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APac Call for Papers 2017

third apac call for papers, 2017



Travel and Tourism Research Association,

Asia Pacific Chapter: TTRA APac

5th Annual Conference

Leveraging Tourism Sustainability in Asia-Pacific through Research and Practice


School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong SAR, P. R. China

December 6th – 8th, 2017

The 5th annual conference of TTRA APac will be held in one of the most exciting international destinations, Hong Kong, hosted by School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. We are pleased to invite research focused practitioners and the academic community to submit their ideas and concepts for sessions and papers at this year’s conference.

As well as concurrent research papers presenting the latest tourism developments in our region, we have a great range of speakers and panels, including

Keynotes - 

Professor Cathy Hsu, Chair Professor, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mr Anthony Lau, Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board
Ms Sarah Matthew, Head of Destination Marketing APAC, TripAdvisor
Mr Frank Huang, General Manager of Hotel Sector, Alibaba Group

Special Panels -

Special Panel I: Empowering women in tourism: Fair futures and diverse economies
2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, so it is appropriate that we address the UNWTO agenda that includes using gender analysis and gender training, tackling inequality and discrimination, facilitating female access to jobs and/or fair participation in travel supply-chains. This track invites papers that address the ways that women assert authority in the design, delivery and future proofing of enterprise, practice sustainable tourism and influence community development; as individuals, a group, in cultural or other settings.   Panellists will respond to selected papers, present their views and debate issues. General hospitality and tourism papers will also be considered.

Special Panel II: Media and tourism: From travel writing to film
We are proud to host our third special session on tourism and the media, following this popular theme from earlier editions of the conference. Tourism has a demonstrated interdependent relationship with the media that can be used to leverage sustainability in the Asia-Pacific, and this track will explore different aspects of this relationship. The special track invites papers on topics from travel writing, contents tourism, through to movies, and all media in-between (including, though not limited to popular and new media). Papers that reflect the theme are preferred, though general tourism and media papers will also be considered.

There will be paper sessions following these two panels and proposed journal special editions on those themes to follow the conference.

Extended Abstracts of Research Papers (Academic and Practitioner):


Academic research paper: please provide a 500-750 word extended abstract. Please follow the submission guidelines of Journal of Travel Research on format ( and make sure to include a title page (showing names, affiliation, and contact information of all authors, as well as the title of the manuscript) and the body of your extended abstract (including abstract, key words) with NO identifier information.

Practitioner focused research: please provide a 500 word abstract with Title, Introduction, Method, Results and Conclusion and Relevance to Industry. Please provide THREE keywords.

Submissions due by SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
Submission Format:  Word Document
Notification of Acceptance: 15th October, 2017

Submission of final manuscript: 1st November, 2017

Selected papers will be considered for publication in relevant tourism journals, such as the Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing.

Questions regarding submissions or the conference may be directed to

TTRA APac Conference Registration Fees (In Australian Dollars) – Registrations open in mid-September 2017


TTRA Members:                                   

Full Price:         $265     Students:          $140

Non Members:                          

Full Price:         $325     Students:          $170



TTRA Members:                                   

Full Price:         $325     Students:          $170

Non Members:                          

Full Price:         $415     Students:          $230


If you wish to propose organising a professional development workshop or panel, please contact us at by September 1, 2017.

Sponsorship Opportunities - Increase your exposure and networks by sponsoring the conference!  A display area will be available for all sponsors, along with other exposure. Please contact for more information.


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