Introduction

Sustainable Tourism 2018 is the eighth meeting organised in this successful series. The first was held in Segovia (2004), followed by Bologna (2006), Malta (2008), the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute (2010), A Coruña (2012), Opatija, Croatia in 2014 and Valencia, Spain in 2016

Today tourism is an important component of development, not only in economic terms but also for knowledge and human welfare. Tourism today is an activity accessible to a growing number of people.

The phenomenon has many more advantages than disadvantages. New forms of economic development and increasing wealth of human societies depend on tourism. Our knowledge of the world now includes a strong component due to tourism. Human welfare has physiological and psychological elements, which tourism promotes, both because of the enjoyment of knowing new territories and increasing contacts with near or far away societies and cultures.

The tourism industry has nevertheless given rise to some serious problems, including social costs and ecological impacts. Many ancient local cultures have practically lost their identity. Their societies have oriented their economy only to this industry. Both the natural and cultural – rural or urban – landscapes have also paid a high price for certain forms of tourism. These problems will persist if economic benefit is the only target, leading to economic gains that eventually become ruinous. It is also a grave error to disregard the fact that visitors nowadays are increasingly demanding in cultural and environmental terms.

Never before have transport and communication links been so important as today. Natural ecosystems are now a rarity on the planet and ecologists talk today about ‘socio-ecosystems’. Given this, tourism and environmental education are facing a major challenge.

The ‘Global Change’ is a set of natural environmental changes that are strongly affected by technological and social developments. Natural changes are inherent in the Earth’s ecosystem (the ‘ecosphere’). Also, technological and social changes are inherent to mankind (the ‘noosphere’) and are now becoming widespread. Cities are growing rapidly and industry requires increasingly larger areas. Many traditional rural areas are being abandoned. Tourism should also play an important role in this context. Thus, interestingly, many historic agricultural districts have maintained, or even recovered, their local population numbers through intelligent strategies of tourism focused on nature and rural culture. Natural landscapes and biodiversity are becoming increasingly appreciated. The tourism industry must be able to respond to these aspirations.

Sustainable Tourism 2018 aims to find ways to protect the natural and cultural landscape through the development of new solutions which minimise the adverse effects of tourism. This can be achieved through new strategies involving the active collaboration of society as a whole.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Sustainable Tourism 2018. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Tourism strategies
  • Environmental issues
  • Climate change
  • Safety and security
  • Tourism as a tool of development
  • Heritage tourism
  • Marine and coastal areas tourism
  • Sport tourism
  • Tourism impact
  • Tourism and protected area
  • Ecotourism
  • Rural tourism
  • Tourism and technology
  • Industrial tourism
  • Transport and tourism
  • Education and tourism
  • Destination management
  • eTourism
  • Simulation models
  • Social and physical infrastructure
  • Gastronomic tourism
  • Contents tourism
  • Sustainability
  • Role of the landscape on tourism
  • Dark tourism
  • Project image
  • Sustainability assessments
  • Gender role
  • Cultural tourism
  • Medical and health tourism
  • Tourism and nature
  • Local community

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers
Papers presented at Sustainable Tourism 2018 are to be published by WIT Press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning instead.

Reviews
To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check.

Open Access
WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work. All WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free from the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Indexing and Archiving
Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings
At registration, delegates will be given copies of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. Following the Conference, delegates will receive an electronic copy of the final publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive
All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are permanently and freely available to the International Scientific Community.

Networking
Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students
The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Sustainable Tourism 2018 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in an issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (ISSN:1743-7601; Digital ISSN:1743-761X).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com) where they are permanently and freely available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Location, Country

ViennaThe picturesque city of Vienna, capital of Austria, has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The city is renowned for its music, theatre and opera but is also bursting with a multitude of internationally renowned museums and galleries which can be found by walking through the characteristic cobbled streets and imperial squares. The grand buildings offer a variety of architectural styles from Romanesque to Baroque as well as Art Nouveau. Within Vienna, the Secession and the Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station are ranked among the best examples of Art Nouveau in the world. Vienna has a lively mix of unique cafes, bustling street markets and an array of shops.

Travel Information

By Air:


Vienna International Airport (VIE)- http://www.viennaairport.com/en/passengers

Vienna International Airport is located approximately 20km from the city and is connected to 186 destinations across 72 countries across the world.

In addition to flying to most European major cities, Vienna also has good connections to Toronto, Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, UAE and several cities in the United States amongst others.

Within the 74 airlines operating in Vienna Airport, you can find Air France, Air Italia, AirBerlin, British Airways, China Airways, Easyjet, Emirates and Vueling. For information on all airlines flying to Vienna, visit:
http://www.viennaairport.com/jart/prj3/va/main.jart?rel=en&content-id=1249344074242

When you arrive at the airport, you can reach the hotel via public transport, taxi or by hiring a car:

  • Public Transport: Take the City Airport Train (CAT) to the Station Landstraße / Wien Mitte. There you change to the Metro U3 (direction Ottakring) and go to the station Ottakring. From here you take the Bus 46A or 46B and go to the station Wilhelminenberg. The hotel is across the street. The price for the City Airport train is 12€ single or 16€ return. Underground and bus tickets can be purchased per journey or for a period of time (24, 48, 72 hours).
  • Taxi: A taxi journey to the airport will cost around 36€ If you wish you can take the City Airport Train to the city centre and then take a taxi to hotel from there for around €20.
  • Car Rental: Several companies operate at the airport such as Sixt, Avis & Hertz. The address of the hotel is Savoyenstraße 2, 1160 Wien. The drive will take around an hour.

 

By Rail:


Vienna is well connected to the main European rail network. You can find connections on this link: http://www.oebb.at/en/
When you arrive at the station, you can reach the hotel via public transport or taxi:
Public transport: From Vienna Hauptbahnhof to the hotel. You have to take the Metro U1 (direction Leopoldau) to the station Stephansplatz. There you change to the Metro U3 (direction Ottakring) and go to the station Ottakring. There you take the Bus 46A or 46B and go to the station “Wilhelminenberg”. The hotel is across the street.

Taxi: The price of a taxi from the city centre to the hotel will cost around €20.

 

By Road:


If you wish to visit the city centre, you can take Bus 46A or 46B to Ottakring station. There you can take the Metro U3 to Stephan’s plaz.

Underground and bus tickets can be purchased per journey or for a period of time (24, 48, 72 hours). The price of a single ticket is 2.30 Euro.

We recommend visiting the Vienna Tourism Information office for additional information:
https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/tourist-info

 

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Venue

The conference will take place at the Schloss Wilhelminenberg hotel. The idyllic location of this former grand imperial hunting retreat on Wilhelminenberg area is a fairytale setting for your visit, surrounded by meadows, woods and vineyards. The hotel’s 12 hectare park is ideal for gentle walks, before relaxing on the terrace or in the winter garden, where the stunning vistas over Vienna open up. The hotel has its own car park and is very well connected to the city centre and the airport by public transport.

Address:

Schloss Wilhelminenberg hotel
Savoyenstraße 2
1160 Wien
Austria
Tel: +43 1 4858503

In order to benefit from the discounted rate offered to our delegates, we recommend that you book your accommodation via the link below. 

www.austria-trend.at/book/WessexInstitute 

Additional Information

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Comments from delegates that have attended our conferences

Excellent conference. A group of professionals concerned about the destiny of the architectural heritage. Mariolly Dávila

The overall experience was great. The conference provided a platform for international collaborations and understanding. Well done to Wessex Institute Nor Hussain

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

First and foremost, I very much like the very professional way of organising so many congresses on such a wide range of topics and levels of complexity. Second, the mix of attendants/experts from all over the world leads to nice discussions and exchanges of ideas. Every time, there are things to learn and take home. Third, I like the very friendly, rather personal, atmosphere. Fourth, the limited number of attendants means that there are no crowds or messy situations. Fifth, everything is perfectly clear, from start to finish, there are no surprises. Sixth, the key organizer is a very amiable and accessible team player. There is no complex organisation with many levels of decision making Jaap Vleugel

Very interesting conference, the papers were well researched. Ihuoma Onungwa

The conference provided us with an intercultural and scientific exchange with respect to the current relevance of water research Mariza Abrameto (UNRN Argentina)

Quite interesting, good meetings, new colleagues from other countries, professionaly good to know more about WIT Conferences Vera Maria Lopes Ponçano

Great atmosphere with extensive interaction amongst delegates Derek Northwood

It was an interesting experience, meeting participants from other countries, exchanging ideas, deducting logical solution for serious problems related to sustainability and quality of life Dr. Maged Youssef

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

It's been a great experience attending the WIT Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning. The process of abstract and paper review has been smooth and well coordinated throughout. I would highly recommend next generation scholars to engage in the future conferences organised by WIT Sarbeswar Praharah

A great experience interacting with colleagues from all over the world on a personal level. It was interesting to learn about others' projects and affirm the value of the work we are doing in sustainable planning and development Julia Murphy

Very good conference and I will attend again and encourage my Faculty to attend Thomas C. Sammons

The experience in the conference was really good. The conference was well organized and I felt very confortable. The quality of the contents was very interesting. For sure I will attend the next conference Antonio José Tenza-Abril

A very fruitful and rewarding cooperation Germán Rodríguez Rodríguez

I have been having an excellent experience with Wessex Institute Israel Felzenszwalb

This was my first conference participation organized by Wessex Institute (WI) and I intend to get involved annually Dr Shadung Moja, South Africa

As always it was a very pleasant experience and I like the wide thematic and regional spread of the participants Michael Groll

My experience with the Wessex Institute was very good Domenica Mirauda

The organization and location was excellent as always Ekkehard Christoffels