The annual research conference of ATLAS – the prestigious international tourism and education association – opens today at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. The conference assembles participants from 29 countries. This type of conference is organized in Latvia for the first time.
The conference will run for three days (September 21-23) and its theme is "Landscape and Tourism: the Dualistic Relationship". The conference is organized by the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) and ATLAS. The conference assembles participants from 29 countries of the world – Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as from the European countries – Belgium, Estonia, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and Great Britain.
The conference will focus on four main themes connected with landscape and tourism: sustainability and planning aspects, generating economic value, landscape and tourism in technological solutions as well as promote discussions about landscape symbols, portrayal and interpretation.
The annual conference is organized considering the successful experience from previous years. Conferences are held in various European countries. Last year the conference took place in Limassol (Cyprus), a year before in Aalborg (Denmark).
The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. ATLAS currently unites 288 organizations in more than 75 countries and is represented in all continents.