World Luxury Destinations 2018: Defining Luxury, Creating Experiences

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2018 to March 3, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, Public Policy, Social Sciences

Call for Papers

The world is undergoing tremendous economic changes and shifts in wealth, consumption, and the imagination of a “good life”. Political leaders in China and India have instituted market reforms that have contributed to rapidly increasing personal wealth and spending on luxury items and travel. Many of the cities in the United States and Europe compete to maintain their primacy as world class destinations for both local and international tourists. Since the 1990s, Asia and the Middle East have also taken similar directions albeit with different cultural characteristics and expectations.

Depending on the luxury travellers’ tastes and interests, destinations with ice pods in the Arctic circle or a remote but modern lodge in the Australian desert can be an attraction. These types of tourism attractions transformed into luxury style travel, reflects changes in luxury travel patterns and tastes.

To capture these contours of change and dynamism in the luxury travel industry, destinations have to ensure that the plush and posh images and iconic attractions are in sync with travellers’ expectations, whether they are seeking the comforts of luxury or an experience of the charming wild and rustic. Furthermore, the political, social and economic impact of tourism development on destination communities must be taken into account in order to fully understand the global reach of luxury travel and its discourses.

The conference is an excellent platform for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, research findings, seek collaborations and advances in knowledge on the subject. The first two days 1-2 March 2018, will focus on academic research presentations and on the third day, 3 March 2018, the focus shifts to industry policies and practices.

Topics of interest

The Scientific Committee encourages submissions from a wide spectrum that articulates conceptual, theoretical, case studies, applied and empirical findings that contribute to our understanding of luxury destinations. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Imaginations and Ideas: What Makes a Luxury Destination?
  • The Expectations of High End Travellers: Perspectives from Hosts and Guests
  • Marketing the “Luxury” Experience
  • Is there “Global” Luxury? Comparative Analyses of Luxury Destinations
  • Service Standards and travel experiences for luxury travellers
  • Tourism Organizations, policy and planning
  • Village Tourism in the midst of Urban Elites
  • New & Old Luxury Destinations of the World
  • Artificial and Natural Luxury Destinations
  • Postcards, Marketing, and the Representation of Luxury Destinations
  • Regeneration of a destination through “high end” development
  • Realities and Responsibilities: What do people actually do in a luxury destination?

Abstracts can be submitted to:

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:            19 August 2017, Saturday

Author Notification:                               02 September 2017, Saturday

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Regisrtration: Ms. Trina, Step-Up International Inc.

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