International Conference on Cultural Tourism Advances

Dario Patrizio Imperatore
Dario Patrizio Imperatore

The next “International Conference on Cultural Tourism Advances” will be held at the KU Leuven, Brussels, Campus in Belgium on the 27th-28th of June 2023. This is the joint event of the six EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation projects on Cultural Tourism.

NEW, July 2023:
Download the Conference Proceedings (speakers' slides) from the bottom of this page. (PDF format, 46.6 MB).

While exact estimates are difficult to make, it has repeatedly been mentioned that approximately 40% of all European tourists make a destination choice based on cultural offerings. This leads to significant economic effects and has further strengthened the view of cultural heritage as a strategic resource for its economic impact, but also for its role in creating and enhancing social capital and achieving the goals of smart, sustainable, and inclusive growth. At the same time, economic effects have been distributed unequally – often being more prevalent in urbanized areas – and the exponential growth of tourism (notwithstanding the dip during the Covid-19 pandemic) created issues of both over-and-under exploitation.

The goal of this Conference is to further understand the sustainable development potential of cultural tourism by focusing on successful policy interventions, new cultural tourism trends, advances in visitor management systems, and new business and/or governance models.

Expected contributions include technical papers (presenting recent advances in Cultural Tourism) and project papers (describing their major outcomes in the Cultural Tourism domain).

Selected and presented papers are expected to be published under GOLD open Access by a Springer book reflecting the breakthroughs and future perspectives of Cultural Tourism.