The theme of this year’s conference is: Tourism 4.0 – Opportunities and Limitations of Digitalization in Tourism.
Each student delegation should prepare and present an original research paper based on some aspect of this theme. This might involve, for example, exploring the theme from the perspective of the tourism industry or tourists themselves. You may wish to focus on a particular sector (e.g. accommodation, attractions, events), a particular segment (e.g. millennials, seniors) or a particular destination. Please try to avoid writing papers which are merely descriptive – empirical investigation is strongly encouraged, using a suitable methodology and appropriate data collection methods (e.g. a questionnaire survey, a case study, interviews or focus groups, digital ethnography, etc.), as well as a critical and reflective approach to the data analysis.

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.