51st TRC Meeting, Helsinki

The 51st TRC meeting took place in Helsinki, Finland. The local organizer was Peter Björk.

Date: March 31 - April 3, 2016
Location: Helsinki, Finland


Publication Alert: “Tourist Research Centre (TRC): short history”

Norbert Vanhove has published a short history of the TRC in Anatolia: An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research. A preview of the first page is scanned below. Follow the link to read more about the origins of the TRC and how it developed into the organisation it is today.

“Tourist Research Centre (TRC): short history”


50th TRC Meeting, Lyon

The 50th TRC meeting took place in Lyon, France. The local organizer was Sophie Elias-Varotsis.

Date: March 31-April 3, 2016
Location: Lyon, France

Check out the gallery of photos from the meeting:


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… and an article about the meeting, published by Only Lyon (in French).



Peter Björk “Extending the Domain of Tourism Marketing”

Philippe Callot “An individual CO2 notebook to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)”

Valeria Croce, John Kester, and Karl Wöber “Expert Identification and Calibration for Collective Forecasting Tasks”

Sophie Elias-Varotsis “The Social Selling Gateway for Hospitality VSE’s & SME’s”

Raija Komppula “Involving Customers in (New) Service Development in Tourism”

Martin Lohmann “Why we travel. And does it change? Tourists’ motivation and tourists’ motives in Germany”

Justyna Majewska “GPS-based measurement of geographic spillovers in tourism”

Egon Smeral “Challenges of the hotel and restaurant industry: productivity and seasonality”

In Memoriam Olivier Vanneste

TRC learned with great sadness of the passing away of former Governor of the Province of West-Flanders prof. dr. em Olivier Baron Vanneste and one of the founders of TRC.

TRC learned with great sadness of the passing away of former Governor of West-Flanders prof. dr.em. Olivier Baron Vanneste and Honorary member of TRC on 17 September. Olivier Vanneste was the founder of WER (West-Flemish Development Council) and WES (Wes-Flemish Study Office) in 1954. Tourism is a very important economic activity in the province of West-Flanders. The Belgian Coast and the art city Bruges are well known tourism destinations in Europe., Taking into account the role of tourism in West-Flanders he took the initiative to start with a tourism research department within WES in 1962. Very soon WES became an important player in tourism research not only in Belgium but worldwide.

Based on the publication ‘Le Littoral et son Hinterland (O Vanneste & G. Declercq, 1955), Prof.W. Hunziker, President AIEST, invited Olivier Vanneste to join the AIEST in the late 1950s. The link between AIEST and TRC is rather close. On the occasion of the 25th Tourist Research Centre (TRC) meeting in Bruges, in 1990, Rik Medlik wrote on the history of the young TRC. From his text I quote: ‘the TRC was formed in the mid 1960s by a small group of researchers who felt the need to meet and exchange experience of research in tourism. Their decision at the time was to a great extent a reaction to larger organizations and their conferences, in which participants tended to talk at each other from the platform rather confer and discuss’. Rik was very polite. The origin of TRC was to a certain extent a discontent with the AIEST working in the beginning of the 1960s. A number of AIEST members were of the opinion that AIEST was not the ideal platform to discuss in depth the methodological aspects of tourism research. Olivier Vanneste was one of the reactionaries. TRC started in 1965 with a first meeting in Bruges. But he and other TRC members promised Prof W. Hunziker, that TRC members always should be an AIEST member

He always was a great defender of TRC also as governor of West-Flanders. He invited TRC two times in the provincial palace on the occasion of the annual meetings in Bruges.

We will always remember his pragmatic and purposive leadership.

Norbert Vanhove
Honorary President TRC

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49th TRC Meeting, Innsbruck

The 49th TRC meeting took place at the Management Center Innsbruck in Innsbruck (Austria). The local organizer was Mike Peters.

Date: April 10-13, 2014
Location: Management Center Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, http://www.mci.edu/en


The meeting program as well as background information  is available here.

Check out the gallery of photos from the meeting here.



David Airey, Harald Pechlaner, Michael Volgger “Governance and Policy in Tourism – to whom does tourism policy respond?”

Monika Bandi “Regional economic development in the canton of Bern and its destinations – an analysis of the structure with a focus on the hotel industry”

Peter Björk “Understanding Tourist Experiences through the Lens of Family Communication en Tour”

Philippe Callot “Is Revenue Management influenced by on-demand marketing? Reality and analysis: case study of Disneyland® Paris”

Antónia Correia “From tourists’ preferences to yield paths of tourism development: The case of the Algarve”

Frederic Dimanche “Perceptions of Russia as a meeting conference and exhibition destination: A study of European meeting professionals”

Sophie Elias-Varotsis “Cross-border and cross-sector Collaborations: Networking for Mutual Growth”

Metin Kozak, Giacomo del Giappa, Jalayer Khalizadeh “Reasons for Travelling and non-Travelling to Certain Destinations: An Empirical Investigation of Iranian Tourist Market”

Janne Liburd “Towards the Collaborative University”

Martin Lohmann “Sustainability in the eyes of the tourists - results from a recent survey in Germany”

Justyna Majewska “Agglomeration and tourism flows: empirical evidence from European countries”

Andreas Papatheodorou, Paris Tsartas “Developing a Negotiation Framework between Low Cost Carriers and Tourism Destinations”

Mike Peters, Andreas Kallmuenzer “Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) in Family Firms: The Case of Tourism”

Gareth Shaw “Innovation and Aspects of Knowledge Management in Tourism”

Egon Smeral “Tourism as a Research Field of Economics”

Anne Verhaeghe “Holiday plans monitor”

Allan Williams “International migration and work flexibility as determinants of labour productivity in hotels”

Clemens Költringer, Irem Önder, Karl Wöber “Benchmarking the Performance of DMOs’ Websites”

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