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Friday, September 22, 2017

Agulu Lake

Agulu Lake known as Ezu in local parlance is one of the natural tourist attractions in Anambra state. It is located on the surface if the earth with Latitude 6.131000 and Longitude 7.028009. The Lake is less than 10km away from Awka, 19 km away from Nnewi, and 26km away from Onitsha (Odum, 2017). The Lake is reputed for its spiritual and therapeutic value to the people of Agulu and beyond. Crocodiles (Crocodylinae) in the Lake are totemic and form part of the attractive features of the lake. Although the crocodiles are not easily seen, the chief priest of the lake can call the crocodiles to appear for a visitor to see while one can easily see these crocodiles from 1pm-3pm when the sun is intense; while the water is believed to have potency in curing or expelling mermaid-spirit filled fellow (Ogbanje).
A visit to the Lake will show Idemili Cultural center, where different sculptures of beautiful mermaids, different scenes from the Bible, a chapel and mosque for worshippers. This built feature is owned by one of the chief priest associated with the Lake.
Plate 1: Agulu Lake

Plate 2: Agulu Lake bridge

Plate 3: A cultural center established at the bank of the Lake

Agulu Lake is believed to have saved Agulu people during the Nigeria-Biafra war. Currently, people see it as deity and seek different kinds of assistance from the Lake. It is worthy to mention that their different shrines associated with the Lake such as Ovuobu (Odum, 2017). Adherents of African Traditional Religion do not allow people to kill the crocodiles in the Lake.
Presently, the Lake has gotten the attention of Anambra State. A five- star hotel is under construction near the lake. Agulu Lake is not just one of the ecotourism attractions in the state but its proximity to the capital city and the semi-urban nature of the Agulu gives it a comparative advantage over other lakes.
Agulu Lake has the potential for boat riding, boat regatta, yachting, beautiful scenery for movie making, picnicking, etc.

Source: Odum C.J. 2017.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

PhD studentship in Tourism

Universidade Europeia and University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE) are pleased to announce a joint call for PhD studentships in Tourism Management.  The call opened September 18 and closes October 1, 2017
 
Please see the attached document for details.
 
Kind regards,
 
Valerie Sheppard, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, PhD in Tourism Management
School of Tourism, Sports & Hospitality
Universidade Europeia
Estrada da Correia, nº53
1500-210 Lisboa, Portugal
T. +351 210 309 999

The catalogue of Tourism Today

The catalogue of Tourism Today is now available for your reading pleasure.

Sharing economy: unravelling disruption, innovation and transformations in travel and tourism

Journal of Travel Research
Special issue on
Sharing economy: unravelling disruption, innovation and transformations in travel and tourism

Guest editors
Professor Marianna Sigala
University of South Australia, Australia
&
Dr Tom Chen
University of Newcastle, Australia

The scale and scope of the sharing economy continue to expand at exponential rates in all aspects of the tourism and travel industry including: accommodation; transportation; catering – food and beverage; travel guiding and tour operating. The sharing economy has elicited the industry to rethink its definition of tourism and the ways that people will travel and experience tourism in the future, paying particular attention to the broarder stakeholders’ experience in creating core business value. However, the sharing economy brings as many disruptions as it does disputes in the industry. On the one hand, the sharing economy is causing a plethora of disruptions and knock-on effects to entire economic value systems and the socio-economic fabric of economies. On the other hand, disputes among traditional business suppliers argue that the sharing economy bears no difference to a conventional exchange business model and simply offers ways of avoiding regulations, exploiting employees and deceiving customers under the guise of sharing. Nevertheless, more disruptive initiatives are thriving under the sharing economy than conventional business models and they continue to revolutionise the sector and transform tourism.

The sharing economy is widely viewed as a network of connected individuals, communities, and/or organisations, and create value through interaction and integrating idle resources, and revolutionises the customer’s role as a service provider for firms and other customers. The sharing economy has transformed the way tourists and travellers search, book, travel, experience and pay for their tourism and travel experiences. By empowering micro-entrepreneurship and a new breed of entrepreneurs and sub-economies supporting the former, the sharing economy is also causing disruptive changes in living and employment patterns, entrepreneurial opportunities, competitive forces and the structure of economic systems, quality of life and the well-being of citizens and destination communities.

Previous research about the sharing economy in tourism and travel has focused on studying the platform (its business models and functionality), the exchanging actors (e.g. motivations and benefits sought by hosts and guests) as well as the socio-economic and legal impacts of the sharing exchanges on tourism destinations. However, the sharing economy should not only be viewed as a complementary and disruptive new experience and offering in tourism and travel. Future research is needed to also study this new type of micro-entrepreneur and the sub-economies emerging from sharing ecosystems, and their implications on the structure, the operations and the socio-cultural fabric of the economies. Further, competition amongst sharing economy operators provide future business challenges that spark new theories and future research. Hence, there are still many issues and questions that the research has not yet addressed, such as:
·        Whether and how the sharing economy is introducing disruption and innovation in the traditional economy and/or whether the two economies are merging and blurring;
·        The ways traditional companies should respond to such disruptions and better design their business models;
·        The transformational processes and implications of the sharing economy in converting and empowering citizens to become from full-time workers to lifestyle micro-entrepreneurs
·        Does this new form of micro-entrepreneurship in the sharing economy require new entrepreneurial and business skills, new labour and business legislation, and what are they?
·        How does micro-entrepreneurship impact the lives of individual people, their families and their communities?
·        How should educational providers and policy makers respond to such trends?
·        Does the sharing economy create any ethical and/or legal implications such as discrimination, trust, empowerment of female and under-employed people?
·        Whether and how the sharing economy is transforming the profile, preferences and expectations of travel and tourism demand

In this vein, this special issue aims to contribute to our understanding of the evolution, the disruptions innovations, and solutions to disputes caused by the sharing economy in tourism and travel by paying attention to: all the stakeholders being involved and/or affected by the sharing economy; and all the economic, socio-cultural and legal implications of the stakeholders’ social practices. Special interest will be given to the continuously evolving but often ignored role of micro-entrepreneurs in sharing ecosystems, as well as on the impacts of the sharing economy on well-being, employment patterns, entrepreneurial opportunities and the socio-cultural fabric of economies. The special issue welcomes theoretical, empirical, experimental, and case study research contributions. All contributions should clearly address the practical and theoretical implications of the research reported.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
·        Entrepreneurship in the sharing economy
·        Impacts of entrepreneurship on economic and socio-cultural issues such as: employment patterns; capital funding; well-being and quality of life; communities’ coherence, values and systems;
·        Disruptions in the value chain and systems in tourism and travel
·        Business models in the sharing and traditional economy
·        Educational needs and skills for the sharing economy
·        Policy making implications of the sharing economy
·        Innovation in the sharing economy
·        Tourism and travel demand in the sharing economy
·        Ethical and legal issues in the sharing economy

 

References
Badger, A. (2013) The Rise of Invisible Work: Companies like Airbnb and Etsy are redefining what it means to have a "job." Is that good for the economy?.  http://www.citylab.com/work/2013/10/rise-invisible-work/7412/
Botsman, R. (2014). Sharing is not just for startups. Harvard Business Review, 92(3): 23–26.
Botsman, R., & Rogers, R. (2011). What’s mine is yours: How collaborative consumption is changing the way we live. New York: Harper Collins.
Burgelman, R. A., Maidique, M. A., & Wheelwright, S. C. (2001). Strategic management of technology and innovation (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.
Burtch, G., Carnahan, S. & Greenwood, B. (2016). Can you gig it? An empirical examination of the gig-economy and entrepreneurial activity. Ross School of Business Working Paper, working paper No. 138
Dredge, D., & Gyimóthy, S. (2015). The collaborative economy and tourism: Critical perspectives, questionable claims and silenced voices. Tourism Recreation Research, 40(3): 286-302.
Edelman, B. & Luca, M. (2014). Digital discrimination: The case of Airbnb. Com. Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper (14-054).
Edelman, B. G., & Geradin, D. (2015). Efficiencies and regulatory shortcuts: How should we regulate companies like Airbnb and Uber?. Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper, 16-26.
Ert, E., Fleischer, A., & Magen, N. (2015)Trust and reputation in the sharing economy: The role of personal photos on Airbnb. Tourism Management, 55: 62-73.
Figueiredo, B., & Scaraboto, D. (2016). The Systemic Creation of Value Through Circulation in Collaborative Consumer Networks. Journal of Consumer Research, 43(4): 509-533.
Hall, J.V. & Krueger, A.B. (2015). An Analysis of the Labor Market for Uber’s Driver-Partners in the United States. Mimeo
Hill, D. (2015). How much is your spare room worth?. IEEE Spectrum52(9): 32-58.
Ikkala, T. (2014). Monetary network hospitality and sociability: A study of hospitality exchange in the context of Airbnb. (Master Thesis). [30/09/2015] https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/135408
Ikkala, T., & Lampinen, A. (2014). Defining the price of hospitality: Networked hospitality exchange via Airbnb. In Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work &Social Computing, pp. 173 – 176
Lee, D. (2016). How Airbnb Short-Term Rentals Exacerbate Los Angeles's Affordable Housing Crisis: Analysis and Policy Recommendations. Harvard Law & Policy Review, 10: 229-255.
Lee, D., Hyun, W., Ryu, J., Lee, W. J., Rhee, W., & Suh, B. (2015). An Analysis of Social Features Associated with Room Sales of Airbnb. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (pp. 219 – 222) ACM
Möhlmann, M. (2015). Collaborative consumption: determinants of satisfaction and the likelihood of using a sharing economy option again. Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 14(3): 193-207.
Scaraboto, D. (2015). Selling, sharing, and everything in between: The hybrid economies of collaborative networks. Journal of Consumer Research, 42(1): 152-176.
Sigala, M. (2014). Collaborative commerce in tourism: implications for research and industry. Current Issues in Tourism, 1 – 10
Sigala, M. (2017). The commercialization of the sharing economy: an investigation of the sub-economies of Airbnb. CAUTHE 2017 conference “Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow organized by the University of Otago, 7-10 February 2017, Dunedin, New Zealand
Tussyadiah, I. P., & Pesonen, J. (2015). Impacts of peer-to-peer accommodation use on travel patterns. Journal of Travel Research, 1-19.
Tussyadiah, I. P., & Pesonen, J. (2016). Drivers and barriers of peer-to-peer accommodation stay–an exploratory study with American and Finnish travellers. Current Issues in Tourism (1368-3500), 1-18.

Review Process
Each paper submitted to this special issue is subject to the standard review procedures and rules of JTR, i.e.:
·        3 reviewers will be selected for a double-blind review process.
·        Based on the reviewers’ recommendation, the guest editors and the Editor-in-Chief will decide whether the particular submission should be accepted as it is, revised and re-submitted, or rejected.

Key Dates
Deadline for submitting the full papers: 31st of December 2017
Special issue expected publication date:
accepted papers will first be formally published online shortly after acceptance
publication of printed special issue: late 2018  or early 2019

Submission guidelines:
All papers should follow the submission guidelines of the JTR.
All papers will be assessed and reviewed according to the JTR review policies.

When submitting online, please include and state in your cover letter that the paper submission is for the special issue in the “sharing economy”

General submission guidelines for authors can also be found in below link:

Please submit your manuscript by using the journal’s online submission platform:



Marianna Sigala
Marianna Sigala |Professor of Tourism |Director of the Centre for Tourism and Leisure Management (CTLM)
School of Management, University of South Australia Business School  EQUIS Accredited |
' + 61 8 8302 0353   | 7 + 61 8 8302 0512  | * marianna.sigala@unisa.edu.au

Co-Editor of Journal of Service Theory & Practice (formerly published as Managing Service Quality (MSQ)
Regional Editor of Australasia for the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Books' Review Editor of Tourismos Journal

Co-Chair of the ENTER 2018
ENTER 2018@Jönköping http://enter2018.org/
Looking forward to seeing you !
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Tourism Migration and issue of social sustainability

CFP: Nexus of Migration and Tourism: Creating Social Sustainability
ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference 2018
Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao 27-29 March, 2018
Deadline for Abstracts: 1 December 2017
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The Asia Pacific region has seen the fastest growing tourism development in the world. Despite rapid tourism economic development, and research into labour and employment such as economics and employment issues, research hasn’t caught up to the rapidly changing issues, such as tourism linked migration and social and cultural aspects of sustainability. Thus, we invite you to discuss, reflect and develop upon issues pertaining to sustainability and the nexus of migration and tourism. We are particularly interested in the complexities of trends, issues, challenges and opportunities around migration linked tourism, which remains a relatively minor part in academic research. While large numbers of migrant workers move to ‘new’ tourist destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Dubai for employment, issues pertaining to social sustainability (e.g., well-being, quality of life, integration, the distribution of power and resources, employment, education, the provision of basic infrastructure and services, freedom, justice, access to influential decision-making) have yet to be fully developed within tourism research.
We are extremely excited to hold this conference in Macao, which is marked as a global tourist city. A one hour ferry away from Hong Kong, it has seen rapid tourism economic development through gaming tourism. With 50% of its labour force, migrants, Macao’s fascinating mixed Chinese, Portuguese and international culture makes it the perfect location to present papers related to tourism mobilities, migration, social sustainability and future directions. We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, cultural/human geography, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, economics, border studies, leisure studies, tourism studies and hospitality/event management. We invite you to submit papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):
– (Re)definitions of social sustainability
– Equitable access and the sustainability of the community
– Creating socially sustainable communities
– Migrant quality of life/ community well-being in tourist destinations
– Migrant tourism workers’ integration & inclusion
– Migration and tourist community formation
– Conflicts between/intersection of tourists, local residents and migrant workers
– Tourism (im)mobilities, ethics, morals and (in)justice
– Tourism mobilities and border crossings
– Human security, transnationalization and citizenship
– Borders, spatial socialization and subjectification
– Social networks, borders and the allure of tourist destinations
– Gender and mobility in tourism
– Intersectionality, gender and race
– Roles of religion in tourism migration and mobilities
– Religious and spiritual mobilities and tourism
– Migrant leisure spaces, constraints and opportunities
– Academic mobilities
– Social sustainability in ASEAN tourism development
– Social sustainability and future directions
– Island tourism
– Destinations resilience
– Effect of Brexit and Trump on tourism and migration
Scientific Committee:
Leonardo Anthony Najarro Dioko (Don), Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao
Kevin Hannam, Middlesex University Dubai
Michael Hitchcock, Goldsmiths, University of London
Johan Lindquist, Stockholm University, Sweden
Peter Lugosi, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Sabine Marschall, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Marina Novelli, University of Brighton, UK
Michael O’ Regan, Bournemouth University, UK
Chin Ee Ong, National University of Singapore
Cody Paris, Middlesex University Dubai
Ploysri Porananond, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Matthew Yap, University of Macau
Chair: Jaeyeon Choe (Centre for Events, Leisure, Society & Culture, Bournemouth University, UK)
Co-chair: Ubaldino Couto (Event Management, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao)
Submission Deadlines: 500 words abstract due 1 December 2017
Confirmation of acceptance: 15 December 2017
Please send your abstracts including your academic affiliation to Leontine Onderwater (admin@atlas-euro.org).
More updates and registration details will soon be here: http://www.atlas-euro.org/Default.aspx?TabID=285
Venue: Institute for Tourism Studies Macao, New Taipa Campus
How to get there:
If you are flying from outside Asia: travel to Hong Kong Airport and take a ferry to Taipa, Macao.
If you are traveling within Asia: you can travel to Macao International Airport.
The venue is only 20 mins away from both Macao Airport and Taipa Ferry Terminal by taxi.
Accommodation:
5 minute-walk: Regency Hotel (http://www.regencyarthotel.com.mo/)
10 minute-walk: Altira Hotel (https://www.altiramacau.com/)
10 minutes by bus: Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central (https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/macau/mfmma/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-HI-_-MO-_-MFMMA)

Opportunity in Penn State University

We in OTTOURISM are happy to inform you about the following opportunity
Good luck!
Join an engaged, productive and collegial group whose mission is to transform human health and wellbeing through research, teaching and service/outreach associated with recreation, park, tourism, and leisure activities and services.  The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM; http://www.hhd.psu.edu/rptm) at The Pennsylvania State University announces two tenure line openings (one as an assistant professor and one as assistant or associate professor) to begin fall 2018.  We seek energetic and collaborative colleagues who are passionate about their work with colleagues in the department, the College of Health and Human Development (http://www.hhd.psu.edu/), the University, and the profession. We will consider applicants whose research represents a wide range of thematic areas related to the mission of the Department and the College and who can effectively engage students through teaching, research, and service.  Applicants’ thematic areas could complement existing faculty strengths (e.g., commercial recreation and tourism, parks and protected areas, community recreation, experiential education, and health) or could represent new areas or perspectives to promote human development, health, and well-being, including innovative research and teaching methods.  Successful candidates will be expected to develop or continue an externally funded and focused line of high quality research; teach undergraduate and graduate courses; supervise undergraduate and graduate (M.S./Ph.D.) student research; forge interdisciplinary collaborations with Penn State faculty and external partners; and provide service to the department, college, and university, as well as to the profession.  Candidates must have an earned doctorate (or an earned doctorate by the date of appointment) in recreation, leisure studies, tourism, natural resource management, health and human development, or a related field; and evidence of an active and focused research program.  Preference will be given to individuals who have experience in the recreation, park, and/or tourism field, industry or agency relationships, a strong publication record, and whose research activities show evidence of external funding and innovation. Preferred candidates will also demonstrate a commitment to engaged learning practices both inside and outside the classroom; and the ability to build networks and work collaboratively with faculty in the department, college, and university, as well as external partners within the profession.  Review of applications will begin October 9th, 2017 and will continue until suitable candidates are found.  Informal inquiries or questions about the positions should be directed to Dr. Andrew J. Mowen at 814-865-2102 or amowen@psu.edu.  Please indicate “RPTM Assistant and Associate Professors search” in the subject line of the email correspondence.  To be considered for the positions, visit https://psu.jobs/job/74296 to apply. Candidates must complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter with a personal statement addressing interests and vision; a curriculum vitae, examples of scholarly publications (maximum of three), and the names and contact information for three professional references who may be contacted.
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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lecturing Opportunity

We are happy to inform you about.....this

Our colleagues from Nicosia, Cyprus at CASA COLLEGE, asked me to inform you that they look for potential lectures in the Field of Cruise Tourism to come and teach at their college on a short-term contract basis.
Following are the relevant course titles:
  1. Introduction to the Cruise Ship industry
  2. Safety, Security, Sanitation and Hygiene I, II
  3. Event Planning, Animation & Cruise Operation
  4. Case studies in Cruise Operations
  5. The Business & Management of Ocean Cruise Ships
Potential Lecturers must hold a PhD.
For further information please contact directly Mrs. Trisvei, Hotel Administration Program Coordinator at  info@casacollege.com or mariay@casacollege.com
Best regards,
Yoel

Professor Yoel Mansfeld (PhD) - HeadCenter for Tourism Pilgrimage & Recreation Research
Program LeaderM.A. in Tourism Planning & Development, Department of Geography &
Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, Israel. Email: yoel@geo.haifa.ac.il
Mobile: +972-54-3933083; Office: +972-4-8249606; Skype: yoelmansfeld; FB: Yoel Mansfeld

ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference 2018

CFP: Nexus of Migration and Tourism: Creating Social Sustainability
ATLAS Asia-Pacific Conference 2018
Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao 27-29 March, 2018
Deadline for Abstracts: 1 December 2017

Chair: Jaeyeon Choe (Centre for Events, Leisure, Society & Culture, Bournemouth University, UK)
Co-chair: Ubaldino Couto (Event Management, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao)


The Asia Pacific region has seen the fastest growing tourism development in the world. Despite rapid tourism economic development, and research into labour and employment such as economics and employment issues, research hasn’t caught up to the rapidly changing issues, such as tourism linked migration and social and cultural aspects of sustainability. Thus, we invite you to discuss, reflect and develop upon issues pertaining to sustainability and the nexus of migration and tourism. We are particularly interested in the complexities of trends, issues, challenges and opportunities around migration linked tourism, which remains a relatively minor part in academic research. While large numbers of migrant workers move to ‘new’ tourist destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Dubai for employment, issues pertaining to social sustainability (e.g., well-being, quality of life, integration, the distribution of power and resources, employment, education, the provision of basic infrastructure and services, freedom, justice, access to influential decision-making) have yet to be fully developed within tourism research.

We are extremely excited to hold this conference in Macao, which is marked as a global tourist city. A one hour ferry away from Hong Kong, it has seen rapid tourism economic development through gaming tourism. With 50% of its labour force, migrants, Macao's fascinating mixed Chinese, Portuguese and international culture makes it the perfect location to present papers related to tourism mobilities, migration, social sustainability and future directions. We invite contributions from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, cultural/human geography, sociology, psychology, cultural studies, economics, border studies, leisure studies, tourism studies and hospitality/event management. We invite you to submit papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):

- (Re)definitions of social sustainability
- Equitable access and the sustainability of the community
- Creating socially sustainable communities
- Migrant quality of life/ community well-being in tourist destinations
- Migrant tourism workers' integration & inclusion
- Migration and tourist community formation
- Conflicts between/intersection of tourists, local residents and migrant workers
- Tourism (im)mobilities, ethics, morals and (in)justice
- Tourism mobilities and border crossings
- Human security, transnationalization and citizenship
- Borders, spatial socialization and subjectification
- Social networks, borders and the allure of tourist destinations
- Gender and mobility in tourism
- Intersectionality, gender and race
- Roles of religion in tourism migration and mobilities
- Religious and spiritual mobilities and tourism
- Migrant leisure spaces, constraints and opportunities
- Academic mobilities
- Social sustainability in ASEAN tourism development
- Social sustainability and future directions
- Island tourism
- Destinations resilience

Scientific Committee:
Chin Ee Ong, National University of Singapore
Cody Paris, Middlesex University Dubai

Kevin Hannam,

Marina Novelli, University of Brighton, UK
Matthew Yap, University of Macau
Michael Hitchcock, Goldsmiths, University of London
Michael O’ Regan, Bournemouth University, UK
Ploysri Porananond, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Sabine Marschall, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


More updates and registration details will soon be here: http://www.atlas-euro.org/Default.aspx?TabID=285

Submission Deadlines:
500 words abstract due: 1 December 2016

Please send your abstracts including your academic affiliation to Leontine Onderwater (
admin@atlas-euro.org).


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Jaeyeon Choe, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Management
Bournemouth University, UK

Fellow, Royal Geographical Society