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Independent Travel Research Group Meeting
Beirut, Lebanon
19th - 21st January 2013


Independent Travel and Hospitality
An expert conference
The revised version of the conference program can be downloaded here
Keynote speech from Dr. Ala Al-Harmarneh



Following the third expert meeting in Shimla, India in 2008 and the fourth meeting in Hermanus, South Africa, the Independent Travel Research Group (formerly the Backpacker Research Group) of ATLAS are pleased to announce a call for papers for the fifth meeting in Beirut, Lebanon in association with the Lebanese International University. The overall conference aim is to examine and review research into the relationships between independent travel and hospitality.

The theme draws upon new work in Critical Hospitality Studies that has argued that ‘Hospitality is Society’ (Bell, 2012). Moreover, the location for the conference, Lebanon, has been widely known for its hospitality and as a significant independent travel destination. The conference will involve an excursion to visit Baalbek.

We are very happy to announce that Dr Ala Al-Harmarneh will give a keynote speech. He is a renowned Scholar of tourism in the Arab world from the University of Mainz, Germany.






Call for papers / Conference themes

According to the ATLAS Independent Travel Research Group programme, potential themes to be addressed include:

  • Independent Travel and Critical Hospitality Theory
  • Independent Travel and Transnational Spaces of Meeting
  • Borders and the regulation of Travel and Hospitality
  • Ethics in the relations of Hospitality and Travel
  • Work Relationships in Independent Travel and Hospitality
  • Issues of gender, race, ethnicity and class in Independent Travel and Hospitality
  • Engagement with new and old technologies in Independent Travel and Hospitality
  • Policy and planning dilemmas for managing Independent Travel and Hospitality
  • Alternative methodologies in Independent Travel and Hospitality Research

The official language of the meeting is English. All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by at least two members of the Scientific Committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on theoretical and empirical significance, methodological soundness, technical competency, and logical clarity.

Abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS and should include author's name, institution, contact address/e-mail and title. Abstracts (approximately 500 words) should indicate background, theoretical/ practical implications, methods and/or data sources, and indicative findings of the paper. Please send you abstract to

Previous ATLAS Research Group meetings have led to significant publications. We envisage that this will be the case also with this meeting.



Important dates

Abstract submission deadline : November 15th 2012
Notification of acceptance : December 1th 2012


Scientific committee

  • Professor Kevin Hannam, University of Sunderland, UK
  • Dr Gareth Butler, University of Johannesburg South Africa
  • Dr Anya Diekmann, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Dr Cody Morris Paris, Middlesex University, Dubai
  • Dr Ala Al-Hamarneh, University of Mainz, Germany
  • Ibrahim Baghdadi, Lebanese International University, Lebanon




Conference packages

Packages: ATLAS members Non-Members
Full package € 300 € 350
Students € 200 € 250

This will include:



Cancellation policy

As soon as ATLAS has confirmed your registration, you are obliged to pay the conference fee. If written cancellation is received on or before December 31st, 2012, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50.

No refund will be possible after December 31th, 2012, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Conference organisers

The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. ATLAS was designated a "European Thematic Network" for the tourism and leisure subject areas by the European Commission in 1996. ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. ATLAS currently has almost 300 member institutions in 66 countries. ATLAS has active chapters in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa, and a new chapter ATLAS Americas is being developed at the moment. The ATLAS homepage can be visited via

ATLAS conference secretariat
Travit - PO Box 3042
6802 DA Arnhem
The Netherlands

Tel: +31-26-4452699
Fax: +31-26-4452932

For initial further information please contact Professor Kevin Hannam:


Recommended Accommodation and Travel

Hotel Cavalier
3 star
(about $80 per person)
Tel: 00961 1347225

Crowne plaza
(about 120-150$ per person)
Tel. 009611754755

Both are available on



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