BEST EN THINK TANKS are annual three day events seeking to push the field of sustainable tourism research and education forward. They are typically held in the summer at a university where sustainable tourism is taught and researched. They consist of research presentations, keynote speakers, a research agenda THINK TANK, and curriculum development sessions. Each year the THINK TANK has a particular theme and seeks to provide vision and cutting-edge insight to the topic at hand. The theme for the next THINK TANK is: Managing Risk and Crisis for Sustainable Tourism: Research and Innovation.
Research Presentations: Each THINK TANK provides an opportunity for researchers to present their work. A Call for Papers goes out at the end of the previous year and papers are invited and then blind reviewed by an academic review committee.
Keynote Speakers: Key experts in the field are invited to share their knowledge on topics related to the overall theme of the THINK TANK.
Research Agenda: Each THINK TANK provides an opportunity for participants to highlight and explore topics that will be the focus of tourism research in the coming years. Interested researchers are invited to participate in workshops to identify 'hot topics' in sustainable tourism. These research workshops will run in parallel with the curriculum development workshops. For selected hot topic areas, participants will develop a research agenda.This agenda will include identification of the specific problems that require research to be undertaken, exploring the types of approaches that can be taken to develop 'cutting edge' research in these areas, discussion of the likely outcomes of the research, its implications for stakeholder decision making and its policy significance.The research agenda of THINK TANK V includes the development of a suite of tools to identify, reduce and manage risk and crisis management to underpin sustainable tourism development.