Call for papers

Following the success of THE INC 2018, the universities of NHL Stenden, Derby and Sunderland, the Academy of International Hospitality Research (AIHR), and the Centre for Research in Tourism Excellence (CERTE) are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for THE INC 2020 titled ‘Revisiting Co-creation and Co-destruction in Tourism, Hospitality and Events’.

THE INC (Tourism Hospitality & Events INternational Conference) aims to the improvement of theory and practice of the respective fields and aspires to become a beacon of research knowledge dissemination. THE INC welcomes theoretical, empirical, experimental, and case study research contributions. These contributions should clearly address the theoretical and practical implications of the research in reference. The proposed topics can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Competitiveness, sustainability and corporate social responsibility
  • Consumer behaviour, decision-making, expectations, experience and satisfaction
  • Cultural, heritage
  • Demand-supply forecasting, and performance studies
  • Economics and finance
  • Emerging and innovative research methods and methodologies
  • Event, sport and festival tourism
  • Human resources, equality, diversity, and labour operations
  • Innovation, creativity and change management
  • Internationalisation of tourism, hospitality and events education
  • IT, ICT, e-tourism, and emerging technologies
  • Marketing, advertising, branding and promotional activities
  • Methods, methodologies and research approaches
  • Mobilities
  • Policy, planning, and development
  • Psychology, sociology, and social anthropology
  • Spas, health and well-being
  • Training and education
  • Other interdisciplinary areas related with tourism, hospitality, and events

Abstract Submission

An abstract between 500 to 700 words (excluding references) should be submitted. The abstract should include an indication of the purpose of the research, the interdisciplinary approach taken, the methods used and the key (expected) findings.  The abstract should be submitted via the online conference platform. For submitting your abstract please click HERE.

Key Dates

Extended Deadline for abstract submission: Sunday, 1st March 2020

Notification of acceptance: until Sunday, 1st March 2020

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Sunday, 3rd May 2020

UPDATED NOTE: All registrations should be made until 1st June 2020

Venue: 9th – 11th June 2020

UPDATED VENUE DATES: 10th -11th June 2020

Conference Fees

Once the abstract is accepted for presentation at THE INC, the registration process begins. The registration costs are the following:

Packages € until 3rd May

(Early Bird)

€ from 4th till 25th May

Full Registration*



Full Student Registration*



One Day Registration



Gala dinner



*Full registrations also include Gala dinner

UPDATED NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent transformation of the conference to online only, all fees have been reshuffled to a reduced fee of Euro 100 per person. This fee covers our conference organising costs, and the additional costs of ICT specialists to run our conference through ZOOM software. We also include a conference bag and will post those out to every paid-up delegate.

The registration and payment should be made through the online system until 1st June. For registering please click HERE.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Prof Don Getz, University of Calgary, Canada. For more info about professor Getz please click HERE
  • Prof Marina Novelli, University of Brighton, UK. For more info about professor Novelli please click HERE
  • Prof Fevzi Okumus, University of Central Florida, USA. For more info about professor Okumus please click HERE

Publication Opportunities

Several publication opportunities for the research presented at THE INC will be provided. Apart from the conference proceedings, the full paper version of high research quality papers can be published from the following journals:

Special issues:

  • Tourism Planning & Development: Tourism Planning & Development journal will publish at least one special issue entitled “Revisiting Co-creation and Co-destruction in Tourism Development”, which will include the full paper version of the research presented at the conference. For more info about the journal please click HERE
  • Event Management: Event Management journal will publish at least one special issue entitled “Revisiting Co-creation and Co-destruction in Events”, which will include the full paper version of the research presented at the conference. For more info about the journal please click HERE


Selected papers will be considered for publication at the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management: For more info about the journal please click HERE.


Note: The themed issues generated from THE INC 2018 in Event Management and Hospitality and Society journals have included an overall number of 24 articles, highlighting THE INC as the conference with the most significant research output in the field of tourism, hospitality and events.

Key Contacts

Prof. Erwin Losekoot (Chair of the Organising Committee)

NHL Stenden University, Netherlands (


Dr. Eleni Michopoulou (Co-chair of Scientific Committee)

University of Derby, Buxton, U.K. (


Dr. Nikolaos Pappas (Co-chair of Scientific Committee)

University of Sunderland, U.K. (