Call for Papers

The 29th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research invites academics and scholars to send abstracts for papers to be presented at the symposium. The symposium will be held 21-23 September 2021 in Akureyri, Iceland under the theme Shaping mobile futures: Challenges and possibilities in precarious times. We would like to draw your attention to track no. 5 Tourism innovation for precarious times managed by AIRTH (Alliance for Innovators and Researchers in Tourism and Hospitality).

Tourism has often been heralded as a tool for economic growth and development not least for rural and peripheral areas. However, current global societal challenges such as global climate change, the fourth industrial revolution and the effects of COVID-19 on opportunities to travel and changes to travel behavior put pressures on the tourism sector, companies, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to pursue new or alternative ways to do tourism in responsible ways. Especially the COVID-19 pandemic seems to act as a catalyst to accentuated the need for innovation and creativity in tourism.

This special track centered on innovation in tourism is open to contributions from a broad academic field that address the ability of tourism to respond to societal challenges and shape mobile futures. We welcome submission that contribute to our understanding of innovation success, challenges and failures. The list of possible themes and topics is not exhaustive. 

Potential themes

  • Innovation capacity of tourism firms
  • Digital innovation
  • Smart development and tourism
  • Education and innovation
  • New service and product development
  • Destination networks
  • Information technology in tourism
  • Digital experience innovation

Abstract submission and deadline

To submit your abstract please go to: where descriptions of proposed sessions can be found. Select your session and click on Abstract submission. Submit your abstract of 200-250 words in .docx format. The abstract must include:

  • Name of author and any co-author(s)
  • Contact details of corresponding author
  • Title of abstract

Figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes or other references should not be included in the abstract.


Deadline for abstract submission is 15th of May 2021.

Abstracts submitted will be subject to approval by the session organiser(s) and the decision will be sent by 10th June. After that, symposium registration will open. The registration deadline is 25th of August 2021.

If any questions arise, please contact Ása Marta Sveinsdóttir (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Eyrún Jenný Bjarnadóttir (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Gunnar Þór Jóhannesson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for issues regarding this session specifically.