/ heritage
  • New approaches to destination management
  • New paradigms of governance for sustainable tourism and culture/ heritage
  • New ethics in sustainable tourism and culture/ heritage
  • Local/ regional community-based and bottom-up approaches in tourism planning
  • Co-creation, co-development and innovation in bottom-up, participatory, creative, community-based initiatives in tourism
  • Awareness raising, sensitization, mobilization of local societies/ communities for tourism, heritage and local development
  • Education on sustainable programs in tourism and heritage
  • The digital turn in tourism
  • Special-interest tourism products
  • The role of the landscape in new tourism shifts/ trends
  • Off-the-beaten-track tourism and heritage development
  • Intangible heritage and tourism
  • New urban tourism
  • Smart tourism


Maria Gravari-Barbas

Sofoklis Skoultsos

Theano S. Terkenli

Paris Tsartas


Konstantinos Abeliotis – Harokopio University

Francesca Cominelli – University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IREST

Evangelia Georgitsogianni – Harokopio University

Vasiliki Georgoula – University of the Aegean

Maria Gravari Barbas – University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IREST

Nicholas Karachalis – University of the Aegean

Alexios-Patapios Kontis – University of The Aegean

Ioannis Kostakis – Harokopio University

Vasiliki Kostarelli – Harokopio University

Anna Kyriakaki – University of The Aegean

Roido Mitoula – Harokopio University

Andreas Papatheodorou – University of The Aegean

Despoina Sdrali – Harokopio University

Sofoklis Skoultsos – Harokopio University

Theodoros Stavrinoudis – University of The Aegean

Theano S. Terkenli – University of the Aegean

Eleni Theodoropoulou – Harokopio University

Linda Boukhris, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IREST

Aurélie Condevaux, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IREST

Sébastien Jacquot, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IREST

Jean-Michel Chapuis, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IREST

Jean-Michel Tobelem, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IREST


Submission of Abstracts: 31 October 2023

Notification of Acceptance: 15 November 2023

Submission of Final Paper: 15 April 2024


Abstract text should not exceed a total of 1000 words and the keywords must be 6 or fewer.

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Early Registration (Before  30th of November): 230 EUR

Full Registration:  280 EUR

Student Early Registration: 100 EUR

Student Full Registration: 120 EUR

Further registration details will be announced soon.


Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change

Via Tourism Review

Tourism Geographies