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ATLAS Annual Conference 2017
Viana do Castelo, Portugal
12-15 September, 2017
Destinations past, present and future

You can find the PROGRAMME (final version) here

You can find the ABSTRACT BOOK here

You can find the BOOK OF EXTENDED ABSTRACTS here




The Conference will take place between 12th and 15th September 2017 at the campus of the School of Technology and Management. The Conference will be organised by the Tourism Laboratory, headed by Carlos Fernandes.

The way in which places are being transformed by tourism was the subject of a recent ATLAS publication (Russo and Richards, 2016), which described how destinations are increasingly produced, consumed and negotiated between tourists and actors kin the places they visit. These trends link to wider debates about the production of space and place, and the rise of new localities in a globalizing world. Destinations increasingly need to deal with the rise of new tourist spaces, changes in the tourism distribution chain and growing competition from other destinations.

These changes suggest an increasingly uncertain future for destinations worldwide. Where will tourists go next? Which new intermediaries will emerge? How will tourists arrange their travel in future? What kind of experiences will be in vogue, and how will these impact on the destinations themselves?

This conference seeks to develop new perspectives not only on the challenges affecting the future of destinations worldwide, but also on strategies, practices and policies to sustain and /or develop the competitiveness of tourist destinations. The aim is to exchange and discuss ideas on critical areas of the development and management of tourist destinations in such a challenging context by tourism professionals and academics.


Keynote speakers

Maria Gravari-Barbas is the Director of the Institute for Research and High Studies on Tourism (Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes Supérieures du Tourisme, IREST) of Paris 1 – Sorbonne University. She has a degree in Architecture and Urban Design (University of Athens, 1985), and a PhD in Geography and Planning (Paris 4 – Sorbonne University, 1991). She was Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA (1990). She is the director of the EIREST, a multidisciplinary research laboratory focusing on tourism, mainly related to cultural heritage and development. She is also the director of the UNESCO Chair “Tourism, Culture, Development” of Paris 1- Sorbonne University and the coordinator of the UNITWIN network of the same name, comprising more than 25 top level universities all around the World. She is invited professor in different Universities in Europe, the States and Latin America. She is the author of several books and papers related to Tourism, Culture and Heritage.


Carlos Costa is based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where he is Full Professor, Leader of the PhD Programme and the Tourism Research Unit, and Director of the Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism. He is also Editor of the Portuguese Tourism & Development Journal. He leads a spin-off tourism consultancy company in the Aveiro University, which provides bespoke services for tourism organisations and companies. He holds a PhD and an MSc in Tourism Management (University of Surrey, UK), and a BSc in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Aveiro, Portugal).


Marianna Sigala is professor of tourism with tenure at the University of South Australia and is visiting professor at the University of Queensland under the Jim Whyte Fellow scheme. She has published in numerous international journals, books and edited books on innovation and challenges on social media and e-marketing strategies for hospitality and tourism. She is book review editor, reviewer and member of editorial board of several international scientific journals and editor of the Journal in Hospitality & Tourism Cases, the Journal of Service Theory & Practice (previously published as Managing Service Quality) and recently appointed as co-editor of the CAUTHE journal titled Journal of Tourism & Hospitality Management. She is currently member of the Executive Board of the International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) and Chair of the I-CHRIE Johnson & Wales Hospitality & Tourism Case Study Competition & Publication Series.


Donald Getz retired in July 2009 from his full-time academic position at the University of Calgary, Canada, where he remains Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor in the Haskayne School of Business. He is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, and has been a leading scholar in the fields of tourism and event studies. He is currently a Guest Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and at Stavanger University in Norway. He holds a James Whyte Visiting Fellow position at the School of Tourism, University of Queensland. As an internationally renowned scholar, Professor Getz's areas of expertise include destination and resort management and marketing, family business and entrepreneurship. He is also the author of the book 'Event Studies', a bible for tourism students across the globe.


Conference themes

Conference Abstracts for presentations will be invited on the following themes:

  • New tourism spaces and places
  • Emerging tourism niches
  • The role of new technologies in destination development
  • Branding and destination image
  • Events as destination drivers
  • Experiences in destinations – destinations as experiences
  • Governance and destination ‘regimes’
  • Destination innovation
  • Management of destinations
  • Marketing challenges for destinations
  • Planning for the future
  • Sustainability issues in destination development
  • Tourism product development
  • Trends and tourist behaviour



Special tracks

The conference organizers invite proposals for organizing special tracks during the conference and encourage ATLAS Special Interest Groups and Chapters to plan meetings and workshops within or next to the conference program. Please contact before January 15th 2017 if you have any plans to organize a SIG meeting or a project meeting during this conference



Special track 1

Event Experiences: Special, Engaging, Different?
An Expert Meeting of the ATLAS Events Special Interest Group

12-15 September 2017, Viana do Castelo, Portugal (in conjunction with the ATLAS Annual Conference)

The experience of events determines their attractiveness, their effectiveness as tourism destinations and image makers and their effect on the people who attend them and the places that stage them. Although many studies of event experiences have been undertaken at individual events, there has been less research on the extent to which the experience of events exhibits communalities or differences across event locations, types, themes and times. We often refer to ‘special’ events, but we know very little about the special nature of event experiences.

The next ATLAS Events Expert Meeting is designed to examine the ways in which the experience of events is converging or diverging between location and generations as events become a ubiquitous tool for placemaking and place marketing. Many members of the ATLAS group are participating in research related to the event experience, for example using the Event Experience Scale (EES – de Geus et al., 2015). We want to draw on this experience as well as collecting other perspectives, analyses and methodologies for examining event experiences.

We therefore welcome contributions to this Special Interest Group meeting, which will take place in conjunction with the annual ATLAS Conference in Viana do Castelo, an aspiring ‘eventful city’ and creative hub in Northern Portugal. We welcome abstract submissions related to all aspects of the event experience, for example:

  • Dimensions and aspects of the event experience
  • Virtual event experiences and the relationship between physical and virtual experience
  • Notions of festivity, ritual and the event experience
  • The relationship between event experiences and event type (sports, culture, business, etc.)
  • The effect of event content on event experience
  • The relationship between event experiences and event location (country, region, urban, rural, etc)
  • The experience of events for different visitor types
  • The co-creation of event experiences
  • The social dimension of event experiences
  • Extending the event experience over time and space
  • Curating the event experience
  • Managing and developing the event experience
  • Experience marketing for events

The ATLAS Event Group has already staged a number of previous expert meetings (Breda, 2011; Peniche, 2013; Sheffield, 2014; Lecce, 2015; Barcelona, 2016), which have also been developed into a series of publications including books and journal special issues. We anticipate that the Viana meeting will also be linked to publications output.

The meeting will be held on the day before the start of the main ATLAS Conference (September 12th) and will continue as a special track during the conference itself. This will enable us to hold focussed group meetings as well as opening the sessions to a wider audience. Meeting delegates will be expected to register for the main ATLAS conference, which will entitle them to attend all conference session as well as the Events Special Track. Details of the conference and instructions for abstract submission can be found on the ATLAS website ( The deadline for abstract submission is March 10th, 2017.

More information about the Events Experience Project and the ATLAS Events Group can be found on

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 via the ATLAS website using the abstract form provided.

For any further questions, please contact Greg Richards ( 



Special track 2

Tourist engagements with identity: Heritage and historical memory mobilised

Track convenors:
Antonio Paolo Russo, University Rovira i Virgili
Chiara Rabbiosi, University of Bologna

This special track, organised under the aegis of the SIG ‘Space, Bodies and Mobilities in Tourism’,  invites contributions which present conceptual, methodological and empirical advances in tourism research especially focusing on processes of presenting, narrating, unearthing, re-elaborating, appropriating of heritage and historical memory. It thus presents new ways of approaching history, localised knowledge, art and culture as signified and co-constructed through the engagement and negotiation of different collectives transiting in tourism sites and questions issues of authority, ideology, power, difference as well as the role of technology in defining what – and whom – heritage is and how it is represented globally.

It is thus a strongly inter-disciplinary session situated at the crossroads of emerging paradigms as mobilities, performativity, creativity and critical and radical studies of tourism.

We welcome high quality abstracts on a variety of themes, including:

  • Negotiating traditional celebrations with host cultures
  • ‘Minority’ visions of history and art at tourist sites
  • Performing, banalising, enriching history
  • New technologies of co-construction and 3.0 guidebooks
  • The shifting constituency of heritage stakeholders in tourist sites
  • Port cities and their legacy
  • Co-bBranding heritage through performance
  • Historical rural landscapes and their ‘smarting up’ for tourism
  • Battlefields, resistance sites and landscapes of war and conflict
  • The role of guides and community-based management of cultural commons

The organiser of this session will actively seek for publication opportunities with high-impact journals or book publishers. He also looks for at least one colleague who is willing to participate as co-organiser and share revision / communication / publication tasks.

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 via the ATLAS website using the abstract form provided.

For any further questions, please contact Paolo Russo ( 



Special track 3

Dark Tourism, definitions, propositions, experiences, ethics and possible links with other types of tourism

Track convenor:
Karel Werdler, INHOLLAND University Amsterdam, Netherlands

An expert meeting of the ATLAS Dark Tourism Special Interest Group
12/15 September 2017, Viana do Castelo, Portugal (in conjunction with the ATLAS Annual Conference)

During the last 2016 ATLAS Annual Conference in Canterbury “Tourism, Lifestyles and Locations” (14‐16 September) the special track on Dark Tourism, Memory and Pilgrimage attracted quite some attention and presentations and this led to the suggestion by the ATLAS board to consider the possible creation of a Dark Tourism SIG. After participating in this special track one might suggest  that the interest in dark tourism is very much alive and that it attracts the attention from academics from a wide variety of disciplines indicating that there are obvious opportunities for research in cooperation with other disciplines such as sociology, social geography, cultural studies and cultural anthropology. The start of an inter-academic network such as the Special Interest Group within ATLAS might provide a new platform for both new and establish academics and could contribute to  further international cooperation in these fields and the exchange of knowledge.

During the expert meeting the SIG will be officially launched and interested attendees are requested to consider active participation in his SIG. This SIG will also cooperate with the Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR) based at the University of Central Lancashire and directed by professor Philip Stone, aiming to advance knowledge about the act of visitation to tourist sites of death, disaster or the seemingly macabre.  It will brings together researchers who seek to deliver internationally recognized research that contributes to the ethical and social scientific understanding of dark tourism and heritage, as well as to the appropriate development, management, interpretation and promotion of dark tourism sites, attractions and exhibitions. During the launching session of this first SIG-meeting the following aims and objectives can be discussed and a first draft of the annual work plan could be made.

  1. This SIG group will focus on the field of Dark Tourism and related themes that could include such developments as slum tourism, red tourism, funerary tourism, battlefield tourism and remembrance tourism and many others that have become recognizable features in our post-modern travelling society as well as the focus of academic pursuit and discussion.
  2. This SIG group will provide a platform for both new and established academics to discuss research findings on a regular base by opening a social network application dedicated to the subject (e.g. Linkedin-group).
  3. This SIG group will strive for the possible publication of papers of its members and supporters through the Atlas network.
  4. This SIG group will organize an international conference on dark tourism and related themes at least every 2 years. The first one will be posted for November/December 2017 and will be hosted by Inholland in Amsterdam. Further details will be communicated through the existing Atlas networks and Trinet.
  5. This SIG group will be supportive of PhD candidates and other students (BA and MA) to position their research and receive feedback.
  6. This SIG group will establish a interactive connection with other academic organizations that have demonstrated their interest in the topic and will set up collaboration with the existing IDTR.
  7. For the moment the location of this SIG group would be located at Inholland University in Amsterdam where management, colleagues and students have expressed their interest in and support of this new development.

For the special track we welcome high quality abstracts on a variety of themes, including:

  • Dark tourism and ethics
  • Slum tourism
  • Funerary tourism
  • Dark destinations and visitor management
  • Dark visitor motives
  • Gothic tourism
  • Red tourism
  • Battlefield tourism
  • Contested heritage
  • Dark leisure
  • Death, society and tourism
  • Ethnothanatourism

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 via the ATLAS website using the abstract form provided BEFORE JULY 31, 2017.

For any further questions, please contact Karel Werdler at or the ATLAS Secretariat



PhD event

Doctoral tourism research - Processes, relations and engagements
PhD seminar, Tuesday 12 September 2017

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the PhD seminar has been extended to August 15th 2017

Aalborg University, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, University of Aveiro and ATLAS are working in partnership to bring together PhD students of tourism or related disciplines in a one-day seminar as part of the Annual ATLAS Conference in September. The seminar will provide a chance to network with tourism academics and fellow PhD Researchers.


09:00    Welcome
09:15    Keynote speech (Marianna Sigala, University of South Australia)
10:00    Research Hacks (Inês Carvalho and Ivana Stévic)
11:00    Coffee break
11:30    Cracking the Methodology Code (Carina Ren and Fiona Bakas)
12:30    Lunch
14:00    Collaborative micro-fieldtrip
Walking, working and thinking research together.
16:00    Exchanging field experiences
17:00    Break
20:00    Closing address
Ways forward in collaborative research. Carina Ren, Aalborg University
20:30    Dinner and socialising

Who should apply
Participants should be enrolled as PhD students within fields related to tourism, mobility, recreation, leisure, hospitality or similar. Students at all stages of their PhD are welcome.

PhD Workshop Aim

  • To collectively bring forward and address the often difficult or negotiated processes, relations and engagements built into research.
  • To share stories of expectation, requirements, uncertainty and doubt.
  • To collectively explore empowering research strategies.
  • By sharing the challenges as well as viable ways forward, we hope to foster a space for building strong scholarship – together.

How to apply
There are two ways in which to apply to the ATLAS PhD Workshop:
1)    Simply register using this form by 15th August 2017. Payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card using the instructions on the form.
2)    To gain one ECTS credit: Register and pay using this form AND send a research reflection paper (2500-4000 words) to Initially, the research reflection paper should describe your project - theme, field, current stage (1000 words). Secondly, the research reflection paper must reflect on the central and most challenging issues related to moving forward in your research. In the third part of the paper, the research reflection paper should focus on how you are currently addressing such challenges or worries. What strategies have you crafted and deployed to deal with expectations, pressures and uncertainties? For ideas of what a research reflection paper should look like, please have a look at this example of a research reflection paper and this one submitted by two ATLAS PhD Workshop participants. All submissions should be in English and submitted in Word format.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)– In order to qualify for an ECTS credit, you need to do some work before coming to the ATLAS PhD Workshop. You must submit a research reflection paper (described above).

Please send you research reflection paper to
Deadline for research reflection papers: 15th August 2017.

ATLAS members EURO 50
NON members EURO 100
The fee includes seminar materials, coffee break, lunch and evening activity
Please register making use of the conference registration form here.

Carina Ren, Aalborg University, Denmark
Fiona Bakas, Ivana Stevic and Ines Carvalho, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Inês Carvalho, Universidade Europeia Lisbon

School of Technology and Management, Viana do Castelo Polytechnic, Viana do Castelo, Portugal



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 before May 1st 2017.

Abstracts should indicate background, theoretical/practical implications, methods and/or data sources and indicative findings of the paper. Abstracts should have between 350-500 words. The title should be no more than 12 words. Authors should also indicate which conference topic their proposed paper relates to.


Important dates

Abstract submission :

March 10th, 2017
April 10th, 2017
May 1st, 2017

Notification of acceptance : April 10th, 2017
May 10th, 2017
June 12th, 2017
Extended abstract submission : June 12th, 2017
PhD seminar : September 12th, 2017
Expert Meeting of the ATLAS Events Special Interest Group : September 12th, 2017
Conference : September 13th, 2017
Full paper submission : November 12th, 2017



Publication details

All abstracts (max 500 words) and extended abstract/working papers (max 2000 words) will be published in the abstract book. This abstract book (with ISBN) will be sent to all registered participants before the conference, in PDF format.

Submission date for the extended abstracts / working papers (max 2000 words) is May 10th 2017 and should be submitted to ATLAS in MS WORD by e-mail attachment to

Delegates are welcome to submit their full papers AFTER the conference. We are very happy we have been able to develop multiple ways to publish the papers:

Papers will be considered to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management published by Elsevier, the Journal in Hospitality and Tourism Cases published by ICHRIE, the PASOS Journal of Tourism and Cultural Heritage and the Journal of Tourism and Development (Revista de Turismo e Desenvolvimento in the Portuguese language). Depending on the quality and themes of the papers the Scientific Committee will decide on which papers will be considered for this special issue.

Papers that are not considered for the three journals above will be considered for publication in the ATLAS Review - The ATLAS Review gives ATLAS members and participants of the ATLAS conference and meeting participants a platform to publish the papers they have presented. The editing will be carried out by an editorial board / field editors.



Scientific committee

  • Vitor Ambrosio - Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo do Estoril, Portugal
  • Joaquim Antunes - Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal
  • Zélia Breda - Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
  • Adilia Cabral - Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra, Portugal
  • Maria João Carneiro - Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
  • Alexandra Correia - Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Francisco Dias - Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal
  • René van der Duim - Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Carlos Fernandes - Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Paula Odete Fernandes - Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal
  • Ana Maria Ferreira - Universidade de Évora, Portugal
  • Luís Ferreira - Instituto Superior Ciências Empresariais e Turismo, Portugal
  • Ana Paula Figueira - Instituto Politécnico de Beja, Portugal
  • Claudia Fragelli - CEFET/RJ – Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca, Brazil
  • Isabel Freitas - Universidade Portucalense, Portugal
  • Roberta Garibaldi - Università di Bergamo, Italy
  • Maureen Griffiths - University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Florence Ian - Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), China
  • Elisabeth Kastenholz - Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
  • Veronika Lapa - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Olga Matos - Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • Frances McGettigan - Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Daniel Olsen - Brigham Young University, USA
  • Xerardo Pereiro - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Paula Remoaldo - Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Carina Ren - Aalborg University - Denmark
  • Greg Richards - NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Manuel Salgado - Instituto Politécnico da Guarda, Portugal
  • Carla Santos - University of Illinois at Champaign, USA
  • José António Santos - Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
  • Goretti Silva - Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
  • John Swarbrooke - Plymouth University, UK
  • Laurentina Vareiro - Instituto Politécnico de Cávado e Ave, Portugal
  • Roger Vaughan - Bournemouth University, UK
  • Juliana Vieira - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  • Seda Yetimoglu - Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey



Provisional programme

You can find the provional program - including the workshops - HERE


Optional study visits

Back in 1997, Viana do Castelo organised the ATLAS International Conference (Leisure, Tourism and Regional Development) and venues included communities in the Peneda Gerês National Park (Portugal´s only National Park) and pre-Park areas. Twenty years later, we will revisit these communities for a close look at the changes that have taken place.

Suggested website about destination:

The option tour costs EURO 40 which will cover transportation, lunch and a late afternoon snack+wine.

A surprise will await delegates at the house of one of the conference organisers (Carlos Fernandes).


Conference packages


Packages: ATLAS members Non-Members
  • Conference Materials
  • Welcome reception Tuesday
  • Coffee breaks
  • 3 lunches
  • Dinner Wednesday
  • Conference dinner Thursday
  • Viana tour Friday
€ 270
€ 360
Doctoral students
  • Conference Materials
  • Welcome reception Tuesday
  • Coffee breaks
  • 3 lunches
  • Viana tour Friday
€ 90
€ 160

PhD seminar Tuesday

  • Seminar materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch
€ 50
€ 100
Dinner Wednesday
€ 25
€ 25
Conference dinner Thursday € 40
€ 40
Optional tour Saturday € 40
€ 40
  • Welcome reception Tuesday
  • Dinner Wednesday
  • Conference dinner Thursday
  • Viana tour Friday
€ 75
€ 75


Cancellation policy

If written cancellation is received before September 1st 2017, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50. No refund will be possible after September 1st 2017, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Conference venues

The Conference will take place at the campus of the Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão (School of Technology and Management) at seaside.

Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo
Avenida do Atlântico
Viana do Castelo 4900

A little taste of Viana do Castelo:



Conference organisers

The Conference will be organised by the Polytechnic Institute in Viana do Castelo

Conference team:

  • Carlos Fernandes
  • Alexandra Correia
  • Goretti Silva
  • Flora Matos
  • Ana Paula Vale
  • Olga Matos










This event is supported by: European Structural and Investment Funds in the FEDER component, through the Operational Competitiveness and Internationalization Programme (COMPETE 2020) [Project No. 006971 (UID/SOC/04011)]; and national funds, through the FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under the project UID/SOC/04011/2013.


This initiative has the financial support of the Project Lab2PT - Landscapes, Heritage and Territory laboratory - AUR/04509 and FCT through national funds and when applicable of the FEDER co-financing, in the aim of the new partnership agreement PT2020 and COMPETE2020 - POCI 01 0145 FEDER 007528.




Viana do Castelo offers a diversified range of accommodation (from B&B to four star establishments and manor houses) with a range of prices. The following units agreed to a reduced rate per room for conference delegates. All accommodation units are within walking distance of the conference venue. Prices are per room and per night. When booking the room, please mention that you are an ATLAS Conference delegate.

The following four star establishments have offered a discount for conference delegates:

Fábrica do Chocolate Hotel
Single: € 74
Double: € 84
Includes breakfast, visit to the interactive chocolate museum and all taxes.

Axis Viana Business Spa Hotel
Single: € 75
Double: € 85
Includes breakfast and all taxes.

Hotel Flor de Sal
Single: € 75
Double: € 85.
Includes breakfast and all taxes.

The following three star establishments have offered a discount for conference delegates:

Hotel Rali Viana

Single: € 55
Double: € 60
Includes breakfast and all taxes.

Albergaria Margarida da Praça

Single: € 50
Double: € 65
Includes breakfast and all taxes.

Student residence halls are an option

Student residence 1 - Student Centre-located in the city centre - 6 rooms
Student residence 2 - Next to School of Education and Axis Viana-Business & Spa Hotel - 10 rooms

Single rooms at € 20 per night; twin rooms at € 26; and triple rooms at € 50. Option of breakfast at an extra € 6 per person. Contact details for reservations will be provided soon. 

Please contact Carlos Fernanes ( for more information and reservations.

Manor houses

Three Manor houses within walking distance of the conference venue are another option. They were not contacted by the Conference Organization and no discount rate is provided.   

Casa do Ameal -
Casa dos Costa Barros -
Casa Manuel Espregueira e Oliveira -




The closest airport is PORTO, served by regular airlines to many major world cities and low cost airlines with many destinations in Europe.

Porto airport is serviced by several major European airlines, for example Lufthansa, TAP-Air Portugal, Iberia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, and Swiss International Air Lines as well as low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Aigle Azur, Air Berlin,, Wizz.

Shuttle Service Airport – Viana - Airport

OPTION 1 - Ovnitur
Cost: 8 Euros (2016 price)

Important: In order to guarantee your seat, the shuttle service must be booked in advance (two days at least) and request confirmation by phone or e-mail.
Tel: +351 258 942 920 or +351 258 820 323 or +351 966 786 273 or +351 966 786 242 (09:00 – 18:00)

Porto Airport – Viana do Castelo


Monday to Friday
(except bank holidays)

Saturday/Sunday Sunday
Porto Airport
(when exiting Arrivals turn right to bus top)
8:40 18:17 19:25 8:40 22:52
Viana do Castelo
(City centre bus station – stand 3)
  19:07     23:42
Viana do Castelo
(Close to Axis Hotel)
9:38 19:15 20:23 9:38  

Viana do Castelo - Porto Airport


Monday to Friday
(except bank holidays)

Saturday/Sunday Sunday
Viana do Castelo
(Close to Axis Hotel)
6:22* 6:57   6:22*  
Viana do Castelo
(City centre bus station – stand 3)
  7:05 15:35   23:15
Porto Airport
(Departure doors)
7:20 7:55 16:25 7:20 00:05

*Shuttle service with previous booking only; please ask for information at the conference welcome desk


OPTION 2 - Barquense
Cost: 8 Euros (2016 price – purchased from the driver)

Important: In order to guarantee your seat, the shuttle service must be booked in advance (two days at least) and request confirmation.
Tel: +351 258 454 303 (9:00-18:00)

 Porto Airport – Viana do Castelo

  Monday to Friday
(except bank holidays)
/Bank Holidays
Porto Airport
(when exiting Arrivals turn right to bus top)
8:50 10:50 14:00 16:50 9:40 15:30
Viana do Castelo
(City centre bus station – stand 3)
9:35 11:50 14:40 17:50 10:25 16:15

Viana do Castelo - Porto Airport

  Monday to Friday
(except bank holidays)
/Bank Holidays
Viana do Castelo
(City centre bus station – stand 3)
4:10 9:10 11:50 14:15 4:10 14:25
Porto Airport
(Departure doors)
4:50 10:00 12:30 15:05 4:50 15:05


OPTION 3 - Metro + train

It is easy to get to or from the airport by metro to the centre of Porto. Use Line E (color violet). Takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the time and day of the week.
If you opt to visit the historical area of Porto (world heritage site) and the port wine cellars on the other side of the Douro River, take the metro to the Trindad stop. It is just a few minutes’ walk to the River. Then take the train to Viana do Castelo from the S. Bento train station. See timetable at
Or, if you rather not visit Porto and go straight to Viana do Castelo, take the Metro do Campanhã station and then the train. Same site for the timetable.

OPTION 4 - Local bus + express bus

Take the direct bus to the centre of Porto ( , central bus station (Terminal Rodoviário Campo 24 de Agosto). Runs from 9h00 to 18h00. Then the express bus to Viana do Castelo , with departures different departure times, depending on the day of the week.




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