Mobilities Transforming Destinations
Urban and regional policies, digital regulatory mechanisms, and place prosperity and sustainability
A GRATET* international workshop supported by the POLITUR project (CSO2017-82156-R) with the collaboration of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Department of Tourism Innovation at Eurecat and the Regional Studies Association.
Rovira i Virgili University, Catalonia Vila-seca Campus, 25th-27stNovember2020
*Organised by the Research Group on Territorial Analysis and Tourism Studies (GRATET) of the Department of Geography, Faculty of Tourism and Geography, Rovira i Virgili University
Call for Papers
This GRATET International Workshop aims to discuss the ways in which tourism destinations can face transformations created by the multiple mobilities inherent in contemporary societies, as well as understanding how urban and regional policies and digital regulatory mechanisms can facilitate a path towards place prosperity and sustainability.
The event’s theme – Mobilities Transforming Destinations – has emerged from the POLITUR project according to which the diversification, intensification and transformation of the population mobility dynamics and, in particular, of tourism mobility and its impact on destinations, are leading to the gradual incorporation of spatial planning elements into destination planning, management and governance instruments. This new spatial dimension brings tourism management and governance into a new domain beyond traditional measures based on the attraction of visitors, promotion and valorisation of resources, products and experiences.
The workshop aims to discuss the new spatial strategies for managing tourism in destinations with a multi-scalar perspective, taking into account different geopolitical, economic and environmental contexts, and proposing as an information instrument the technological footprint of visitors going to and staying at the destination. Specifically, is the workshop will identify, understand and review the role of incorporating a renewed spatial dimension into the current tourism policies as a necessary and fundamental factor for improving destination prosperity and sustainability (environmental, economic and cultural). The meeting programme and contentare structured within four thematic areas:
* Analysis and representation of the complex relationships that are established between the multiple typologies of mobilities produced between and towards destinations with planning, urban design and social equity.
* Analysis of the role of networks of the geographical dimension of destinations into current tourism policies as a necessary factor for improving the place’s prosperity and sustainability (environmental, economic, social and cultural).
* Evaluation of and proposals forprescriptive systems, including digital fingerprints and other technological tools associated with tourism mobility to guide the implementation of regulatory mechanisms related to the tourist use of places.
* Identification and analysis of indicators and systems for evaluating the validity of the solutions discussed through collaborative research on mobilities.
Please note that the International Workshop will be held in face to face format in Vila-seca and Barcelona, duly applying all necessary safety and hygiene measures.
Within this context, the GRATET International Workshop welcomes paper presentations on the following topics:
- Evolutionary approaches to tourism development and policy
- Innovation, destination development and economic / spatial transformation processes
- Destination governance, digital and technological tools and sustainable and responsible public policies
- The role of moments in the evolution of mobilities and effects in destinations
- Between overtourism and undertourism: from analysis to solutions
- Regulatory approaches for tourism mobilities and practices
- Tourism as social innovation and transformative strategies
- The political economy of tourism, regional development and local regulations
- The role of tourism in urban and regional planning for development
- Politicising tourism mobilities and performances
- Smart destinations: between efficiency and social justice
- Reframing social impact in tourism research
Papers are also invited on any other aspect of tourism, planning, regulatory systems and mobilities.
Keynote invited presentations:
Professor Monica Degen, Brunel University London, England
Dr Monica Degen is a Reader in Cultural Sociology in the Political and Social Sciences Department at Brunel University London. Her research focuses on the politics of space with a particular interest in the ways sensory, temporal and emotional dimensions underpin urban culture and politics. Over the years she has been working on several international research projects with architects, local councils, museum curators and the general public to research the role of the senses in framing architectural practices, everyday life and culture in cities from Doha (Qatar) to Cologne, Barcelona and London. In 2016 she was awarded a British Academy Fellowship to research ‘Timescapes of Urban Change’. More recetntly she has been working on developing digital tools to capture the sense of place of cities and the ways in which urban environments are stratified by power relations, see www.sensorysmithfield.com & www.sensorycities.com. She has published her work extensive and is now working on a new book with Prof G.Rose (Oxford University) on digital cultures and urban experiences commissioned by Bloomsbury. Homepage: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/monica-degen
Professor Yang Yang, Temple University, United States
Dr Yang Yang is currently a tenured associate professor in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University (EEUU). He’s a Ph.D. in Geography, Master of Statistics, and M.A in Economics from University of Florida.
His research interests lie in tourism demand analysis, regional tourism growth, as well as hotel financial and real estate analysis. With a solid multi-disciplinary education background, he is able to thoroughly investigate research questions in the tourism and hospitality industry and offer unique insights and perspectives. He has published academic papers in top-tier tourism and hospitality journals. At the same time, he has accumulated abundant industrial experience from various consulting projects. He recently created a Covid19tourism index: www.covid19tourism.com
Abstracts (300 words maximum) should be submitted before 15th September 2020
Abstract decision notification: 30th September 2020
Abstracts (300 words maximum) should be submitted before10thJune2020
Acceptance abstracts 8th July 2020
The opening plenary session will take place on the late afternoon of Wednesday 25th November 2020 in Vila-seca, and it will close in the evening on Friday 27st October 2020 in Barcelona.
Please note that the workshop will be held in two different locations (Vila-seca and Barcelona). The transfers between the two places of the workshop will be provided by the organization.
The Vila-seca venue is located in one of the major tourist regions on the Mediterranean coast: the Costa Daurada, only 60 minutes away from Barcelona by train. Home to a number of major beach resorts (e.g. Salou, Cambrils, Vila-seca), historic cities (e.g. Tarragona, Reus, Tortosa), wine regions (e.g. Priorat, Montsant, Terra Alta, Tarragona, Penedès, Conca de Barberà), artistic heritage towns (linked to the lives of Picasso, Miró, Gaudí and Pau Casals) and natural parks (e.g. the Ebre River Delta, Montsant, Ports).
Abstract submission e-mail address: email@example.com
The registration form will soon be available to download from the workshop website (http://wwwa.fundacio.urv.cat/congressos/mobility-transforming-destinations/), along with details of how to pay the workshop fee, and tips for travel and accommodation.
15th September – New deadline for abstract submission
30th September – Notification of abstract acceptance
25th October – Deadline for Early Bird registration
25th October – Hotel reservation with workshop discount
Provisional Academic Programme
Chairs: Prof. Salvador Anton Clavé (URV), Prof. Antonio Paolo Russo (URV) and Dr. Julie Wilson (UOC)
DAY ONE (Vila-seca)
Wednesday 25thNovember 2020
Arrival and registration
Opening session and Welcome
Inaugural Keynote Presentation: Professor Monica Degen, Brunel University London, UK
Welcome drinks reception
DAY TWO (Vila-seca)
Thursday 26thNovember 2020
Keynote presentation: Professor Yang Yang, Temple University, USA
Bus departs to the city of Reus
Guided visit: Reus’s modernist heritage
Dinner at Reus
DAY THREE (Barcelona)
Friday 27thNovember 2017
Bus departs for the policy session in Barcelona
Workshop: “Barcelona’s tourism policy: between reforms and new challenges”.
This policy session will be dedicated to the evolution and future perspectives of tourism policy and governance in Barcelona, one of the most important destinations in Europe. In this city, tourism as an agent of transformation of the physical and social environment has become an increasingly controversial matter. At the same time, it can in many ways be considered a laboratory of universal value for places that need to tackle the problematic relationship between attractiveness and capacity to absorb tourism and related mobilities within a resilient urban fabric. The Barcelona policy session will include presentations of local experts, policymakers, practitioners and social actors, followed by a round table discussion and a co-creative debate with workshop participants.
Discussion, Wrap-up and Closing session
Bus departs for Vila-seca (via Barcelona airport for participants with return flights on Friday afternoon or evening).
OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY (Priorat)
Saturday 28st November 2017
STUDY VISIT TO THE PRIORAT AND MONTSANT WINE AREA (Organized by Eurecat)
This full-day visit to the Priorat County will provide participants with an opportunity to experience first-hand the landscape of an up-and-coming world-class wine destination, and to participate in talks given by local experts about the visions and realities of a rural region historically moulded by multiple mobilities. It includes visits to iconic heritage sites and to flagship wineries, and a lunch at a gourmet restaurant.
(Available at an additional cost of 75€)
The two first days of the workshop will take place at in the URV Faculty of Tourism and Geography premises in the town of Vila-seca, which is easily reached by train or bus from Tarragona, Reus and Barcelona. The last day will take place in Barcelona (venue TBC).
Accommodation in Vila-seca
In Vila-seca, a special discounted rate is available for participants at the following hotel:
Mercure Atenea Aventura 4* (C/ Ramón d’Olzina, 52 – Vila-seca).
Discounted accommodation rates:
Double room (including breakfast) €56.70 / per room per night
Double room – single use (including breakfast) €49.00 / per room per night
This special offer applies to reservations made before the 25th October 2020. Reservations made at this special rate cannot be modified or cancelled.
Please, note that the local tourism tax is not included in this rate. This should be paid directly at the hotel reception during your stay.
HOW TO RESERVE A ROOM: To reserve a room at these rates, participants should send an email quoting the code ‘RSA2020’ to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0034 977396278.
Travel to the workshop venue
The closest airport to the Costa Daurada is REUS, which is served principally by low cost airlines. BARCELONA EL PRAT airport is approximately 1 hour away and is also a good option.
About GRATET – Research Group on Socio-spatial Analysis and Tourism Studies
The research group on socio-spatial analysis and tourism studies (Grup de Recerca d’Anàlisi Territorial i EstudisTurístics – GRATET) at the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Tourism and Geography at the Rovira i Virgili University (http://www.urv.cat/dgeo/gratet/en_index.html) is a consolidated research group supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya (the Catalan Government) under the contract number 2017 SGR 22. The group’s research activities are centred on the spatial analysis of social and economic development processes and impacts of tourism. It is led by Dr. Salvador Anton Clavé.
Local organising committee:
Dr Trinitat Rovira – University Rovira i Virgili
Dr Cinta Sanz Ibáñez – University Rovira i Virgili
Dr Fiammetta Brandajs – University Rovira i Virgili
Dr Jon Olano Pozo – University Rovira i Virgili
Ms Meritxell Fuguet – Eurecat. Vila-seca
Mr Jordi Andreu – University Rovira i Virgili
Mr Antoni Domènech Montaña – University Rovira i Virgili
Ms M. Eugenia Altamirano – University Rovira i Virgili
Ms Alba Viana Lora – University Rovira i Virgili
Ms Alba Font Barnet – University Rovira i Virgili
Local scientific committee:
Professor Dr Salvador Anton Clavé (co-chair) – University Rovira i Virgili
Dr Julie Wilson (co-chair) – Open University of Catalonia (UOC)
Dr Antonio Paolo Russo (co-chair) – University Rovira i Virgili
Dr Marta Nel·lo Andreu – University Rovira i Virgili
Dr Òscar Saladié Borraz – University Rovira i Virgili
Dr Aaron Gutiérrez Palomero – University Rovira i Virgili