The International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) is a non-profit membership organization of leading scholars, researchers, and practitioners in the tourism and related fields. ITSA’s mission to encourage interaction and co-operation between developed and developing countries closely links to this conference’s theme of Collaboration and Co-creation Opportunities in Tourism, and fully reflects the importance of tourism as a modern-day engine for growth and development.
The Association was founded in 2006 and has its headquarters office in Washington, D.C., USA. ITSA established its Secretariat office at Peking University in China and has more than 300 individual and institutional members throughout the world. ITSA is unique among international associations of tourism scholars and practitioners as it is the only such association with offices in the United Kingdom, United States, and China. ITSA stages biennial and themed conferences as well as the publication of its academic journal, The International Journal of Tourism Cities. Recent conference venues have included China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Italy and United Kingdom. ITSA’s activities are supported by Regional Vice-Presidents in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Greater China, Middle East, North America, North-East Asia, Oceania, Russia, South and Latin America, South Asia, South-East Asia, UK and Ireland, and Western Europe.
This year the 7th Biennial ITSA Conference will coincide with the 2nd International Tourism Educators South Africa (TESA) Conference. The conference is supported by the South African National Convention Bureau, Gauteng Tourism Authority and the City of Tshwane.
The key themes of the Conference in the City of Tshwane, South Africa are:
- Tourism Cities and Urban Tourism;
- The Brazilian, Russian, Indian, Chinese and South African outbound tourism market;
- Tourism Policy, Planning and Governance;
- The Blue Ocean Economy and Tourism;
- Teaching and Learning in Tourism and Hospitality
- Wildlife Tourism, Conservation and Nature Based Tourism products
This conference covers a wide range of topics which combine interests across a broad spectrum. It is a must attend for tourism professionals, academics, industry stakeholders and government organisations who wish to keep at the forefront of the latest developments and trends in the sector.
We hope you will join us and look forward in seeing you at The 7th Biennial International Tourism Studies Association Conference and the 2nd International Tourism Educators South Africa (TESA) Conference on African soil.
Mzansi greetings from the conference chair.
Cinà van Zyl
University of South Africa