Building on the success of the previous conferences, the 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE with the theme “THE CULTURAL AND SUSTAINABILITY SYNERGIES” will provide a timely and interactive international platform for academics and industry practitioners from cultural, heritage, communication and innovational tourism backgrounds and interests to meet, discuss and debate cultural, heritage and other tourism issues that will affect the future direction of hospitality and tourism research and practice in a digital and innovational era. The Conference is supported by the International Association of Cultural and Digital Tourism.

The aim of this conference is to gather people from academia, industry, government, and other organizations, in order to discuss and develop new perspectives in the field of tourism, travel, hospitality, culture and heritage, leisure, and sports within a knowledge society in a smart economy.

Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind review process. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under Springer publications.

This conference will provide a good mix of stimulating discussions, cutting edge paper presentations and interesting social events. Athens’ multi-faceted sights, attractions and city life appeal to diverse groups of tourists, where shopping, authentic local and fusion gastronomy and clubbing experiences offer a wide range of choices and prices.

Conference themes

Topics include but are not limited to:

Knowledge economy and Smart Destinations
ICTs Adoption for Regional Development, Sustainability and Tourism Experience
Emerging technologies, Mobile Services, Gaming, Gamification and Augmented Reality
Location-based Services, Internet-of-Things and Smart Cities
Heritage and Museum Management in the Digital Era
Digital collections and the virtual visitor
Innovations in museum interpretation and collections management and Cross cultural visions
Cultural and Digital Tourism Statistics, Economics and Forecasting
Cultural tourism policy, planning, and governance
Cultural and Digital Tourism Marketing, Management and e-learning
Tourism Consumer behavior, decision making, experience and satisfaction
Sport tourism, Innovations in sports tourism/Sports as cultural heritage
Festivals and events, lodging and MICE marketing and management
Competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, service excellence and service quality
Social media, Social Networking and ICTs for Partnership and Collaboration
Human resources management and strategic leadership development
Innovation, creativity and change management
Financial and performance management regarding cultural and heritage tourism topics
Emerging research methods and methodologies
Wine tourism and gastronomy
Film Tourism
Pilgrimage and Spiritual Tourism
Medical, Wellness and Health Tourism
Tourism and Maritime Policy and Cultural Ports
Cultural landscape and tourism
Other topics of contemporary significance in hospitality and tourism with a global focus

Conference committees

Conference Chair

Katsoni Vicky, President of IACUDIT, TEI of Athens, Greece


Conference Co-Chairs

Arikan Irfan, University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Georgopoulos Andreas, AFRPSoc, CIPA President, NTUA
Stratigea Anastasia, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece


Scientific Committee

Abranja Nuno Alexandre, ISCE, Portugal
Alireza Bafandeh Zendeh, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Amitabh Upadhya​, ​Dean​, ​Skyline University College​, UAE
Amorim Ericka, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Arikan Dündar Alev,Anadolu University Tourism Faculty, Turkey
Arikan Irfan, University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Armaitiene Ausrine, Klaipėda University, Lithuania
Aslam MSM, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka
Aspridis George, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly, Greece
Bait Miriam, University of Milan, Italy
Banat Mohammad M., Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Bavik Ali, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau
Belias Dimitrios, University of Thessaly, Greece
Booth Elizabeth, University of Greenwich, UK
Cahyanto Ignatius, Black Hills State University, USA
Cannas Rita, Università degli studi di Cagliari, Italy
Caruana Simon, University of Malta, Malta
Chen Brendan, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taiwan
Clarke Alan, University of Pannonia, Hungary
Connell Joanne, University of Exeter Business School, UK
Cristiana Oliveira , School of Tourism, Sports & Hospitality, Portugal
Croes Robertico, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA
Darling James, University of California, USA
Daniel Barrera-Fernández, Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez De Oaxaca, Mexico
Deffner Alex, University of Thessaly, Greece
De Man​ ​Adriaan​,​ Universidade Europeia and the Universidade Nova​, Portugal​
Devidze Eka, International Black Sea University, Georgia
Dieke Peter, Kwara State University, Nigeria
Do Cam Tho, Institute for Tourism Development Research,Vietnam
Dologlou Natali, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Du Cros Hilary, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Durrani Fazli Sattar, Hazara University, Pakistan
Dvořáková- Líšková Zuzana, University of South Bohemia, Czech Repulic
Ekiz Erdogan, King Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Elnasr Sobaih Abu, Cardiff School of Management, UK
Fernández Latorre Francisco, University of Seville, Spain
Figueira Victor, Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Portugal
Filimon Nela, Universitat de Girona, Spain
Galal Mohamed Hamza, PhD, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Ganas Ioannis, Deputy President , Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Greece
Gouliamos Kostas, European University, Cyprus
Gozzoli Roberto, Mahidol University International College, Thailand
Halkier Henrik, Aalborg University, Denmark​
Hji-Avgoustis Sotiris, Ball State University, Indiana, USA
Irfan Arikan, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria
Kapiki Tania, ATEI of Thessaloniki, Greece
Kefis Vassilis, Panteion University, Greece
King Brian, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Kiohos Apostolos, University of Macedonia, Greece
Kokkranikal Jithendran, University of Greenwich, UK
Komninou Ioanna, Athens Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Koustelios Athanasios, University of Thessaly, Greece
Koutsouris Alex, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
Krizaj Dejan, University of Primorska, Slovenia
Leszek Koziol, PhD, Malopolska School of Economics in Tarnow
Limone Pierpaolo, Università di Foggia, Italy
Liu Tsong-Zen, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Taiwan
Lo Chih-cheng, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan
Loulanski, Vesselin Panov European College of Economics and Management
Lugosi Peter, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Lundberg Hans, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Mancarella Marco, Università del Salento, Italy
Manhas Parikshat Singh, University of Jammu, India
Manuel Rivera, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA
Maurer, Christian University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Mikros George, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Mitropoulou Vasiliki, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Mohammed Masood, Shadan Business School, India
Mónica Gelós, National University of Comahue, Argentina
Moustafa Mohamed, Helwan University, Egypt
Murić Mehmed, European Center for Peace and Development, Serbia
Nadda Vipin, University of Sunderland, UK
Nadkarni Sanjay, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, United Arab Emirates
Nasserzadeh S.M.R., University of Tehran, Iran
Negrusa Adina, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania
Neshkov M, Varna University of Economics, Bulgaria
Nijkamp Peter, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nikas Ioannis , TEI of Western Greece
Nimit Chowdhary, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, India
Njeguš Angelina, Singidunum University, Serbia
Omran Abdelnaser, University Sains Malaysia , Malaysia
Özgür ÖZER, Erbakan University Konya, TURKEY
Pace Rosaria, University of Foggia, Italy
Palmer Nicola,Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Panagopoulos Alkiviadis, TEI of Western Greece
Panagopoulos Tasos, TEI of Western Greece
Panigyrakis George, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Papakonstantinou George, University of Thessaly, Greece
Paraskevopoulos John, TEI of Athens, Greece
Parikshat Singh Manhas, University of Jammu, Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Parlinska Maria, Warsaw University, Poland
Paschaloudis D., Technological Education Institute of Central Macedonia,, Greece
Pelet Jean-Éric, KMCMS, ESCE Paris, Nantes University, France
Pícha Kamil, University of South Bohemia, Czech Repulic
Pirvu Cerasela, University of Craiova, Romania
Pitropou Ekaterini, University of Athens, Greece
Polymeris Spyros, University of Athens, Greece
Pop Cornelia, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania
Powell Ray, University of Greenwich, UK
Pulido Fernandez Juan Ignacio, University of Jaén, Spain
Reddy V.J.Byra, College of Management & Economic Studies, India
Reid Stuart, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Reino Sofía, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Rolínek Ladislav, University of South Bohemia, Czech Repulic
Sahinidis Alex , TEI of Athens, Greece
Sair Aziz, University Ibn Zohr Agadir, Morocco
Samad Aali, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran
Sdrolias Labros, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly, Greece
Škodová- Parmová Dagmar, University of South Bohemia, Czech Repulic
Smaranda Adina COSMA, Vice Dean, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Sameh Ahmed Refaat, King Saud University, Riyadh
Saarinen Jarkko, University of Oulu, Finland
Saviour Formosa, Malta Environment & Planning Authority,Malta
Segarra Marival, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.
Sérgio Maravilhas Lopes, North Carolina State Univ., USA
Sgouropoulou Cleo, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece
Sheresheva Marina, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Sigala Marianna, University of the Aegean, Greece
Siomkos George,Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Skoufas George, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
Snežana Štetić, College of Tourism, Serbia
Sobaih Abu Elnasr, Cardiff School of Management, UK
Sotiriadis Marios, University of South Africa, South Africa
Spevec Dubravka, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Spyrakos Constantine, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Stavrinoudis Theodoros , University Of The Aegean, Greece
Steckenbauer Georg Christian, Κrems University, Austria
Stergiou Dimitrios, Hellenic Open University, Greece
Štetić Snežana, College of Tourism in Belgrade, Serbia
Stratigea Anastasia, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece
Sylaiou​ ​Stella​,​ Hellenic Open University​,Greece
Tatsuo Kimbara,Hiroshima Shudo University, Japan
Theuma Nadia, University of Malta, Malta
Tiago Flavio, Azores University, Portugal
Tomazos Konstantinos, University of Strathclyde, UK
Tsartas Paris, University of the Aegean, Greece
Tsiotas Dimitrios, University of Thessaly, Greece
Tsolkas John, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Turnšek Hančič Maja, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Vargas Sanchez Alfonso, Huelva University, Spain
Veleva Maria,Varna University, Bulgaria
Venersanopoulou Maro, Panteion University, Greece
Voyatzis Ioannis, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece
Vrana Vasiliki, Technological Educational Institute of Serres, Greece
Vrondou Ourania, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Xing Huibin, Hebei University, China
Yasin Bilim, Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey
Zafiropoulos Kostas, University of Macedonia, Greece
Zarkada Anna, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Zawadka Jan, Wasaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Zotos Yorgos, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus


Organizing Committee

Giourgali Artemis, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Karagianni Olympia, TEI of Athens, Greece
Lampropoulos Aris, TEI of Athens, Greece
Radosław Pyrek, Malopolska School of Economics, Poland