News

70th Anniversary - Let's celebrate!

Since 1951 the AIEST as the first scientific organisation in tourism has been shaping tourism futures. 2021 we'll celebrate its efforts and successes in applied, interdisciplinary and solution oriented research and consultation. It is also a time to ask  for visions of and innovative solutions for the future(s) of tourism and tourism related challenges.

Highlights of the anniversary year:

Winners of the awards of the AIEST conference 2021 in Lucerne

The BEST CONTRIBUTION AWARD goes to Kirstin Hallmann and Anita Zehrer for their paper 
"The importance of landscapes and sportscapes for sport experiences in destinations".
Equal runner ups are (all with the same ranks):

  • Petr Stumpf and Petr Janecek for their paper "System dynamics modelling: the decision making support in tourism destination marketing"
  • Rofolfo Baggio and Miriam Scaglione for their paper "Weather conditions in urban destinations - An analysis of visitor flows. The case of the "Geneva City pass".

The PETER KELLER AWARD for the best contribution uniting theory and practice goes to Thomas Steiner for his paper "Web scraping for real estate list prices in Swiss tourism destinations - the advent of citizen brokers?".
1st and 2nd runner ups are (respectively):

  • Sara Dolnicar, Hongwei Li, Bettina Grün, and Marius Portmann for their paper "Gearing up for sustainable tourism: automatic plate waste measurement at all-you-can-eat buffets".
  • Jürg Stettler, Melanie Wyss, and Florian Eggli for their paper "Rigi and Overtourism: A transdisciplinary solution approach".

The AIEST PHD AWARD for the best PhD candidate contribution goes to Adrian Müller and Andreas Wittmer for their paper "The end of international business air travel? Pandemics, climate change, and the need to meet".
1st and 2nd runner ups are (respectively):

  • Florian Gasser for his paper "The role of social media influencers in tourism research: A derivation of a processual model of influencing, influencer characteristics, and research operationalisations".
  • Pascal Troxler, Marcus Roller, and Monica Bandi Tanner for their paper "The effects of weather forecasts on skier demand".

The future of tourism with and potentially after SARS-CoV-2 - Continuous small steps and drawbacks towards a temporary new "normal"

AIEST assesses with this report the current situation as of end of September 2020. At the moment, the situation is volatile, and the duration of the crisis cannot yet be conclusively assessed. Hence, any type of forecasts can only be made with limitations. Nevertheless: the report tries to give you an idea of the situation with the help of some considerations along the following issues:

  • Observation of travel and tourism in the past three months: Changes in individual (travel)  behaviour, changes in the appearance of tourism and tourism related services 
  • Short and medium-term changes in guest behaviour
  • Long-term perspective: terminated previous travel trends, new travel trends

Click here for the report.

This short report has been jointly prepared by the following persons (in alphabetic order): Airey David, Bieger Thomas (co-lead), Ermen David, Hannonen Olga, Ferraretto Valeria, Hood Steve, Ivanov Stanislav, Jarolimkova Libena, Joppe Marion, Laesser Christian (lead), Lohmann Martin, Majewska Justyna, Mifsud Alfred, Mihalic Tanja, Ohe Yasuo, Origet du Cluzeaud Claude, Patellis Yannis, Paunovic, Ivan, Pechlaner Harald, Plzáková Lucie, Popesku Jovan, Reinhold Stephan, Roller Marcus, Smeral Egon, Vu Chien Thang, Williams Peter, Zare Samira.

This assessment draws from experiences in the following countries: Australia, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

(Immediate) future of tourism in the wake of relaxing SARS-CoV-2 shutdowns: Small steps to a temporary new “normal”

Many countries are now beginning to implement the first relaxations in the SARS-CoV-2 related shutdown. Even if tourism service providers are, due to their nature (mobility and human proximity), among the last to benefit from such relaxation measures, possible developments in the revival of the "tourism" phenomenon are already becoming apparent. The present report discusses these on the basis of three specific questions.

Click here for the report.

This short report has been jointly prepared by the following persons (in alphabetic order): Airey David, Bieger Thomas (co-lead), Ermen David, Hannonen Olga, Ferraretto Valeria, Hood Steve, Ivanov Stanislav, Jarolimkova Libena, Joppe Marion, Laesser Christian (lead), Lohmann Martin, Majewska Justyna, Mifsud Alfred, Mihalic Tanja, Ohe Yasuo, Origet Claude, Patellis Yannis, Paunovic, Ivan, Pechlaner Harald, Plzáková Lucie, Popesku Jovan, Reinhold Stephan, Roller Marcus, Smeral Egon, Vu Chien Thang, Williams Peter, Zare Samira

The response of tourism businesses vis-à-vis the economic ramifications of SARS-CoV-2 - Opening intellectual and real avenues for innovations

Since many tourism and leisure activities can contribute significantly to the spread of SARS-CoV-2, it is not surprising that corresponding business activities have to endure a comprehensive and long lockdown. The response options of various industries to this lockdown are limited. However, as this short report shows, there are systematic, albeit limited, solutions to limit the economic impact to a certain extent by their own efforts.

Click here for the report

This short report has been jointly prepared by the following persons (in alphabetic order):
Airey David, Bieger Thomas (co-lead), Ermen David, Hannonen Olga, Ferraretto Valeria, Hood Steve, Ivanov Stanislav, Jarolimkova Libena, Joppe Marion, Laesser Christian (lead), Lohmann Martin, Majewska Justyna, Mifsud Alfred, Mihalic Tanja, Ohe Yasuo, Origet Claude, Patellis Yannis, Paunovic, Ivan, Pechlaner Harald, Plzáková Lucie, Popesku Jovan, Reinhold Stephan, Roller Marcus, Smeral Egon, Vu Chien Thang, Williams Peter, Zare Samira

The response of governments vis-à-vis the economic ramifications of SARS-CoV-2

Updated overview as of April 04, 2020

Many economic activities have more or less come to a standstill since measures were taken against the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This includes tourism in particular. Governments in various countries have therefore taken measures to cushion the economic costs of this shutdown. This brief report presents and comments some of these measures as well as countries in which they have been implemented or planned.

Click here for the report

This short report has been jointly prepared by the following persons (in alphabetic order):
Airey David, Ermen David, Hannonen Olga, Ferraretto Valeria, Hood Steve, Ivanov Stanislav,  Jarolimkova Libena, Joppe Marion, Laesser Christian (lead), Lohmann Martin, Majewska Justyna, Mifsud Alfred, Mihalic Tanja, Origet Claude, Patellis Yannis, Paunovic, Ivan, Pechlaner Harald, Plzáková Lucie, Popesku Jovan, Reinhold Stephan, Roller Marcus, Smeral Egon, Vu Chien Thang, Williams Peter, Yohe Yasuo, Zare Samira.

The following countries and territories are exemplary included in this assessment:
Australia, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Winners of the awards of the AIEST conference 2019 in Varna, Bulgaria

 

The BEST CONTRIBUTION AWARD goes to Sara Dolnicar, Emil Juvan, Bettina Grün for their paper “Reducing plate waste at hotel buffets”.
First runner up for the Best Contribution Award is Yasuo Ohe for his paper “Issues of farmer’s identity and efficiency of tourism-oriented diversification: revised from a perspective of behavioral economics”.

The PETER KELLER AWARD for the best contribution uniting theory and practice goes to Lidija Lalicic, Irem Önder, Ko Koens, Jessika Weber for their paper “Serious gaming: an Innovative method to engage stakeholders with sustainable tourism planning”.
First runner up for the Peter Keller Award is Jana Kučerová and Tomáš Gajdošík for their paper “Reengineering of local destination management organizations in Slovakia”.

The PHD AWARD for the best PhD candidate contribution goes to Annika Aebli for her paper “The role of gamified technology in the tourist experience”.
First runner up for the PhD Award was Sebastian Speer for his paper “Entrepreneurship as a catalyst for sustainability-oriented business models in tourism”.

First Tourism Science Slam at ITB Berlin

ITB Berlin together with the AIEST (International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism) and the DGT (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaft) has offered the first Tourism Science Slam.
This Slam vividly conveys research results on air travel, hotel accommodation and beach holidays. Science Slams are easy to understand, very instructive, highly entertaining and they get to the point very quickly.

 

 

AIEST at 2nd UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations

Prof. Dr. Harald Pechlaner (AIEST President) and Dr. Dirk Glaesser (AIEST member and Director Risk and Crisis Management at UNWTO World Tourism Organization) meet the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashwili at the UNWTO World Conference on Smart Destinations which was held June 25-27, 2018 in Oviedo (Spain).

AIEST at ITB Berlin

Prof. Dr. Christian Laesser and Prof. Dr. Harald Pechlaner as AIEST representatives took part in a discussion at ITB Berlin on March 10, 2018:

Overtourism: Status Quo, Massnahmen, Best Practices in europäischen Tourismusdestinationen

New Book: The Economics of Tourism Destinations. Theory and Practice, 3th ed. Routledge.

Norbert Vanhove's book provides a succinct guide to the economic aspects of tourism for students and practitioners alike to decipher the methods of measurement of supply, demand, trends and impacts. Each chapter combines theory and practice and is integrated with international case studies. Combining macro and micro aspects of economics to the tourism destination, this is an invaluable resource for students learning about this subject and it is also aimed at tourism researchers and policy makers.

Have a look at the flyer.

New Book: Changing Paradigms in Sustainable Mountain Tourism Research

Environmental, social and economic sustainability is an important topic of today’s decision makers in tourism. This book, edited by Harald Pechlaner, Peter Keller, Sabine Pichler and Klaus Weiermair, provides profound insights into current concepts and challenges of sustainable tourism development – with particular regard to mountain destinations worldwide.

Have a look at the new book.

Publication

New Challenges for Tourism Promotion
«Tackling High Competition and Multimedia Changes», Euro 29.95