The theme of 2022 conference is Green(ing) Destinations: „If it’s not green – fix it“ – How Sustainable Approaches Can Champion Tourism Futures
Each student delegation should prepare and present an original research paper based on some aspect of this theme.

This topic calls for critical reflections on sustainable tourism destinations. More
specifically, it places focus on the application of green(ing) strategies for destination
development, whereby a focus on strategic sustainability supports destination differentiation, authenticity and competitiveness.

The encouragement of an interdisciplinary approach to the ITSC demands first and foremost that the definitions and applications of the concept of sustainability and sustainable destination development are positioned. Therefore, we provide 3-4 key pieces of literature to get you started:
Chang, C. L., McAleer, M., & Ramos, V. (2020). A charter for sustainable tourism after COVID-19. Sustainability (Switzerland), 12(9), 10–13.

Higgins-Desbiolles, F. (2020). The “war over tourism”: challenges to sustainable tourism in the tourism academy after COVID-19. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 0(0), 1–19.

Postma, A., Cavagnaro, E., & Spruyt, E. (2017). Sustainable tourism 2040. Journal of Tourism Futures, 3(1), 13–22.
Sharpley, R. (2020). Tourism, sustainable development and the theoretical divide: 20 years on. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 28(11), 1932–1946.

Each paper should include:

Cover sheet: This should include the paper title, author names, affiliation, and full contact details.

Biographical notes: Short bio-texts including a summary of each author’s background and/or career goals and interests (around 60 words per author).

Abstract: The abstract (around 150 words) should state concisely what was done and why, what was found, and what was concluded.

Main text: The text should be clearly subdivided with titled headings, normally including: Introduction, Research Aims, Methodology, Findings and Conclusions (Note: the sections and headings may vary according to the nature of the research).

Footnotes: Please keep footnotes to a minimum.

References: Please use the APA style guide for citations. In the text, references should be cited using the author/date style. Examples: (Buhalis 2014) or (Micera and Presenza 2013; Smith 2014, 2015). Page numbers for specific points or direct quotations must be given (Williams 2011:74). Full references must be provided in a list in a separate section at the end of the text.

Papers should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words. They should be typed in font size 12, double spaced, following an acceptable standard format for academic papers.


Each Delegation will give a 20-minute presentation of their paper, to an audience consisting of all the student delegations and accompanying staff. A projector with screen and sound system will be available and students are encouraged to use audio-visual support in their presentations.


All papers will be reviewed by a panel consisting of experts from the industry and/or the academic field. The delegation with the best paper and the delegation with the best presentation will each receive an award during the gala dinner on the final evening of the conference.