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Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached the first Call for Papers for the 2017 BEST EN Think Tank.

We warmly invite you to the BEST EN Think Tank XVII to be held in Mauritius, from June 14-17, 2017 in conjunction with the International Centre for Sustainable Tourism at the University of Mauritius.

The theme of Think Tank XVII is “Innovation and Progress in Sustainable Tourism”. The term ‘sustainable tourism’ emerged in the early 1980s building on earlier concerns about the negative impacts of tourism and linking tourism to the wider sustainability movement. Despite 30 years of discussion of tourism and sustainability in academic and government documents, recent reviews suggest that there is considerable room for improvement in the practice of sustainable tourism.

In 2007 the BEST EN Think Tank, hosted by Northern Arizona University and held in Flagstaff in the USA, focused on innovation for sustainable tourism. It is timely to re-examine the concept of innovation in sustainability and reflect on how innovation has contributed to the sustainability of tourism in the last decade. Linking the review of innovation to progress in sustainable tourism more broadly can help assess whether and how innovation has contributed to or resulted in making tourism more sustainable. Further, a consideration of future directions and contemplation of the nature of progress also supports a renewed examination of sustainable tourism itself.

Participants are welcome to present both state-of-the-art empirical and conceptual research papers providing the basis for inspiring, critical and constructive sessions. We encourage multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary submissions. The range of sub-topics related to innovation and progressin sustainable tourism includes:

  • Innovation in sustainable tourism – cases, issues, and challenges
  • Assessing progress in sustainable tourism – barriers, evaluations, measurement
  • Understanding tourism impacts
  • Contributions of tourism to destination sustainability
  • Teaching and learning approaches in sustainable tourism innovation
  • Sustainable tourism and governance, especially in peripheral, emerging and small island destinations
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches for researching sustainable tourism
  • Product, marketing and experiential innovation in sustainable tourism
  • Social entrepreneurship and community-based innovations in sustainable tourism
  • Other topics relevant to the Think Tank theme and/or sustainable tourism education

We invite potential authors to submit either an abstract or full paper for consideration by the Think Tank’s scientific committee. Early submission of abstracts and papers is encouraged and will expedite the review process for those needing advanced notification of the status of acceptance. The deadline for both abstract and paper submission is February 14th, 2017.

Full details can be found here in the Call for Papers BEST EN Think Tank XVII - CALL FOR PAPERS 2017.pdf

We Look forward to welcoming you to the Think Tank in Mauritius in 2017.


Dr. Gianna Moscardo Professor,

College of Business, Law and Governance

James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4811

Phone: +61 7 47814254

CO-CHAIR BEST Education Network www.besteducationnetwork.org


List of Articles
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20 Outstanding Paper Awards 2017 BEST EN Think Tank file Aug 17, 2017

BEST EN would like to congratulate the winners of the Outstanding Paper awards at the 2017 BEST EN Think Tank, which was held in June in Mauritius. This year's theme was “Innovation and Progress in Sustainable Tourism” The Winners of the Ou...

19 BEST EN Thiink Tank XVII Keynote Speaker Dr Scott Cohen file Jan 13, 2017

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18 BEST EN Thiink Tank XVII Keynote Speaker Dr Susanne Becken file Jan 03, 2017

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» BEST EN Think Tank XVII - Call for Papers file Sep 29, 2016

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16 BEST EN Think Tank XVI Call for Papers extended until 21st April 2016 file Mar 28, 2016

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15 BEST EN Thiink Tank XVI Keynote Speaker Dr Xavier Font file Jan 13, 2016

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14 BEST EN Thiink Tank XVI Keynote Speaker Petra Thomas file Jan 13, 2016

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13 Introducing our new Executive members... Paige Viren file Aug 13, 2015

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12 Introducing our new Executive members... Wolfgang Strasdas file Aug 13, 2015

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11 Introducing our new Executive members... Erling Kavita file Aug 13, 2015

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10 BEST EN Think Tank XVI, 2016 Host Announcement file Jul 27, 2015

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9 BEST EN Think Tank XV Keynote speaker Prof Jarkko Saarinen file Mar 04, 2015

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8 BEST EN Think Tank XV Keynote speaker Dr Anna Spenceley file Mar 04, 2015

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7 Introducing Rachel Hay, new BEST EN Secretary file Jan 02, 2015

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6 Gianna Moscardo new Chair of BEST EN file Jan 02, 2015

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5 Resources from Think Tank XIV available now file Jul 14, 2014

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4 BEST EN Outstanding Paper Award 2014 file Jul 14, 2014

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3 Frederic Dimanche to join the BEST EN International Advisory Board file Jan 30, 2014

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2 Dirk Glaesser confirmed second keynote file Dec 04, 2013

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1 First keynote speaker confirmed! Dec 04, 2013

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