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For a long time, tourism has been considered a highly resilient industry. Since the 1950s, global tourism has been on a constant growth path that has made the industry one of the world’s largest economic sectors. As a result, tourism’s global and regional economic impacts have become increasingly important. Globally, tourism has been estimated to support every tenth job, and in South Africa, for example, the tourism industry represented seven percent of the total GDP and supported 1.5 million jobs in 2019.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic changed – at least temporally – the course of tourism development. Instead of being resilient, the tourism industry was considered a highly vulnerable sector to external pressures and shocks, such as the outbreak of the pandemic. In addition, research has indicated that the industry is vulnerable to many other elements in its’ operational environment, such as climate change, natural disasters and economic and geopolitical changes. All this has activated a need for recovery and building better resilience for the future industry and tourism-dependent communities. Ideally, resilience building would help the industry to undergo recovery transitions in a sustainable manner and cope and adapt to future changes. This transformation calls for developments and sustainability innovations in tourism research, education, learning, training, development policies, strategies and governance.

This conference, organised by the School of Tourism and Hospitality, the University of Johannesburg, and the University of Oulu, will focus on sustainable pathways for transforming the tourism industry, in the context of recovery and resilience building.

Themes of Sessions

We welcome abstracts related to conceptual and/or empirical aspects of sustainable pathways for transforming the tourism industry, education and employment. Abstracts may focus on (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Sustainable tourism development
  • Sustainable tourism education and learning
  • Industry responses for shocks and recovery
  • Tourism mobilities and transportation
  • Tourism resilience
  • Marketing and recovery
  • Climate and environmental change impacts for
  • resilience
  • Degrowth needs for future tourism
  • Security and politics in tourism recovery
  • Tourism and transformation
  • Role of communities in tourism
  • Inclusive tourism
  • Tourism policies and governance
  • Innovations for recovery and resilience
  • Digitalisation and technological solutions for
  • sustainable tourism
  • Sport and events tourism – from small scale to
  • mega-events
  • Revolutionising domestic tourism
  • Food tourism
  • Nature and adventure tourism – innovation,
  • sustainability and tourist experience

Keynote Speakers

Judy Kepher Gona

Ms Judy Kepher-Gona
Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda

Prof Robin Nunkoo

Prof Robin Nunkoo
University of Mauritius

Prof Urmilla Bob

Prof Urmilla Bob
University of KwaZulu Natal

Prof Gustav Visser

Prof Gustav Visser
University of Stellenbosch

Practical Information

Abstracts and Conference Papers

Please send your abstracts of around 250-300 words before 15th May 2023. All abstracts are reviewed and those who are accepted will be notified by 30th May 2023. Please submit your abstract using https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/ICFRRT2023

There will be no conference proceeding. However, there is agreed journal publishing possibility for the papers based on conference presentations. All submitted papers will be considered in Special Issues in the following Journals:

African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure: https://www.ajhtl.com/

Development Southern Africa: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/cdsa20

GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites: https://gtg.webhost.uoradea.ro/publication.html

Tourism Planning and Development: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rthp21

Full information on publishing opportunities will be communicated to registered participants with accepted papers. Manuscripts should be written in English, and they will be peer-reviewed based on the normal editorial process of the journals.

Conference Fees

International Single delegate

International Students (PhD and Masters)

Local delegate

Local students



R3 000

R2 000

Important Dates


Full paper submission 6000-7000

Words Final revised Paper submission



Accommodation and Local Transport Information

The conference will be held at the Fairway Hotel, https://guvonhotels.co.za/fairway-hotel/. Special conference rates have been organised for delegates.

For additional information and submission enquiries, please email: sthconference@uj.ac.za

Prof Tembi Tichaawa, University of Johannesburg, tembit@uj.ac.za

Prof Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu, jarkko.saarinen@oulu.fi

International Scientific Committee

Prof. Tembi Tichaawa (Co-Chair), University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof. Jarkko Saarinen (Co-Chair), University of Oulu, Finland

Prof. Christian Rogerson, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof. Kaitano Dube, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa

Prof. Jennifer Fitchett, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Prof. Karen Harris, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Prof. Haretsebe Manwa, North-West University, South Africa

Prof. Kevin Mearns, UNISA, South Africa

Prof. Thandi Nzama, University of Zululand, South Africa

Prof. Jayne Rogerson, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof. Adam Issahaku, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Dr. Albert Kimbu, University of Surrey, UK

Dr. Siyabulela Nyikana, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr. Erling Kavita, Namibian University of Science and Technology, Namibia

Dr. Naomi Moswete, University of Botswana, Botswana

Prof. Maria Gravari-Barbas, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

Prof. Joseph Cheer, Western Sydney University, Australia

Prof. C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Prof. Marina Novelli, University of Brighton, UK

Prof. Dallen Timothy, Arizona State University, USA

The Conference is sponsored by the University of Johannesburg, the University of Oulu, and Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation (SDG 9)(FAPI)

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