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Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures Conference 2017

From 18 to 20 October 2017


The Themes of the Conference
The three broad themes of the conference are: Resources, Practices and Outcomes.  Abstracts will be accepted focused on one of the three themes.

  • The Resources theme focuses on the cultural, natural, political and economic capital that generates and sustains the wine and food tourism industry including landscape, ecology, tradition and traditional knowledge of food and wine systems.
  • The Practices theme considers service design, fair labour, delivery, incubators, innovation and diversification of the industries and education for transformation or teaching with terroir.
  • The Outcomes theme draws on ideas about the impacts, potentials and realised transformations brought on by wine and food tourism using global examples of the impact of food and wine tourism on the rural experience economy; the rural renaissance and regional economic development; product and market development; sustainable practices, food and environmental security.

Opportunities of Publication
Expected outcomes include identification of key areas of potential for transformative wine and culinary tourism and a global compilation of existing successful practices and avenues for future research. The outcomes include dissemination in a peer reviewed conference proceedings and a special edition of the journal Tourism Analysis.

Important Dates
Early Bird Registration opens March 1st
Abstract deadline March 30th
Abstract response April 30th
Early Bird Registration closes June 15th
Full papers August 15th
Registration closes September 1st

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
John Overton, Leading Scholar in Wine, Place and Capital, New Zealand
Baronessa Caterina de Renzis Sonnino, Proprietor, Castello Sonnino Educational, and Wine and Culinary Branding Expert, Italy
Greg Jones, Leading Viticultural Climatologist, USA
Nick Cradock Henry, Senior Reseracher Social Science, Landcare New Zealand
Marsha Walden, Chief Executive Officer, Destination BC, Canada

Scientific Committee
Dr. Donna Senese, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Community Culture and Global Studies, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada
Dr. John S. Hull, Associate Professor, Tourism Management, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
Dr. Byron Marlowe, Carson College of Business, Washington State University, USA
Jonathan Rouse, Associate Dean, Okanagan School of Business and Director of Food, Wine and Tourism, Okanagan College, Canada
Dr. Kellee Caton, Associate Professor, Tourism Management, Thompson Rivers University, Canada
Dr. Colleen Hiner, Assistant Professor, Texas State University, USA
Dr. Filippo Randelli, Associate Professor, Department of Science for Economics and Business, University of Florence, Italy
Dr. Axel Dreyer, Professor, Tourism Management and Marketing, Harz University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Dr. Julie McIntyre, Research Fellow, Vines, Wine and Identity, University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr. Donna Sears, Associate Professor, Manning School of Business, Acadia University, Canada

Abstract Requirements

The abstracts should link to one of the three conference themes and include the following information:  Title, Author, Affiliation, Email, 3 keywords, 300 word abstract.  The 300 word abstract should be organized as follows:  Introduction, key research question, methods, results, impact.

Questions regarding any aspect of the conference should be directed to the following email:  wineculinarytourismfutures@gmail.com


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