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ATLAS annual conference 2013
Environments of Exchange: Leisure and Tourism

November 6 - 8, 2013, Malta


The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended towards September 1st, 2013




Information on the ATLAS doctoral colloquium



The 2013 ATLAS annual conference will be visiting Malta. ATLAS and ITIS (Malta Tourism Institute) are courteously inviting you for this year’s event. The conference will take place at the Hotel Golden Tulip Vivaldi which is located in the lovely St. Julians Bay, not far from Valetta, from 6-8 November, when the temperature in Malta is still very, very comfortable. The theme of the conference will be Environments of Exchange: Leisure and Tourism.


Keynote speakers


  • Prof Paul Sant Cassia - University of Malta - Malta
  • Dr. Marie Avellino - University of Malta and ITIS Malta Tourism Institute  - Malta
  • Caldon Mercieca - Valletta 18 Foundation - Malta


  • Prof. Greg Richards - University of Tilburg - Netherlands
  • Dr. Rory MacLellan - Edinburgh Napier University - United Kingdom
  • Dr. Kevin Griffin - Dublin Institute of Technology - Ireland



Conference themes

Environments of Exchange: Leisure and Tourism
The 2013 ATLAS Conference in Malta will explore leisure and tourism as an environment of exchange.  Leisure and tourism have become major arenas in which exchange of ideas and different forms of value (economic, social, and cultural) can take place.  The conference will discuss issues of exchange in and through tourism and leisure in all it forms and settings.


This conference theme is inspired by the fact that in 2018 Valletta (Malta) will be European Capital of Culture, a project labelled as V.18.  Malta is now mapping out the way forward towards implementation of their plans for attaining excellence and inclusion through a creative, innovative and dynamic programme. The 2013 ATLAS conference is informed by the objectives and the 4 central themes of V.18 (Generations, Islands, Routes and Cities) and will be an important step in this process as it tries to imagine and discuss the role of leisure and tourism in the creation of conditions for different types of exchange.

Conference participants particularly are invited to submit papers focussing on the following themes:

Leisure, tourism and cities
What city do we live in and why and what is the role of leisure and tourism? We need to think how scientists, designers, artists, urban planners and architects, leisure organizations, tourism operators, recreationists and tourists collaborate and contribute to the rethinking of our shared space.  How can we create environments which are designed to be multi-layered spaces for social encounter?

Tourism and the sea
The Mediterranean and other coastal destinations are the subject of many narratives told by those born in these places or those transiting through them. How can we see and use the sea and coasts as a communications tool and not solely a resource to exploit?

Leisure, tourism and culture in transition
Many cities and destinations are places of diverse cross-cultural exchanges whether for trade, tourism or even refuge. Not all of these encounters are necessarily comfortable ones. What are the central issues of conflict, resolution and diversity?

Imagining successful events
Events are important vehicles for exchange.  How can we develop, market and deliver successful events, how can we create environments for successful events and what are the criteria of success beyond economic benefits?

Living well, doing well
How can we create - through leisure and tourism - links among the various components of well-being? How can rural and urban environments across our territory lead to a better understanding of the interdependencies of our communities and wider, globalised, economic and cultural realities? And how can we provide new insights into the values and the material consequences of sustainability?

Leisure, tourism and cyberspace
Innovation and technology are the engines of growth and can bring about sustainable economic development and an improved quality of life.  But is the digital revolution producing a new cultural cleavage between leisure and tourism, arts and sciences? What kinds of convergence can be, or should be developed?

Leisure and tourism education for the Future
What are the constituents of leisure and tourism education in the future and how to make more time and space for creative thinking, design, innovation and technology, culture and more?

The scientific committee will also consider other themes and research topics, as well as suggestions for thematic workshops. ATLAS special interest groups are also invited to contribute to the discussion by submitting papers to the themes above or organizing special sessions. Please contact for more information.

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Special tracks


Special tracks

Two special tracks are organised on:

  • Monitoring and Evaluating Cultural Events
  • Tourism and landscape: A joint ATLAS-ECLAS session

You can submit abstracts on the special tracks to the track convenors (mentioned in the texts below) or by using the abstract submission form, then please mention in the text for which special track you would like to submit.

Special Track 1
Monitoring and Evaluating Cultural Events

The ATLAS Events Group and the ATLAS Cultural Tourism Group are organising a workshop stream at the forthcoming ATLAS Annual Conference in Malta in November 2013 on the theme of Monitoring and Evaluating Cultural Events. This workshop is being organised in conjunction with the European Cultural Capital organisation for Valleta 2018 and Eindhoven/Brabant 2018 (Candidate City). As evaluation and monitoring have become major issues not just for the European Cultural Capital events, but also for cultural events in general, we are interested in comparing approaches and methods used in different contexts and for different types of events. The results of the workshop will be used to inform the evaluation exercises in both cities as well as feeding into an international publication on this subject.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words of proposed papers are invited on a range of subjects related to this theme, including:

  • Economic impact assessment
  • Cultural impact assessment
  • Social impacts
  • Image impacts
  • Holistic approaches to event impacts
  • Case studies of cultural event evaluation and monitoring
  • Co-creative research methods for events
  • Action research in cultural events
  • Longitudinal studies of event effects

Please submit abstracts to Greg Richards, workshop convener, by September 1st 2013 (

More details of the ATLAS Events Group can be found on:

Special Track 2
Tourism and landscape: A joint ATLAS-ECLAS session

ATLAS and ECLAS (European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools: are organising a workshop stream at the forthcoming ATLAS Annual Conference in Malta in November 2013 on the theme “Tourism and landscape”.
This workshop offers a great opportunity for leisure and tourism experts to exchange knowledge, ideas and approaches with landscape architects and planners; to explore what landscape architecture can contribute to leisure and tourism developments and what leisure and tourism experts can contribute to sustainable landscape development.
A joint approach can produce an integrated research field that focuses on the following aspects:

  • The way tourism developments draw on environmental and landscape qualities and local or regional identities;
  • Impacts of tourism on environment, landscape and local or regional identities;
  • Spatial strategies and concepts as part of sustainable tourist destination management, based on respectful and sensible treatment of landscape, environment and identity.

The aim of the workshop is to build an interdisciplinary network on leisure, tourism and landscape; a network that can result in joint research and educational initiatives.

Please express your interest in this workshop and/or submit abstracts to Marlies Brinkhuijsen, workshop convener, by September 1st 2013 ( This is also the submission date for abstracts to the rest of the ATLAS conference.



Doctoral colloquium


Doctoral colloquium

The University of Malta, Aalborg, Iceland and Wageningen and ITIS (Malta Tourism Institute), in collaboration with ATLAS, are pleased to announce the doctoral colloquium for doctoral students in tourism, leisure and hospitality. This colloquium will take place during the conference at Thursday 7th of November.

Please read more here.


Abstract submission

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on: theoretical and empirical significance; methodological soundness; relevance to the theme of the conference and logical clarity. The official language of the conference is English.

Abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS by using this form.

Abstracts (maximum of 500 words) should indicate background, theoretical/practical implications, methods and/or data sources and indicative findings of the paper. The title should be no more than 12 words. Authors should also indicate which of the themes of the conference their proposed paper relates to (no more than 2).

Abstracts should be submitted before September 1st, 2013.

The conference organisers have the intention to publish proceedings BEFORE the conference. We would like to receive all the "papers in progress" / "working papers" / "extended abstract", and make a conference proceedings which will be distributed to all participants at the conference. The working papers should have no more then 2000 words.

Extended abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS in MS WORD by e-mail attachement to

Extended abstracts should be submitted before September 27th, 2013.


Important dates

Abstract submission : September 1st, 2013
Notification of acceptance : August  12th, 2013 and September 15th
Extended abstract submission : September 27th, 2013
Conference :

November 6-8th, 2013

Full paper submission : January 10th, 2014


Publication details

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Scientific committee

  • Vincent Zammit - ITS Institution of Tourism Studies - Malta
  • Mark Ransley - ITIS Malta Tourism Institute - Malta
  • Nadia Theuma - University of Malta - Malta
  • Rachel Radmili - ITIS Malta Tourism Institute - Malta
  • Graziella Vella - Valletta 2018 Foundation - Malta
  • René van de Duim - Wageningen University - Netherlands
  • Melanie Smith - Budapest Business School – Hungaria
  • Raoul Bianchi - University of East London – United Kingdom
  • Jim Butcher - Canterbury Christ Church University – United Kingdom



Associated meetings

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Provisional programme

The provisional programme (V 31 oct) can now be downloaded HERE.


Optional study visits

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Conference packages

Packages: ATLAS members Non-Members
Participants € 350
€ 400
Doctoral students
€ 150

€ 200

Fee is including:

  • Conference materials
  • Welcome reception
  • Coffee breaks
  • 3 Lunches
  • Conference dinner and folklore show


Cancellation policy

As soon as ATLAS has confirmed your registration, you are obliged to pay the conference fee. If written cancellation is received on or before Monday October 21st, 2013, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50.

No refund will be possible after Monday October 21st, 2013, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Conference venue

The conference will be held at the Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel, which is located in Saint.Julians.


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Recommended hotels

Corinthia Marina Hotel *****
Single € 82,75
Twin/Double € 104,00

Corinthia Hotel St. George  *****
Single € 99.00
Twin/Double € 124.00

InterContinental Hotel *****
Single € 99.00
Twin/Double € 113.00

Westin Dragonara Resort *****
Single € 119.50
Twin/Double €149.75

Cavalieri Hotel ****
Single € 57.00
Twin/Double € 78.00

Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel ****
Single € 67.00
Twin/Double € 77.50

St. George's Park/La Vallette ***
Single € 14.50
Twin/Double € 25.50

Alexandra Hotel ***
Single € 36.50
Twin/Double € 45.80

  • Rates quoted are per room per day on Bed & Breakfast, tax included.
  • Airport transfers are provided free of charge.
  • All hotels are located in St. Julian's close to the conference that is held at Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel.
  • Rooms are availability on request bases.
  • Confirmation on receipt of payment.
  • Payments can be done via bank transfer after contacting …

But you can also book a hotel by yourself by using the internet.

Since it is easy to find a hotel in walking distance of the hotel, there will no transfers between the (recommended) hotels and the conference venue.

From the recommended hotels you can expect a free transfer between the airport and your hotel. If you did book another hotel you can also arrange a transfer, but you have to ask for the price.

Please contact Mark Ransley from the ITIS at for the reservation of one of the above mentioned recommended hotels.

You can also book a hotel by yourself by using the internet.




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