27. June 2023 – 28. June 2023 all-day Europe/Berlin Timezone
KU Leuven, Brussels Campus Odisee Building,
Warmoesberg 26
1000 Brussels
“International Conference  on Cultural Tourism Advances” @ KU Leuven, Brussels Campus Odisee Building,

While exact estimates are difficult to make, it has repeatedly been mentioned that approximately 40% of all European tourists make a destination choice based on the cultural offerings. This leads to significant economic effects and has further strengthened the view of cultural heritage as a strategic resource for its economic impact, but also for its role in creating and enhancing social capital and achieving the goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. At the same time, economic effects have been distributed unequally – often being more prevalent in urbanized areas – and the exponential growth of tourism (notwithstanding the dip during the Covid-19 pandemic) created issues of both over-and underexploitation.

The goal of this Conference is to further understanding of the sustainable development potential of cultural tourism by focusing on successful policy interventions, new cultural tourism trends, advances in visitor management systems, and new business and/or governance mode.

Expected contributions include technical papers (presenting recent advances on Cultural Tourism) and project papers (describing their major outcomes in the Cultural Tourism domain).

Topics (not restricted to):

  • cultural tourism policy
  • cultural tourism management and governance
  • dynamic visitor management systems
  • contribution to regional development and resilience
  •  transformative tourism
  • sustainable development indicators
  • forecasting; virtual museums
  • augmented reality and other digital visitor-centric tools
  •  digitization for preservation
  • public accessibility

Selected and presented papers are expected to be published by a Springer book reflecting the breakthroughs and future perspectives of Cultural Tourism.

Important Dates:

  • Submission: 14th April 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: 19th May 2023
  • Camera-ready for publication: 16th June 2023