10th International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennal Conference - Call for Papers

It is with pleasure and enthusiasm that we extend a warm invitation to the forthcoming 10th International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennial Conference, a distinguished gathering that will convene in the charming capital of Latvia, Riga. As the third-largest city in Northern Europe, Riga provides an enchanting backdrop for the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and insights in the dynamic field of tourism. 

Hosted by the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia, this milestone event is scheduled to take place from the 17th to the 20th of September 2024. The conference will serve as a nexus for academia, industry professionals, and researchers to explore and deliberate upon pivotal themes shaping the contemporary tourism landscape. The overarching theme of the conference is intricately woven around three key dimensions:  

  • safety and security,  
  • changes in traveler behavior, and  
  • the imperative of circularity in tourism.  

These critical facets demand concerted attention from educators, researchers, and industry practitioners alike. Through collaborative efforts, we aim to bridge the existing gaps in tourism knowledge and practice, propelling us toward a future marked by Sustainable, Smart, and Secure tourism and hospitality. In alignment with this vision, the conference is aptly titled “Bridging the Gaps in Tourism Knowledge and Practice: The Future of Sustainable, Smart, and Secure Tourism and Hospitality (Future 3Ss for Tourism).” 

Stay tuned for forthcoming announcements!

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ITSA 2024 Conference Call for Papers



Doctoral Breakfast Talks No. 7

Speaker: Mario Boot, 4th year PhD candidate at the University of Twente in the Netherlands
Topic: PhD studies in the Netherlands
Language: English

When: 23 May 2024 at 9:00-9:45
Where: Microsoft Teams meeting
To join the meeting, click here
Meeting ID: 343 667 653 820
Access code: QRhuqW

Personal experience of being a PhD candidate in the Netherlands, PhD network P-Nut (, research on digital technology for bicycles, and cycling in the Netherlands.

20 minutes of inspirational speech, then questions, discussion, free microphone. The meeting duration is 45 minutes.
Once a month on Thursdays: 23 May 2024 (the final meeting of the academic year 2023/2024)

Project BALTIC100 Results Presentation

On April 11th, a public event to present the results of the research project will take place at the EU House (28 Aspazijas Boulevard, Riga) from 14:00 to 16:00. Gatis Krūmiņš, Kaspars Osis (Associate Professor at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences), and Adomas Klimantas (Vilnius and Oxford University) will present the main results of the research work and the database created, followed by a panel discussion (participants: Viktors Valainis (Minister of Economics), Egils Levits (former President of the country), Ojārs Kehris (President of the Association of Economists and former Minister of Economics), Adomas Klimantas (PhD candidate at Oxford University), and Ola Honningdal Grytten (Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics); moderator – Pauls Raudseps).

The project "Quantitative Data on Social and Economic Transformations in Three Baltic States Regions Over the Past Hundred Years for the Analysis of Historical Transformations and Overcoming Future Challenges" (No. EEA-RESEARCH-174, 2021-2024) is one of the projects of the Baltic Research Program financially supported by the European Economic Area (EEA) grants.

The event will take place within the framework of the international scientific conference of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGIES. SOLUTIONS, and will be broadcasted live.

Scientific Conference of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences "SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGIES. SOLUTIONS."

On April 11th, 2024, data on the historical GDP of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia over a period of 100 years starting from 1920, will be made public for the first time in the framework of the annual scientific conference of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences "SOCIETY. TECHNOLOGIES. SOLUTIONS."


Conference Programme


Discussion Laboratory "Media Literacy and Human Cognition in the Era of Artificial Intelligence"

In order to improve the public's understanding of the cognitive processes related to media literacy and how artificial intelligence and modern technologies affect the creation and consumption of media content, an international negotiation laboratory will be held in Valmiera on December 12, organized by the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the UNESCO National Commission and support Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

It will be the first interdisciplinary event of such branches in Latvia, which will bring together experts and practitioners in the field of neurocognitive and communication research from Latvia, Sweden, Great Britain, Estonia, Lithuania, Morocco, promoting the exchange of quality information and stimulating professional discussion.

Rector of Vidzeme University Agnese Dāvidsone:

"Media literacy in society cannot be improved by only appealing to the rational mind of a person. It is very important to understand what processes occur in the brain when potentially exposed to misinformation, to understand a large number of different factors, about which neuroscientists and psychologists have accumulated extensive knowledge. Therefore, as media literacy researchers and also media literacy educators, we understand that much closer cooperation between researchers in these branches of science is necessary so that we can more successfully implement our task - to promote the media literacy of the Latvian society. At Vidzeme University, we have been working with media literacy issues since 2016, so we have accumulated enough experience to be able to share our knowledge and create a platform for interdisciplinary discussions, which will lead to closer cooperation between researchers and practitioners on a national and international scale."

In the conversation laboratory, it will be possible to listen to stories about how the perception of disinformation is affected by artificial intelligence, how the cognitive aspects of media literacy are affected from a psychological point of view. There will be an opportunity to hear practical stories, as well as participate in a high-quality discussion, in which both experts and practitioners will participate. Kaspars Rūklis (Baltic Media Literacy Program "IREX") and Gunta Sloga (Baltic Media Excellence Center) will lead the discussions.

Andrejs Pildegovičs, ambassador for special tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia - head of the secretariat of Latvia's candidacy to the UN Security Council, states:

"Latvia, being a candidate for the UN Security Council in the 2025 elections (for work on the council in 2026-2027), is actively involved in the creation of UN information policy, paying special attention to combating disinformation and improving media literacy. In case of election, Latvia will put to use the considerable experience accumulated in such areas as media literacy, journalists' safety and media freedom, as well as the fight against disinformation. We hope that this event will strengthen Latvia's expertise in these areas."

We invite everyone who works with information gathering and processing, especially those working in the media and communication fields, to participate in the conversation laboratory. Also, this event will be useful for teachers, librarians, youth specialists working at various stages of education, representatives of non-governmental organizations engaged in strengthening media literacy, and teaching staff, researchers and students of higher education institutions.

The conversation laboratory will take place in person from 13.00 to 17.00 in Valmiera, Tērbatas Street 16A (in the premises of the "Wolmar" hotel), and will also be watched online. Translation into Latvian and English will be provided.

Participation in the event is free. But in order to plan the course of the event, we invite those interested to apply here:

Anyone interested will be able to follow the event live on "" and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences' Facebook and YouTube accounts.

It should be noted that from 2022, the UNESCO Department of Media and Information Literacy and Scientific Literacy will be operating at Vidzeme University, expanding opportunities for learning and researching these topics for both students and teaching staff.

Information prepared by:

Inese Paberza

Vidzeme University
Head of the Communication Group
Phone: 26418755



11th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas (MMV11)

MMV11 is hosted by Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Latvia Convention Bureau, Jūrmala City Council and Nature Conservation Agency. Main theme of the Conference: Behavioural changes of outdoor and landscape recreational consumption in Global Green Deal context.

Scheduled sessions of the conference:

  1. Monitoring and management of visitors: lessons learned. Management practices of co-management in recreation areas: the empowerment of communities for pro-nature initiatives.

  2. Management of natural recreational resources within the framework of the climate, environmental and social crisis: the need for the economic transformation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing development.

  3. Behaviour of different visitor segments outdoors, current trends, the need for a change, discoveries of new consumption patterns.

  4. Outdoor sport and recreational activities versus the goals of biodiversity conservation: the regulations and policies of nature protection and management.

  5. Managing the quality of traditional and contemporary landscapes & the context of rural-urban mobility, tourism and recreation infrastructure development.

  6. Global Green Deal and climate neutral economy for tourism and recreational industries.

  7. Carrying capacity of the environment, ecosystem services, society demand for emotional well-being connected to nature.

  8. Landscape diversity and the services of specially protected natural areas. Urbanization and consumption of outdoors and rural landscapes: the accessibility and quality of natural capital.

  9. Landscape quality monitoring and key performance indicators for the measure of progress, sustainable development. Landscapes of national importance and sustainable management practices and policies.

  10. Introduction of eco-innovations and technological advances in managing visitor flow in nature areas.

  11. Zoos As Conservation Parks: Reframing Visitor Management.

  12. Outdoor recreation advocacy as a social movement for sustainable development and change.

  13. Managing wildlife tourism.

  14. Outdoor recreation planning & management in protected areas, using the Conservation Standards.

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