The main objective of this annual International Tourism Students Conference (in short ITSC) is to encourage intercultural exchange between students from different countries specializing in tourism, hospitality, and leisure management studies.

This will be done through research projects, sharing results and discussion about new trends and events in the field of tourism, hospitality, and leisure in a conference setting.

The ITSC is the first conference in this field of expertise especially organized for students. It is a great opportunity to share and expand knowledge in an international academic community.

Aims of the conference
– To provide an event for interaction and information exchange among students from different countries who are studying in the fields of tourism, hospitality management and leisure studies.
– To create an opportunity for students to improve their skills in conducting
research and presenting the findings of their research endeavors.
– To familiarize students with academic and professional conference procedures
and international networking.



The International Tourism Students Conference began in 1986 as a link between the Department of Applied Languages and Tourism in the Université de Savoie (France) and the Department of Tourism Management of the Fachhochschule Heilbronn (Germany).

Rapidly the link spread to the Breda University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) and Bournemouth University (England). As the number of participating institutes extended, with for example the Havana School for Higher Studies on Hotel Management and Tourism in Cuba, the “European label” was modified to “international” in 1996.

Today students from various countries have come together for as many times already to discuss their research findings and to learn from each other, from the lecturers and guest speakers.