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Special track at ATLAS 2018 conference, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Following our innovation core values, AIRTH organizes diverse activities, found at this portal, and is involved in one main yearly event. In 2017, THE event was our founding conference.
This year, we were invited to collaborate with the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS). The "Destinations dynamics" ATLAS Annual Conference 2018 in Copenhagen (26 - 29 September) attracted more 150 participants. We were honored to provide a special AIRTH tourism innovation track, chaired by our co-founders Florian Zach and Dejan Krizaj. 
At the event, Dejan Krizaj also gave a keynote speech, covering innovation part and academia insights of the "Innovation and sustainability destination dynamics: pocket-sized country perspectives." The topic was enriched by another keynote, Misa Novak, Head of Strategic Projects at Slovenian Tourist Board, who presented national innovation&sustainability efforts and achievements of this pocket-sized country.
The two perspectives were broadened by other participants of the ATLAS conference's AIRTH track, presented below and in the attached pictures, addressing core issues and interdisciplinary relations of the tourism innovation challenges and opportunities. 
We are looking forward to further development of the topics and our next AIRTH 2019 event to be held in Innsbruck (Sep 12-14 2019).
Presentations held at the AIRTH tourism innovation track of the ATLAS 2019 conference (in the order of appearance):
  • Social sustainability gaps and tourism innovation potentials - Dejan Krizaj, Vinod Sasidharan (Slovenia, USA) 
  • Innovation in the space: an exploration of innovation which occurs outside the boundaries of organisations and networks in tourism destinations - Ziene Mottiar (Ireland) 
  • Ecosystem alliances as drivers of tourism destination dynamics in Western Peloponnese, Greece - Antonios Klidas, Georgios Papageorgiou (Greece) 
  • Conspicuous Non-Consumption in Tourism:  Non-Innovation or the Innovation of Nothing? - Elin Brandi Sørensen, Anne-Metter Hjalager (Denmark) 
  • Smart destinations - understanding aspects of smart destinations as complex and adaptive systems - Jennie Gelter (Sweden) 
  • Bridging the creative gap – Partnerships and innovation for tourism development - Florian Zach (USA) 
  • A space of multiplicity, heterogeneity and co-creation: developing an innovation arena for tourism - Eva Maria Jernsand (Sweden) 
  • Service Ecosystem Dynamics in Art Festivals: Towards Social Contact Typology - Kotaro Nakamura, Hideyuki Sakamoto, Dejan Krizaj (Japan, Slovenia) 
  • Students as gatekeepers in VFR travel:  an innovation opportunity for DMOs? - Birgit Pikkemaat, Ursula Scholl-Grissemann, Tanja Petry (Austria) 
  • Urban Tourism: Opportunities For Creative Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Tourism Development - Shirley Nieuwland, M. Lavanga (Netherlands) 
  • Development of a method for filtering information for tourists associated with their needs - Hisashi Masuda (Japan) 
  • Sustainable business and demography: Exploring critical links between gender youth and small-scale business development in fisheries and tourism in South Greenland - Lill Rastad Bjørst, Daniela Chimirri (Denmark) 
  • Making matter in the midst of things: On creativity, mess and methods for studying innovations - Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, Carina Ren (Iceland) 
  • The impact of knowledge sources on the innovation of immigrants’ new firms: An application to the restaurant industry - Pedro Calero-Lemes , Desiderio J. García-Almeida  (Spain) 
  • Presence of service-driven market orientation; Innovative corporate culture - Magnus Asgeirsson  (Iceland) 
  • Fostering Innovation Processes Through 360-Degree Virtual Reality Collaboration - Lars Brehm, Dejan Krizaj, Petri Pohjola, Jessica Slamka (Germany, Slovenia, Finland) 
  • Living Lab Schorerpolder: participative research in developing new nature - Peter Kruizinga (Netherlands) 
  • Co-creating cultural tourism experience in social entrepreneurship context - Ivana Stevic, Zélia Breda (Portugal) 






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