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ATLAS Africa Conference 2013
Kigali, Rwanda, 3th- 5th June 2013



African Tourism in Global Society: Central or Peripheral?


 Download here the provisional program


African Tourism in Global Society: Central or Peripheral?

ATLAS Africa and the Rwanda Tourism University College, the organizers of the 8th ATLAS Africa conference, invite various stakeholders in tourism industry to this international conference, scheduled to take place from 3-5 June 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda.

In its strategic vision on the development of international tourism the Rwanda governments recognizes specific opportunities for the improvement of tourist facilities in general and further capitalization on the three main assets (bird watching, mountain gorilla viewing, and the national parks), as well as increasing the attraction for business travel and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Congresses and Events). Therefore papers specifically dealing with these topics are welcomed.

More generally the conference offers a forum for knowledge exchange and debate on the role of African tourism in global society, attempting to evaluate its centrality as an agent of social change. Key questions may be asked about the relevance of African tourism to global society in general and Rwanda in particular, incorporating economic, cultural, social, political, environmental and ethical dimensions.

Call for papers

Experts from a variety of disciplines are expected to bring to light theoretical and conceptual frameworks about the pivotal role of African tourism. These experts are to deliver to the conference their full scientific papers, abstracts and extended abstracts, and communications on a range of themes but not restricted to:

  1. Tourism and cultural change
  2. Entrepreneurship in international tourism
  3. Tourism and human resource development
  4. Tourism and economic development
  5. Tourism and politics
  6. Tourism and technology
  7. Tourism, conservation and development

Submission of abstracts

Abstracts (maximum of 500 words) indicating background, practical implications and applications, methods and or data sources and indicative findings of the paper is excepted to be submitted for vetting and verification by scientific committee.

Abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS by using this form before February 1st 2013.

Abstract requirements

The official language of the conference 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.

Extended abstracts

The conference organisers have the intention to publish proceedings BEFORE the conference. We would like to receive all the "papers in progress" / "working papers" / "extended abstract", and make a conference proceedings which will be distributed to all participants at the conference. The working papers should have no more then 2000 words.

Extended abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS in MS WORD by e-mail attachment to

Extended abstracts should be submitted before March 1st, 2013.


Publication details

Selected full papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of a selected Journal. More details will follow shortly.

Other papers will be included in the ATLAS Africa series.


Important dates and deadlines

Abstract submission : March 1st, 2013
Notification of acceptance : March 15th, 2013
Submission of extended abstracts : April 1st, 2013
Full paper submission : Augustus 5th, 2013


Scientific committee

  • Karin Bras, INHOLLAND University, Netherlands
  • Kabera Callixte, Rwanda Tourism University College, Rwanda
  • René van der Duim, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Damianah Kieti, MOI University, Kenya
  • Andrew Lepp, Kent State University, USA
  • Dorothea Meyer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Jockey Baker Nyakaana, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Harry Wels, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Karel Werdler, INHOLLAND University, Netherlands


Keynote speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Rica Rwigamba
Rwanda Development Board
Tourism and Conservation





Professor Richard Sharpley
University of Central Lancashire
School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors







Moses Makonjio Okello Ph.D
Senior Director & Professor
SFS Centre for Wildlife Management Studies, Kenya







Provisional programme


Provisional programme

Sunday 2nd June 2013

16.00 - 17.00

Welcom drinks and registration


Monday 3rd June 2013

Morning Opening session
  Keynote speaker 1
Afternoon Workshop sessions

Tuesday 4th June 2013

Morning Workshop sessions
Afternoon Fieldtrip

Wednesday 5rd June 2013

Morning Keynote speaker 2
  Workshop sessions
Afternoon Workshop sessions
  Keynote speaker 3
  Closing session



Conference packages

Residence: ATLAS members Non ATLAS members Student fee
Africa  150  150 50
Non Africa:  300 350  100

This fee is including:

  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Welcome drink on Sunday in the Lemigo Hotel
  • Social event on Monday evening including dinner
  • Fieldtrip on Teusday
  • Transportation between the recommended hotels and the conference venue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


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 15th May, 2013, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50.

No refund will be possible after 15th May, 2013, but substitute delegates can be nominated.



Conference fieldtrips


Conference fieldtrips

Halfday trip Kigali
Will be organized and executed by RTUC at no additional costs for participants.

Kagera National Park fieldtrip, 1 day
Park entrance fee 60$ p.p., transport depending on amount of participants, minimum 150 $ (this includes entrance fee driver and car to National Park).

Kagera National Park fieldtrip 2 days
Park entrance fee 60 $ p.p., overnight stay at Kagera Lodge 80 $ double room, transport depending on amount of participants minimum 150 $ (including entrance fee driver and car National Park, but excluding overnight stay driver).

Gorilla tracking

Permit at 750 US$, which should be applied for several months in advance. Information on additional costs as transport and accommodation will be provided shortly.




Conference venue

Kigali Institute of science and Technology (KIST)
Muhabura Building
Conference Hall
Rue de l'Armée
PO BOX 3900


Conference organisers

The conference will be organised by ATLAS in partnership with the Rwanda Tourism University College, Kent State University, INHOLLAND University and Wageningen University.


    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 75 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

    Contact person:
    Leontine Onderwater
    Tel: +31-26-4452699

  • Rwanda Tourism University College



  • Kent State University

    Kent State University was founded in 1910 and is located in Kent, Ohio. The university strives to address the needs of the communities it serves and society as a whole by offering 281 academic programs at the certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral levels. The university's College of Education, Health, and Human Services has five associate programs, 18 undergraduate programs, 24 graduate degrees, and 13 doctoral programs. Our graduates go on to serve as leaders in a wide variety of fields including education, hospitality, tourism, and park management.

    Contact person:
    Dr. Andrew Lepp

  • INHOLLAND University



  • Wageningen University




Recommended hotels

The following recommended hotels are selected. Delegates have to book their own hotel. Transfers from the hotels and the conference venue have only been arranged from these recommended hotels. Prices are especially been negotiated for delegates of the ATLAS Africa conference. Please mention this by booking. 

Lemigo Hotel
4* hotel, special delegate price $ 135, all rooms have wifi, are swimmingpool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna free for guests, breakfast included, transport from and to airport included.

Hotel Beau Sejour
3* hotel, special delegate price $ 90, breakfast included, close to two good restaurants (Italian and Chinees), internet in all rooms.

Hotel Beau Sejour Guesthouse
Bungalows, special delegate price $ 45, close to two good restaurants (Italian and Chinees), internet connection.

Hotel Chez Lando
3* hotel, special delegate price $ 110 for 2 nights, breakfast included, transport from and to airport included, free wifi, large and lively restaurant.  

Landstar Hotel
3* hotel , special delegate prices $ 70 (single room),  $ 100 (standard room), $ 130 (VIP suite), breakfast and free wifi included, free transport from and to airport.




Transfers are being arranged by the RTUC bus between the recommended hotels and the conference venue.

Transfers between Kigali International Airport and the hotels are normally offered by the hotels. You can arrange this with the hotels upon booking.


More information

Information will be available soon.



  • 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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