Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposium

Suomen matkailututkimusen seura järjestää joka kevät matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumin, jonka paikka kiertää ympäri Suomea. Symposiumiin ovat tervetulleita kaikki matkailututkimusta tekevät, sitä hyödyntävät ja siitä kiinnostuneet henkilöt. Symposiumiin osallistuvien toivotaan alustavan, mutta myös pelkkä osallistuminen on täysin mahdollista.

HUOM!  Covid19-tilanteen johdosta symposium siirretään syksylle. Vuoden 2020 symposium järjestetään siis Seilissä 6.–8.10.2020. Symposiumin ohessa järjestetään myös PhD-jakso 5.–6.10.2020.

Due to the Covid19 situation, the symposium is postponed and will be organized on Seili Island on 6.-8.10.2020. The doctoral seminar takes place on 5.–6.10.2020 in Turku.

The submitted abstracts will be automatically accepted but the authors can. of course, withdraw their abstracts. Also, new abstracts can be submitted until August 16th 2020 after which the new program will be published.

Call for Abstracts (pdf) ~ Doctoral Seminar (pdf)

Registration link will be added in the autumn!

The XIII Symposium of Finnish Tourism and Leisure Research

Tourism in crisis?

We warmly invite you to the Symposium of Finnish Tourism and Leisure Research 2020 organized on October 6th – 8th 2020 at the Archipelago Research Institute on the Seili Island, in Parainen. The symposium is organized by the Finnish Society for Tourism Research jointly with the Turku School of Economics and the Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku.

The theme for the symposium is “Tourism in crisis?”

Global tourism continues its steady growth and it seems very likely that, in the next decade, the estimated amount of 1.8 billion global tourists will be reached. At the same time, the future of tourism is more uncertain than ever before. Climate change and the biodiversity crisis are intensively discussed in the media, and climate anxiety has become a widespread experience among the public and also tourists. The term “flight shame” has been introduced and overtourism continues to harm various top destinations. In addition, the possibility of the global financial crisis, political instability and terrorism cast shadows over tourism development in the future.

The Symposium aims to examine the nature of crises in tourism and, especially, whether tourism is in crisis – or not? Participants are welcome to present both state-of-the-art empirical and conceptual research papers providing the basis for constructive and inspiring sessions. The range of sub-topics related to the theme of “Tourism in crisis?” includes:

  • Tourism and global climate change
  • Opportunities and challenges in tourism development
  • Sustainability and responsibility in tourism development
  • Tourism and leisure behavior and experiences
  • Tourism entrepreneurs and businesses
  • Digitalization and AI in tourism
  • Stakeholder engagement and co-creation of tourism
  • Marketing and communication of tourism services
  • Sustainability labels and certifications
  • Demand for responsible tourism services and the role of consumers
  • Understanding the impacts of tourist activities
  • The role of interpretation in tourism
  • Monitoring, measuring, and evaluation of tourism strategies
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches for assessing tourism
  • Other current topics in tourism research and education

We invite authors to submit an abstract for consideration by the scientific committee of the symposium. Please send the abstracts to juulia.raikkonen(a)utu.fi by no later than August 16th 2020. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length, written in Times New Roman (12), double-spaced and with references in APA format. Please include your full name and contact information below the title. Abstracts can be submitted in English or in Finnish.

Preliminary program

Monday 5th October: Doctoral seminar
Doctoral seminar in Turku (Monday at 12-18, Tuesday at 8.30-10.30)
More information below

Tuesday 6th October 2020
At 11.00  Turku-Seili, Symposium opening (+ board meeting)
At 13.00  Lunch at Seili
At 14.00   Keynote, Ilari Sääksjärvi: “The Biodiversity Crisis Threatening the Future of Humanity?
At 15.00   Session
At 17.30   Dinner
Accommodation, sauna

Wednesday 7th October 2020
At 9.30, Sessions
At 12.30, Lunch
At 13.30, Sessions
At 16.30, Annual meeting of the Finnish Society for Tourism Research
At 18.00, Guided tour
At 19.30, Symposium dinner

Thursday 8th October 2020
At 9.00, Session
At 11.30, Seili–Turku, Symposium closing (In Turku at about 13.00)

Estimated symposium fee 210–250 € (incl. transportation Tku-Seili-Tku, full board, shared double-room). Limited amount of single rooms available at a higher rate.

This is Seili:
https://www.visitseili.fi/en/
https://saaristo.360tour.fi/  (Find Seili Island just next to Nauvo)

Keynote speaker

Professor Ilari Sääksjärvi is a director of the University of Turku Biodiversity Unit, including the Archipelago Research Institute, the Natural History Museum, the Subarctic Research Institute, the Botanical Garden and the Science Centre. His expertise covers biodiversity research sensu lato, and he has published a large number of refereed articles and other publications, including three books on biodiversity. He also specializes in science popularisation and regularly visits schools and companies to discuss global environmental challenges, such as climate change and the biodiversity crisis. 

Doctoral Seminar:
Tourism in Crisis? – PhD Research in Crisis?

Monday 5th – Tuesday 6th October 2020
TUAS ~ Arts Academy ~ Linnankatu 54–60, Turku

Along the PhD journey, each doctoral student faces ups and downs. While minor challenges may even benefit the thesis by clarifying the objectives or methodology, serious crises often delay or even halt the process. In the doctoral seminar, we take the bull by the horns and address the various crises related to PhD research. We discuss the problems related to e.g. literature reviews, methodology, and publication but also touch upon personal challenges such as lack of motivation and poor time management. In particular, we try to find solutions that help doctoral students in avoiding these challenges and eventually surviving their PhD.

Monday 5th October 2020
12.15 Welcome and introduction
12.30 Professor Toni Ahlqvist: “The Sense of Crisis
14.00 Coffee
14.30 Session 1
16.00 Short guided tour: The Funicular ride
16.30 Session 2
18.00 Dinner at the local restaurant Ranta-Kerttu (at one’s own expense)

Tuesday 6th October 2020
8.30     Session 3
10.00    Editor-in-Chief Outi Rantala: “Solutions for publishing crises”
10.30    Short walk to the ferry
11.00    Ferry to the Seili Island

Tourism in Crisis – PhD Research in Crisis? (3 ECTS) consists of:

  1. Pre-assignment: Discuss the challenges and crises you have encountered during your PhD and the solutions that have helped you to overcome or tolerate them. (Max 1000 words. DL May 15th 2020)
  2. Presentation at the doctoral seminar: The current research challenge that you need help with.
    (max 25 min/student, with discussion)
  3. Post-Assignment: What kind of advice helped you to make sense of the research challenge and how are you going to overcome the problem? (Max 1000 words. DL June 15th 2020)
  4. Participation in the XIII Symposium of Finnish Tourism and Leisure Research

Crisis Management Team: Adjunct Professor Juulia Räikkönen (UTU), Professor Raija Komppula (UEF), Professor Jarkko Saarinen (UO), and Director Antti Honkanen (MTI).

Accommodation: You can book accommodation according to your wishes.

If you are looking for a unique and affordable option, we have made a quota reservation to one hostel and one hotel. A limited amount of rooms available with the following rates. , and use the code “Tohtorikoulu2020”. Accommodation quotas will be updated.

Keynote speaker

Professor Toni Ahlqvist works at the UTU Finland Futures Research Center and focuses on regional planning and policy, spatial political economy, futures studies, and technology foresight. Currently, he is working at the university level thematic collaborations Digital Futures and Sea and Maritime Studies. He has lead numerous research projects that have covered, e.g., emerging technologies, construction and uses of futures knowledge in organizations and regions, strategic development of industrial branches, and varied aspects of a knowledge-based society.


Aiemmat symposiumit

2019 XII Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposium järjestettiin Joensuussa 27.–28.5.2019, teemalla  “Towards Responsible Tourism – opportunities and challenges.”

2017 XI Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposium, Oulu. Teemana “Muuttuva matkailu: matkailun kasvun ja kansainvälistymisen rajat?”.

2015 X Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposium, Rovaniemi, teemana “Matkailun tulevaisuus ja tutkimus”. Ks. ohjelma tästä.

2014 IX Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposium, m/s Silja Serenade, teemana “Lähimatkailu ja rajojen ylittäminen” Ks. ohjelma tästä.

2013 VIII Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumi, Imatra, teemana “Matkailun kasvusuuntia – tekevätkö venäläiset Suomesta matkailumaan?” (paikallinen yhteistyökumppani Saimaan amk)

2012 VII Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumi, Helsinki, teemana “Kulttuuri matkailuviennissä”

2010 VI Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumi, Jyväskylä (Jyväskylän yliopisto), teemana “Matkailu riskiyhteiskunnassa”

2009 V Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumi, Savonlinna (Joensuun yliopisto)

2008 IV Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumi, Turku 2008 (Turun kauppakorkeakoulu)

2007 III Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumi, Kuopio 2007 (Savonia-ammattikorkeakoulu)

2006 II Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumi, Porvoo (Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulu)

2005 I Matkailu- ja vapaa-ajantutkimuksen symposiumi Vaasa (Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu)