Rethymnon, Crete, Greece 23-26 June 2021

Rethymnon, Crete, Greece 23-26 June 2021



The ICOT2021 conference builds on the eminent support of the international scholarly community and the success of the previous ten International Conferences on Tourism (ICOT) held in Greece, China, Cyprus, U.K., Italy, Thailand, Portugal but also virtually following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The twenty-first century has brought unprecedented challenges for tourism, hospitality and destinations. Until the end of 2019, globalization vs glocalization, extravagant economic and travel activity, marked issues related to climate change, over-tourism vs degrowth, overdevelopment, and were paired with economic crises, socio-cultural problems, terrorism and battles. Then, the outbreak of a pandemic disease changed the scenery and priorities for destinations, as well as the tourism and hospitality industry. Even experienced and ‘heavy’ travelers need to again fall back in love with travelling as travel motives are reformed. Destinations, which in 2019 were troubled with over-tourism, now need to redevelop their strategic plans. Focusing on the place rather than the destination brand becomes a priority in order to effectively resume the travel activity, manage incoming tourism demand and be marked as safe for international and domestic travelers and investors but also for locals.

ICOT 2021 seeks to add to the debate regarding how to decrease risk and uncertainty in order to resume the tourism and economic activity. For some, a focus on sustainable practices and ongoing crisis management to more promptly deal with any similar future crisis, appears more necessary than ever before. On the other hand, other practitioners and scholars believe that the effect of COVID-19 on the traveler’s behavior and attitude as well as the regional and domestic tourism landscape is temporary.

The conference will stimulate discussion and exchange of ideas related to the conference theme and beyond, between tourism professionals, academics, researchers, policy-makers, consultants, practitioners, government officials and postgraduate students from tourism academia and related fields.

We therefore invite submissions on all aspects of tourism development, policy, planning, growth and degrowth that will add to the current debate.


Conference Themes

The conference will focus on a broad range of topics related to tourism, including (but not limited to):

Tourism Development, Policy and Planning

Sustainability, Degrowth and Overtourism

Alternative and Special Forms of Tourism

Community Responses to Tourists and Tourism

Collaboration and Cooperation between Stakeholders

Emerging Tourism Destinations

Theoretical Perspectives on Tourism

Economic/Social/Environmental/Cultural Impacts of Tourism

World Heritage Sites

Industry’s Role in Managing Growth

Tourism Education and its Role in Managing Tourism Development

Information Technology in Tourism

Destination/Place Marketing

Challenges and Best Practices of Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management

Tourism Research and Methodology

Globalisation Effects

Negotiation in Tourism

Tourism Mobilities

Transportation and Tourism

Authenticity and Commodification

The Future of Tourism

Climate Change and Natural Disasters

The Effects of Crime, Terrorism, Safety and Security

Evolution and Transformation of Booking and Distribution Channels

Managing Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism

Responsible Tourism for Conservation and Development

Social Networking and New Forms of Tourism

Innovation in Tourism


Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts are invited for concurrent sessions and poster presentations. The abstract will be the sole criterion for reviewers to decide the acceptance (or not) of the paper or poster for presentation. Thus the abstract should clearly communicate the objective(s) of the work, the results and their significance, and the advancement over previous work. Time and effort spent constructing a clear, concise, and well-written abstract will maximize the chances of the paper being accepted. Original and significant work is a prerequisite for paper acceptance.

Submitted abstracts should be between 250 and 350 words. Please submit your abstract using EasyChair at


Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline (250-350 words)

13th May 2021

Notification of acceptance / referees’ amendments

28th May 2021


23 – 26 June 2021


Conference Fees


Early Registration
(Until 2nd June 2021)

Late Registration
(Until 10th June 2021)

Full registration



Research Students 



Accompanying Persons (non-academic)




Contact Details

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