6th World Research Summit for Hospitality and Tourism 


Online, Live, & On-demand 


December 14-15, 2021 

Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Orlando Florida, USA 

We cordially invite you to attend the 6th World Research Summit for Hospitality and Tourism jointly organized by the Rosen College of Hospitality Management (RCHM) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Elsevier. The summit will take place Online, Live, and On-demand in Orlando, Florida, USA – one of the top-visited cities in the world. This summit also offers unique opportunities to unfold and embrace various repercussions of COVID-19 pandemic with various stakeholders, including academic researchers, industry professionals, and government officials, through dialogues on how to better utilize research outputs for the benefits of the industry, in a resilient, intelligent, and innovative way.   


Summit Theme 

The 6th World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality provides an interactive, dynamic, and shared international conference platform for global academics and practitioners to discuss how to enhance research applications and knowledge management through resilience, adaptability, digital intelligence, innovation, and smart knowledge in shifting economies of scale. Please join us to be a part of this dynamic international platform where the most recent, state-of-the-art, academic research applications of changing global economy will be shared and discussed. 


Summit Topics 

The Summit intends to showcase all aspects and the broadest range of the hospitality and tourism research and welcomes abstracts from various areas, but not necessarily limited to the wide spectrum of topics of interests: 

  • The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on:  
    • The local, regional, or national economic effects of the COVID-19 
    • The challenges of international tourism activity in the aftermath of COVID-19 
    • Stakeholder recovery (economic, social, physical, psychological, etc.) 
    • Resilience building  
    • Decision making, technology and innovation, sustainability, and future strategies in the aftermath of COVID-19 
    • Hospitality education and pedagogy in the aftermath of COVID-19 
  • General Topics:  
    • Policy, planning, and governance 
    • Business analytics, models, and operational practice 
    • Supply-chain management and distribution channels 
    • Marketing, branding and reputation management 
    • Consumer behavior, collaborative consumption, co-creation, decision making, experience and satisfaction 
    • Product, service, and experiential innovations 
    • Sport tourism, festivals, and events, lodging and MICE marketing and management 
    • Competitiveness, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility  
    • Service excellence and service quality 
    • Social media, emerging technologies, and e-tourism 
    • Smart cities, mobile technologies, machine learning, big-data analytics 
    • Business Intelligence Digital Economies 
    • Human resources management and strategic leadership development 
    • Innovation, creativity and change management 
    • Tourism Economics 
    • Crisis management, risk management, safety and security 
    • Education and training 
    • Corporate management 
    • Financial and performance management, and forecasting 
    • Emerging research methods and methodologies 

If you are unsure about a particular topic for the abstract submission, please contact scientific committee chair – Dr. Murat Kizildag at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Submission Guidelines 

The 6th World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality invites researchers to submit original papers that employ conceptual, empirical, and theoretical approaches that provide new insights for theory and practice related to summit topics above. Submitted manuscripts must be original and not published previously or not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions will undergo a double-blind review process by the Summit’s Scientific Committee. All submitted papers should clearly state the background, introduction, purpose, theory (if utilized), methodology, results, conclusions, and theoretical and practical implications of the study using the guidelines provided in the online abstract submission system at https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/world-research-summit-for-hospitality-and-tourism/submit-abstract 

Please note that no exceptions will be made, and submissions will be desk rejected if the abstracts are not submitted electronically and if the abstracts do not follow the template and submission guidelines. 


Key Dates 


Abstract submission deadline: July 16, 2021 

Author & delegate registration deadline: September 24, 2021  


Please note that notification of acceptance/rejection/revision will be given as we proceed with the reviews based on certain number of abstracts. 


Registration Fees  


Registration Fee Breakdown 

Rate (in U.S. Dollars) 


Online Delegates Registration 



Online Author Registration 



Online Faculty Members (UCF Only) 



Online Student Registration  



Online, Live, and On-demand Inclusions: Access to conference sessions, access to poster sessions, program booklet, abstracts, welcome reception, keynote speeches as advertised in the program. Please use this link for more information about the registration fees, procedures, cancellations, etc.: https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/world-research-summit-for-hospitality-and-tourism/register 


For more information and further details about the summit, including the program, key-note speakers, location, etc., please visit the summit website at https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/world-research-summit-for-hospitality-and-tourism 


We look forward to seeing you at the 6th World Research Summit for Hospitality and Tourism.