Call for Abstracts Hospitality and Tourism Education Symposium

Theme of the symposium: Forward Looking into Hospitality and Tourism Education --- Prospects and Challenges

November 23-24, Macao, China

Hosted by Macao Polytechnic University


We are pleased to invite you to the Hospitality and Tourism Education Symposium that will be held in Macao, China, on 23-24 November, 2023.  The symposium aims to place hospitality and tourism education (HTE) under scrutiny by unearthing innovative HTE paradigms and practices that could address the needs of the hospitality and tourism industries in the forthcoming decade.  In particular, we need to envisage the future and consider how we should educate our students in hospitality and tourism in ways that can enable students: to value interpersonal services, be capable of working with AI algorithms and robotics while being empathetic and productive, to maintain high skill sets ranging from food services to experience design, to utilize the big data generated from guests and clients with a purpose to better serve guests and clients, and to actively seek solutions of offering low or zero carbon hospitality and tourism products.

Call for abstracts

The organizing committee invites extended abstracts on the following topics (but not limited to them):

  1. Looking into the future, what types of talents are required for a productive workforce in Hospitality and Tourism industry?
  2. The latest students, faculty, and industry perceptions of the need for an overhaul of HT education in the future.
  3. Identifying and preparing skills for the future Hospitality & Tourism industry - new curricula, new pedagogy, and new assessments.
  4. Identifying tourist behavior changes in the era of technology 4.0, such as growing attention on health, work-life balance, emotional wellbeing, and the consequential implications for HT education.
  5. How to innovate in techno-blended teaching and learning in HT education and research?
  6. How to add value to HT education by looking into the future - what will attractive HT programs look like?
  7. What are the implications of an ageing population, changing demand for HT products and services, and the consequential implications for HT education?
  8. Preparing environmentally friendly hospitality and tourism product designs, service procedures, and the implications of HT education.
  9. Any other subject area related to study tours andemergent forms of tourism that could facilitate experiential learning and self-growth.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Chris Ryan

University of Waikato, New Zealand


Prof. Bob McKercher

University of Queensland, Australia


Prof. Po-Ju Chen

North Carolina Central University, United States of America



Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 31, 2023

Decision Notification: May 1, 2023

Registration open: May 1, 2023

Full Paper Submission (optional) Deadline: 30 October 2023 



Submit an abstract of 500 words (including references) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit an ABSTRACT of 500 words for review (saved with MS WORD, Not PDF). All submissions to the symposium must be original work and not yet submitted to elsewhere for publication. (Authors are free to publish submitted work after the symposium).

Submissions must be written in English in MS Word format.

Formatting: the title of the paper is centered at the top of the first page of an abstract. Each abstract should include an introduction, literature review, methodology, findings, implications and/or conclusions/theoretical contributions, and a short list of references.  

Authors who wish to be considered for Best Paper Awards must submit full papers in addition to an abstract. Best Paper Awards will be competitively selected by the Best Paper Selection Committee. Full papers should be limited to 7500 words excluding references. An anonymous version of your paper is required when submitting a full paper.

A title page file should be created including the following information.

-Title of the manuscript

-Author information

-All author names, including first and last name

-All up-to-date author email addresses

All author affiliations and countries

-Corresponding author indicator

Publication Opportunities

Full papers are welcome to be submitted to the special issue of Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, which is a supporting journal of the conference. Please see details in the link below if you would like to be considered for the special issue of JHTE.

Please kindly refer to JHTE's Instructions for Authors for this Special Issue, particularly about the formatting that should be in line with JHTE’s requirements. Information is available at:


Venue of the symposium

 Macao Polytechnic University (Address: Rua de Luis Gonzaga Gomes, Macao, China)

Registration Fee: MOP 800 (equivalent to US$ 100)

Registration fee covers:

welcome reception, refreshment breaks, conference lunch in which best paper awards will be announced, attendance to all symposium sessions and a certificate of attendance.

Accepted authors (or at least one of the co-authors of an accepted abstract) should register for the conference to present their research at Macao Polytechnic University.  The same amount of registration fee will be applied to all participants and it is non-refundable.

Please visit the symposium website at   Details of the symposium program will be announced later.  For further information about submission and registration, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Macao, China.