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ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference 2018
Macau, China
27-29 March, 2018
Nexus of Migration and Tourism: Creating Social Sustainability



The Asia Pacific region has seen the fastest growing tourism development in the world. Despite rapid tourism economic development, and research into labour and employment such as economics and employment issues, research hasn’t caught up to the rapidly changing issues, such as tourism linked migration and social and cultural aspects of sustainability. Thus, we invite you to discuss, reflect and develop upon issues pertaining to sustainability and the nexus of migration and tourism. We are particularly interested in the complexities of trends, issues, challenges and opportunities around migration linked tourism, which remains a relatively minor part in academic research. While large numbers of migrant workers move to ‘new’ tourist destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Dubai for employment, issues pertaining to social sustainability (e.g., well-being, quality of life, integration, the distribution of power and resources, employment, education, the provision of basic infrastructure and services, freedom, justice, access to influential decision-making fora and general ‘capacity-building’) have yet to be fully developed within tourism research.

We are extremely excited to hold this conference in Macau, which is marked as a global tourist city. A one hour ferry away from Hong Kong, it has seen rapid tourism economic development through gaming tourism. With 50% of its labour force, migrants, Macau’s fascinating mixed Chinese, Portuguese and international culture makes it the perfect location to present papers related to tourism mobilities, migration, social sustainability and future directions. We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, cultural/human geography, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, economics, border studies, leisure studies, tourism studies and hospitality/event management.



Conference themes

We invite you to submit papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • (Re)definitions of social sustainability
  • Equitable access and the sustainability of the community
  • Migrant quality of life/ community well-being in tourist destinations
  • Migrant tourism workers' integration & inclusion
  • Migration and tourist community formation
  • Conflicts between/intersection of tourists, local residents and migrant workers
  • Tourism (im)mobilities, ethics, morals and (in)justice
  • Human security, transnationalization and citizenship
  • Social networks, borders and the allure of tourist destinations
  • Gender and mobility in tourism / Intersectionality, gender and race
  • Roles of religion in tourism migration and mobilities
  • Religious and spiritual mobilities and tourism
  • Academic mobilities / Mobilities in education
  • Social sustainability in ASEAN tourism development
  • Effect of Brexit and Trump on tourism and migration



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 December 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
: December 1st, 2017  
Notification of acceptance : December 15th, 2017
Extended abstract submission : January 8th, 2018
Conference : March 27-29th, 2018
Full paper submission : May 27th, 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 January 8th 2018 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 looking into possibilities for publishing the quality full papers in special issue of journals.

Sponsoring journals:


Papers are 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

  • Leonardo Anthony Najarro Dioko - Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao
  • Kevin Hannam - Middlesex University Dubai
  • Michael Hitchcock - Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Johan Lindquist - Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Peter Lugosi - Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Sabine Marschall - University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Marina Novelli - University of Brighton, UK
  • Michael O’ Regan - Bournemouth University, UK
  • Chin Ee Ong - National University of Singapore
  • Cody Paris - Middlesex University Dubai
  • Ploysri Porananond - Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Matthew Yap - University of Macau
  • Jaeyeon Choe - Bournemouth University, UK
  • Ubaldino Couto - Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao
  • René van der Duim - Wageningen University, the Netherlands



Conference venues

Institute for Tourism Studies Macao, Taipa Campus

How to get there:
If you are flying from outside Asia: travel to Hong Kong Airport and take a ferry to Taipa, Macao.
If you are traveling within Asia: you can travel to Macao International Airport.
The venue is only 20 mins away from both Macao Airport and Taipa Ferry Terminal by taxi.

More information at:



Conference organisers

The conference/meeting is organised by ATLAS Asia-Pacific, and co-organised by the Institute for Tourism Studies and Bournemouth University.

Conference team:

  • Jaeyeon Choe - Centre for Events, Leisure, Society & Culture, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Ubaldino Couto - Event Management, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao







A few suggestions:
5 minute-walk: Regency Hotel (
10 minute-walk: Altira Hotel (
10 minutes by bus: Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central (



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