How might we encourage sustainable consumption of tourism-related services?

All abstracts that investigate perspectives of meeting the challenges surrounding consumer behaviour and developing more sustainable tourism are welcome.


Topics and sub-themes include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Changing lifestyles and generations – will the tourists of tomorrow have the same priorities as yesterday?
  • How can we make sustainably friendly behaviour the easy behaviour?
  • How do we create more effective promotion of sustainable and climate-friendly travel options?
  • How might climate change modify consumer behaviour in terms of choice of destinations and travel patterns?
  • How to close the gap between sustainability/climate awareness and travel behaviour?
  • Government interventions and campaigns – are they effective in changing consumer travel behaviour?
  • If ‘Bucket Lists’ and ‘Instagrammable spots’ are a consumer behaviour and overtourism problem – what are the solutions?
  • Communication in times of environmental crises (eg,. fires, floods, extreme temperatures)
  • Promoting sustainable and healthier lives though leisure and tourism activities.
  • If we can’t get tourists to respect the environment, is limiting or banning tourism the only way forward?
  • Modifying consumer behaviour – re-thinking loyalty schemes and their effect on traveller consumer behaviour.
  • Cross-cultural consumer behaviour and the differing global perceptions of tourism sustainability
  • Skills development and education – how to get employees to embrace and engage consumers in more sustainable behavior?
  • Eco-brands and certification – are they clearly positioned or confused in the consumer’s mind?
  • Industry case-studies on bringing about practical changes - documented impact on changing consumer behaviour.
  • Are luxury and tourism incompatible bedfellows when it comes to sustainability
  • Other topics relevant to the broader focus of the conference.


All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. The abstracts should clearly state the research question(s), approach, method, data, and (expected) results. The official language of the conference is English. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, excluding data, figures, and references. The title should be no more than 12 words. Authors should also indicate which conference theme their proposed paper relates to.

Review, Acceptance & Presentation

After the abstracts have been peer-reviewed, authors will receive an acceptance/non-acceptance notification. When your abstract has been approved you will receive further guidelines for presentation.

During the symposium, there will be approximately 20-minute oral presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion) for each paper.

Note: presented full papers will not be published in e.g. proceedings of this symposium. 

Key Dates

31 Mar 2024

Abstract submission deadline

15 Apr 2024

Acceptance notification

24 – 26 Jun 2024


Scientific Committee

Perry Hobson

Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Corné Dijkmans

Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Marion Karl

University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Linda Osti

Free University of Bolzano, Italy

Ondrej Mitas

Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Cihan Cobanoglu

University of South Florida, United States of America

Effie Steriopoulos

William Angliss Institute, Australia

Jeroen Nawijn

Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Grzegorz Kapuscinski

Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Marcel Bastiaansen

Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Peter Lugosi

Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Jeroen Klijs

Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands