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Gastronomy and Tourism Research Group Meeting
21 - 23 February, 2018 - Bergamo, Italy
New approaches for providing customer experiences in gastronomy tourism

You can find the abstract book HERE

You can find the program HERE

You can find information on visiting Bergamo HERE



The Tourism and Gastronomy Group has been running since 2000. Expert meetings have taken place in Portugal, France, Italy and Spain and has produced a number of publications, including the Tourism and Gastronomy volume (Routledge, 2002). Most members of this Special Interest Group (SIG) are involved in research in this subject in their local /regional area. During the meetings the aim has been to present good practices of this subject area, discuss our current research and to identify opportunities for joint research as well as other co-operative initiatives.

The next meeting will be held in Bergamo (Italy), at the local university, from the 21st to the 23rd of February of 2018 and it will be an opportunity to rejuvenate activities within the SIG.



Destination marketers increasingly recognise the importance of local/regional gastronomy for influencing the experience seeking tourists´ decisions about holiday destinations. It is suggested that the current attractiveness of gastronomy tourism results from the development of innovative and creative experiences. Traditional experiences (e.g. visits and tastings) are being implemented with more innovative and creative elements thus increasing the quality of visitor experiences.

These changes suggest the need for research on how a destination´s gastronomy contributes to the quality of the visitors´ experiences. How can food providers develop augmented experiences? What are the implications on the process of product development at the destination? How does creativity and innovation impact on food providers and tourist destinations? This meeting seeks to reflect on such questions, discuss ideas and develop new perspectives, strategies and practices to implement customer experience in gastronomy tourism.


Important dates

Abstract submission : November 15th, 2017
Notification of acceptance : November 30th, 2017
Meeting : February 21-23th, 2018
Full paper submission : March 30th, 2018


Publication details

Participants are welcome to submit their full papers AFTER the conference. The full paper submission date is the 30th March of 2018.

Papers will be considered to be published in a special issue of the Journal of Gastronomy and Tourism (ISSN 2169-2971, Print; ISSN 2169-298X, Online).  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 special issue 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

Organizing committee

  • Roberta Garibaldi, University of Bergamo – Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures - Italy
  • Carlos Fernandes, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo - Portugal

International Scientific Committee

  • Carlos Fernandes, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo - Portugal
  • Roberta Garibaldi, University of Bergamo – Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures - Italy
  • Anne-Mette Hjalager, University of Southern Denmark - Denmark
  • Greg Richards, Tilburg University - Netherlands
  • María del Pilar Leal Londoño, The Ostelea School of Tourism & Hospitality - Spain



Provisional programme

Wednesday, February 21
Arrival, dinner and overnight stay
20.00 Dinner

Thursday, February 22
9.30 Opening of meeting
Welcome by University of Bergamo delegates
Background to ATLAS Gastronomy and Tourism Research Group
Introduction to participants
10.30 Coffee Break
11:00 Presentation of papers
13.00 Lunch and guided tour of the Upper Bergamo (Città Alta)
15.30 Presentation of papers
17.00 Coffee Break
17.30 Discussion
20.00 Dinner

Friday, February 23
9.30 Presentation of papers
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Presentation of papers
13.00 Lunch and guided visit to Monastery of Astino – Biodiversity Valley
16.00 Discussion
Publication plans
Future meetings


Optional study visits

Availability for tours’ suggestions for the weekend: e.g. Venice, Garda Lake, Como Lake, Franciacorta and its vineyards (additional cost; organised by a local operator).



Packages: ATLAS members Non-Members

Conference Materials, coffee breaks, (2) lunches, (2) dinners and local guided tours.

€ 125 € 175


Cancellation policy

If written cancellation is received before February 5th 2018, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50. No refund will be possible after February 5th 2018, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Conference venue

The meeting will take place at:
Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Departement of Lingue e Letterature Straniere
Piazza Rosate nr. 2
Bergamo 24129

Google maps link: LINK
Map of the Upper City of Bergamo: LINK

We would like to suggest to book flights landing Airport of Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio (it takes about 10 minutes to reach the meeting. From Airport Milan Malpesa it will take about 3 hours to reach the meeting)

Finally we would like to suggest to book a hotel or B&B in the Upper City of Bergamo (Città Alta), as this is the easiest way to reach the meeting.



Albergo Il Sole 2*
Via Colleoni, 1 – 24129 Bergamo
Tel. +39 035 218238
Single room: € 65
Double room € 85

Gombithotel 4*
Via Mario Lupo, 6 – 24129 Bergamo
Tel. +39 035 247009
Double room:  € 168
Double room for single use:  € 128

Hotel Excelsior San Marco 4*
Piazzale Repubblica, 6 – 24122 Bergamo
Tel. +39 035 366111
Single room: € 75 - 120
Double room: € 85 - 160
Double room for single use: € 85 – 140

Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci 4*
Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 100 - 24121 Bergamo
Tel. +39 035 227411
Double room: € 168
Double room for single use: € 128

Best Western Premier - Hotel Cappello d’Oro

Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 12 - 24121 Bergamo
Tel. +39 035 4222711
Single room: € 99
Double room: € 122
Double room for single use: € 110

Hotel San Giorgio 3*
Via San Giorgio, 10 – 24122 Bergamo
Tel. +39 035 212043
Single room: € 55
Double room: € 65
Double room for single use: € 60

NH Hotel 4*
Via Paleocapa, 1 – 24122 Bergamo
Tel. +39 848 390 398
Double room: € 128
Double room for single use: € 108

Hostel BG Central
Via Ghislanzoni– 24122 Bergamo
Tel. +39 035 211359
Single room: € 28
Double room: € 47



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