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ATLAS annual conference 2020
8-11 September 2020, Prague, Czech Republic

Tourism as a driver of regional development and collaboration





Tourism as a driver of regional development and collaboration

Tourism is still consistently viewed as being able to alleviate and rejuvenate regions that are facing economic and social difficulties. This includes the many rural and peripheral regions that have been, and remain, in decline. Tourism and its development are said to create regional synergy effects, generating economic, social and cultural benefits for destinations. The European Union, for example, has launched several programmes (including the European Regional development Fund and the European Social Fund) with the goal of stimulating growth and employment in peripheral areas. These programmes often support tourism development projects.

However, realizing these regional development impacts through tourism is often problematic because of the uneven distribution of impacts in space, among stakeholders, and between economic, ecological and socio-cultural domains. Moreover, the establishment of policy frameworks and a culture of collaboration between tourism and non-tourism actors is often required and, practically speaking, this is often easier said than done.
The aim of this conference is to better understand the role of tourism development practices in the development of regions, including rural, peripheral and urban areas.


Conference themes

We invite papers focussing on (but not limited to) the following themes:

Governance, policy and planning

  • Institutional governance mechanisms for effective tourism-related policies
  • Tourism policies and planning for regional development
  • New public management and governance strategies
  • Resident’s perceptions and participation in regional tourism development
  • Infrastructure, transport and tourism

Networks and collaboration

  • Collaborative approaches to tourism development
  • Co-creation and innovation for tourism development
  • Tourism, ICT and regional development
  • Smart communities, innovation and tourism development
  • Entrepreneurship, networks and regional tourism development

Sustainable regional development

  • Enablers and barriers of tourism development in regions
  • Sustainable tourism as a driving force of job creation and economic growth
  • Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Tourism carbon footprints and impacts
  • Strategy development for sustainable tourism development

Culture and heritage

  • Cultural and heritage tourism in regional development
  • The role of creativity and the creative industries in regional development
  • Intangible cultural heritage as a driver for regional development
  • Developing heritage in the periphery
  • Sports, events and/or leisure as gateways to culture

Environment, regional development and tourism

  • The role of tourism in promoting nature in the periphery
  • Environmental conservation as a tool for development
  • Balancing ecological imperatives and tourism growth
  • Flora and fauna as more-than-representational or more-than-human in tourism development
  • Challenges with spaces of nature and tourism development 


Call for 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 alongside the conference programme. Please contact before February 15th 2020 if you have any plans to organize a SIG meeting, a project meeting or a special track during this conference.



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 March 15th 2020.

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 15th, 2020
Notification of acceptance : April 15th, 2020
Extended abstract submission : May 15th, 2020
Conference : September 8-11th, 2020
Full paper submission : November 15th, 2020


Conference venue

Lindnerova 575/1
180 00 Praha 8 - Libeň



Recommended accommodation:

Hotel Čechie Praha 4*

Wellness Hotel Step 4*

Hotel Duo 4*

All hotels are situated close to the metro or tram station.



Impression of Prague:

Please note: The currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (česká koruna). There are ATMs at the airport. It is not possible to pay by Euros everywhere just in the big shopping centers. Usually, you will get the change in the Czech crowns (1 Euro = cca 25 CZK but it is changing every day).

Please find instructions on how to arrive at the recommended hotels from the Airport and the Main trainstation HERE.



  • Contact
    Please contact: e-mail
  • Registration
    Submit this form to register for the conference.
  • Abstract submission form
    Submit this form to submit an abstract for the conference.


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