ITSC 2018 (International Tourism Student Conference)

33rd International Tourism Student Conference
Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden: April 24-26, 2018
Red houses by the water

Conference Theme: "Limits to Growth – Challenges for the Tourism Industry"

Forty-five years after the initial publication of Limits to Growth, which challenged the way we understand development and its relation to the environment, the issue of limits continues to be relevant. Popular tourism destinations worldwide are facing problems managing tourism flows: 'overtourism' has debuted as a term, while upcoming destinations also need to address the challenge of limits and over-development.

According to UNWTO, international tourism arrivals grew by 6 % in the first six months of 2017 to pass beyond one billion - a growth exceeding any optimistic forecast. Existing tourist destinations, such as iconic tourist attractions, along with the emergence of new markets present challenges for the tourism industry. How is the tourism industry responding to this growth in tourism? How are destinations coping with it? How can we manage destinations in a sustainable manner with this ever-increasing number of tourists? How is the use of natural, social and cultural resources addressed by destinations and the tourism industry?

To these and many other questions regarding Limits to Growth within the tourism industry, students may contribute with their research. We hope both to receive contributions covering a wide variety of topics and issues related to the theme of the conference as well as to encourage students to examine this issue in-depth.

The overall aim of this ITSC theme is to provide a platform on which to discuss, evaluate and compare different approaches in Limits to Growth issue across a range of geographical contexts and from a variety of perspectives.

Students are expected to choose a subject within their local, regional or national context to be used as their case-study and then to collect primary data and address the issue of Limits to Growth. This can relate either to case studies that already face challenges of overgrowth or to destinations that are implementing precautionary measures as they address the issue of limits.

Contributions are expected to highlight the challenges for the industry and destinations; the problems; and the measures being taken. Contributors may adopt the destination perspective, the industry perspective or the tourists' perspective, and elaborate on and contribute to the topic.

The aim of ITSC is to encourage intercultural exchange between undergraduate tourism, hospitality and leisure students from different countries by way of the presentation of research projects and the sharing/discussion of results. More particularly, objectives are:

  • To provide an event for interaction and information exchange among students from different countries who are studying in the fields of tourism, hospitality management and leisure studies.
  • To create an opportunity for students to improve their skills in conducting research and presenting the findings of their research endeavours.
  • To familiarise students with academic and professional conference procedures and international networking.
  • A short descriptive abstract of the research paper should be sent as an e-mail attachment to and by the end of February 2018.
  • The final version of the research paper should be submitted in electronic format (pdf-file) as an e-mail attachment to and no later than March 31, 2018.

24 April




17.00 - 18.30 

Preliminary ITMN meeting


Welcome Reception/Opening

25 April

8.15 - 8.30 


8.30 - 9.00

Welcome speeches / Opening of the conference

9.00 - 10.00

Keynote speaker

10.00 - 11.00


11.00 - 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00

Presentations (+ ITMN meeting)

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 16.00


16.00 - 18.00

Market stalls



26 April

9.00 - 10.30 

Presentations (+ ITMN meeting)

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30


12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 15.00


15.00 - 17.00

Excursion to the World Heritage Site of the Copper Mountain in Falun


Gala dinner

27 April


Optional excursion/activities organised by DU students for the visiting students


Each delegation will give a 20-minute presentation of their paper to an audience consisting of all the student delegations and accompanying staff. A projector with a screen and sound system will be available, and students are encouraged to use audio-visual support in their presentations.

All papers will be reviewed by a panel consisting of experts from the academic field. The delegation with the best paper and the delegation with the best presentation will each receive an award during the gala dinner on the final evening of the conference.

There will also be a prize for the best market stall.

The 2018 edition of ITSC is being hosted by Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies. Dalarna University offers courses and programmes at two campuses, one in Falun and one in Borlänge. Although the department of tourism studies is located at Campus Borlänge, ITSC will be hosted at Campus Falun.

Dalarna University has been offering studies in tourism for more than 35 years. Currently, we offer a three-year undergraduate programme entitled International Tourism Management and a one-year master-level programme in Tourism Destination Development. We have a very strong international orientation and many of our staff members, as well as our student body, have an international background. The language of instruction for both programmes is English.

In 2016, the Centre for Tourism and Leisure Research (CeTLeR) was established to act as the bridge between academic and industry research collaborations. Funded by the European Union, the Regional Authority of Dalarna and Dalarna University, CeTLeR is an exciting initiative that intends both to play a key role in developing the tourism industry in Dalarna as well as to serve as a research hub for tourism in the region.

We have hosted ITSC before, namely in 2007, and we look forward to welcoming you in 2018 as well!

The International Tourism Student Conference (ITSC) started in 1986 as a link between the Tourism Department of the Université de Savoie's Management Institute (France) and Hochschule Heilbronn (Germany). The link was extended rapidly to include the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) and Bournemouth University (UK).

As the number of participating instituties extended to include universities outside Europe, the scale of the event became even larger and the title of the conference was modified to "International" in 1996. The main aim is still to maintain the spirit of togetherness and cohesion, which is relevant to small-scale and collaborating groups of students. Each ITSC event is unique and of great value for both students and universities.

We have booked triple rooms for students at Scandic Lugnet Hotel in Falun, which is very conveniently located just footsteps away from our conference venue and only a short walk to the town centre. Accommodation for students is included in the registration for students and they do not need to book separately.

For teachers we have secured a number of rooms at a very favourable rate (700 SEK for single occupancy including breakfast): this is not included in the conference fee. Teachers need to contact the hotel directly to make the reservation by e-mail:

Please note: You cannot do this on their online system; instead, you must email using the reference "ISTC" to receive the special rate. Please confirm your booking at the hotel at the latest by the end of March.

Alternatively, you might call them at +46 (23) 669 22 13 (during office hours). Still the reference is needed for you to get the special conference rate.

The conference venue is Dalarna University, Campus Falun, which is a short walk from Falun's town centre and close to the sporting and leisure facilities of Lugnet Arena.

The easiest way to get to Falun is to fly to Stockholm's Arlanda Airport and from there to take the train (train station Arlanda C in the airport) to Falun. The trip takes around 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes. We recommend that you book your train tickets in advance at SJ as train fare prices tend to get more expensive closer to the date of travel, while there is also a risk that the train will be full. This is the case for travel in both directions.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:

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