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Business Tourism: Industry and Education Working Together

Dublin, Ireland, 24 - 26 November 2013

10th ATLAS Business Tourism Special Interest Group meeting

The updated program



This is the 10th Anniversary of the ATLAS SIG Business Tourism Conference and we are delighted to be hosting it here in Dublin for the second time in those ten years.


Who should attend

  • Anyone teaching Business Travel/Tourism (Conferences, Exhibitions, Incentive Travel, etc.) in Universities or other third level institutions.
  • Anyone involved in research in business tourism either at a university, third level institution or in industry.
  • Anyone studying business tourism in Universities or other third level institutions.
  • Anyone working in the Business Tourism industry who wishes to learn more about the current trends and issues being discussed and debated around the teaching of Business Tourism
  • AND also anyone working in Business Tourism industry who wishes to contribute and participate in the pedagogical development of the sector in conjunction with the educators and researches specialising in Business Tourism.



Conference themes

Business Tourism: Industry & Education Working Together

As academics we strive to provide our students with the best possible preparation for their future careers and to achieve this we work closely with our industry partners, on many levels. This collaboration is becoming more important due to the fast-paced environments in which we live and work.

“Research is creating new knowledge”
Neil Armstrong

The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity to explore the relationship of academia with the business tourism sector and how we might build on it to the benefit of both parties also for our students. It is about demonstrating, to the business tourism industry, the importance of academic research can make to assist them in achieving their strategic business objectives. It is also an opportunity for the business tourism industry to share with academics their research and innovations.

The conference will provide a forum for current research in business tourism to be presented as well as a forum to explore and discuss strategies for future partnerships.

Papers are invited related to the theme of the conference which is:

Business Tourism: Industry & Education Working Together

and can be based on any aspect of business tourism and travel such as Meetings, Exhibitions, Corporate Travel, Incentive Travel including etc. The theme of the conference allows for a broad range of topics to be presented (if only to demonstrate to industry the extent of the research being conducted by academics teaching in the area of business tourism and travel). However the paper’s primary research focus must be centred on business tourism and travel for example:

  • Innovation in business tourism and travel education.
  • Current issues relating to student internships and placements in tourism or related programmes.
  • Collaborative initiatives between educators and business tourism providers.
  • Business tourism and travel current issues and trends.
  • Knowledge transfer between academic institutions and business tourism organisations.
  • Technology innovation in business tourism.
  • Current research in business tourism and travel.



Abstract submission

Abstracts to be submitted by October 7th 2013 and should be no less than 250 words.

Please submit your abstract using this form.

For any enquiries please contact Lucy Horan at


Important dates

Abstract submission : October 7th, 2013
Notification of acceptance : October 15th, 2013
Conference : November 24th, 2013
Full paper submission : January 24th, 2014


Provisional programme

Sunday 24th Nov 2013

Monday 25th Nov 2013

Tuesday 26th Nov 2013

Please find the updated program HERE.


Conference packages

Packages: ATLAS members Non-Members


  • Conference registration & materials
  • Tea & coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Welcome dinner Sunday evening
  • Dinner & entertainment on Monday evening
  • Drinks reception on Tuesday evening
€ 275
€ 295

Doctoral students

  • Conference registration & materials
  • Tea & coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Drinks reception on Tuesday evening
€ 50
€ 60

Fee does not include accommodation.

For students the welcome dinner on Sunday and dinner & entertainment on Monday evening can / must be purchased separately.



Cancellation policy

As soon as ATLAS has confirmed your registration, you are obliged to pay the conference fee.If written cancellation is received the 8th of November 2013 a full refund will be given minus an administration fee of €50.

No refund will be possible after Monday November 11th, 2013, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Conference venue

The School of Hospitality Management & Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology.

The School of Hospitality Management and Tourism is one of three schools comprising the College of Arts and Tourism in the Dublin Institute of Technology. The School of Hospitality Management and Tourism is the leading centre of learning and teaching in hospitality, tourism, event and leisure management in Ireland. Its city-centre location ensures easy access to a vast array of services and facilities popular with students and visitors.

The School offers programmes ranging from Short Courses (Professional Development Modules), to evening/part-time programmes, full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and Masters and PhD by research programmes. In September this year a new MSc Event Management is commencing which will be the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland.

The School actively participates with the wider tourism and hospitality industry in many ways such as student internships, guest lectures, advisory panels, and through applied and academic research conducted by staff and students. We are proud of our links with industry and our wider graduate network, which provides great benefits to our students in the classroom and beyond.



Conference destination

Dublin (from the Irish Gaelic An Dubh Linn meaning ‘the black pool’) is widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s loveliest and liveliest capital cities. Established as a Viking settlement on the River Liffey over 1,000 years ago, it gradually became an important commercial and cultural centre, a status confirmed by the Anglo-Norman invasions, which began with the arrival of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, nicknamed Strongbow, in 1169, and lasted until Ireland achieved independence in 1922. This rich and unpredictable history has left an indelible mark on this colourful and atmospheric city.

Today, Dublin is a bustling metropolis with a population of over 1.7 million. Home to over 100 different nationalities, it has a genuinely cosmopolitan feel and yet retains its own distinct culture, which is expressed in a love of literature, drama and traditional music.

The city has a world-famous literary pedigree, having produced many prominent literary figures. Indeed, as birthplace of William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett, Dublin has produced three winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature – more than any other city in the world. Other notable writers and playwrights from Dublin include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. It is arguably most famous, however, as the town of James Joyce. Dubliners is a collection of short stories by Joyce about incidents and characters typical of residents of the city in the early part of the 20th century. His most celebrated work, Ulysses, is also set in Dublin. Additional widely celebrated writers from the city include JM Synge, Seán O’Casey, Brendan Behan, Maeve Binchy, and Roddy Doyle. Ireland’s biggest libraries and literary museums are found in Dublin, including the National Print Museum of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland.

Other cultural jewels located in the capital include the world-famous Abbey Theatre, The Book of Kells – the monastic masterpiece to be found at Trinity College – and the elegant squares of Georgian Dublin. Add to these its famous, pubs, top-class restaurants and fantastic shopping all concentrated within a latticework of historic streets, and it’s no wonder Dublin is one of Europe’s top five city-break destinations and an up-and-coming location for major international conferences.

Dublin is also the European headquarters for many major ICT, financial, manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies which makes it a very active business travel hub. Some of those major organisations are Google, Face book, Mercke Sharpe & Dohme, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, FI-Tech, HVB Bank, Populis, DEPVA Bank, DTS, Kelloggs and Aviva. Other companies with a strong presence in Dublin and its environs include Pfizer, Astrazenica, United Drug, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Citi, Glaxosmithkline to name but a few.



Dublin is host to over 300+ hotels with many international hotel chains represented in the city, in conjunction with local independent properties. For our conference we have chosen to recommend the Academy Plaza Hotel as the hotel of choice as it is in very close proximity to the conference venue in DIT Cathal Brugha Street. We have also secured a very attractive rate of:

Single Room: €69.00 per room per night Bed & Breakfast
Double or Twin Room: €79.00 per room per night Bed & Breakfast

Reservations may be directly to the hotel using a promotional code, which will be issued upon registration. Please use this link.

Check out the hotel at



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  • Abstract submission form
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