ATLAS SIG Meeting and Conference: Heritage Tourism and Education

Integrating Cultural and Natural Heritage in Urban Tourism: Innovations, Discourses and Collaborations

Institute for Tourism Studies
Macao SAR, China . 21-22 November 2019

The world we live in is rapidly urbanising, and cities are amongst the most toured destinations. While much is said about a host of pressing issues concerning urban developments in general, less is said and known about the ways in which tourism in urban places feature (or not) in innovations, discourses and collaborations concerning the development of our urban worlds. International, domestic, mass and niche tourism all happen within urban spaces and often involve diverse arrays of cultural and natural heritage resources. City planners and developers, have, in recent years, implemented more green developments and policies and appear to show more interest in the cultural heritage of our urban spaces. The discourses concerning both cultural and natural heritage are converging towards a mutual recognition of the symbiotic relation between the two, while tourism scholars have begun to interrogate the role of the urban within tourism experiences, management and development (see, for example, the 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism in 2018).

In this special interest group meeting (conducted in an academic workshop style), we are concerned with the existing and possible ways in which cultural and natural heritage align with tourism in urban spaces. Such an interest is built on both the existence and growth of urban tourism and an emerging scholarly conversation on the integration of cultural and natural elements in heritage management (for example, Muzaini, Connelly & Lam-Knott, 2019 and the forthcoming special track on Integrating Cultural and Natural Heritage at the ATLAS Annual Conference 2019).

We provide a list of possible topics below, but this should not be seen as an exhaustive or exclusive list. We are keen to include papers which speak to the general theme but which may not have been captured in the list of topics.

Key Topics

  • Theories and practices of integrating cultural and natural heritage within urban spaces
  • Urban heritage and tourism: opportunities and threats
  • Urban heritage, urban tourism and urban development
  • Urban tourism and heritage in China’s Greater Bay Area
  • Cultural and/or natural heritage in cities
  • Culture-natures, human/non-human and/or rural-urban relations
  • Heritage mobilities of cities
  • Heritage futures of/for cities
  • Education and training for cultural and natural heritage in cities
  • Tangible and intangible heritage in/of cities
  • Best practices in urban tourism and heritage management

Abstract Submission

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on: theoretical and empirical significance; methodological soundness; relevance to the theme of the conference and logical clarity. The official language of the conference is English.

Abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS by using this form before the 10th of September, 2019. Abstracts should have between 350-500 words. The title should be no more than 12 words. Authors should also indicate which conference topic their proposed paper relates to.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 10 September 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 September 2019
  • Full paper submission for inclusion in the conference proceedings: 20 October 2019

Publication Details

The organisers will seek to publish selected papers in a special issues of a journal, and for participants who wish for publication in conference proceedings, as ATLAS SIG conference proceedings published by ATLAS in the ATLAS Tourism and Leisure Review.

Conference Programme

Tentative Schedule

Thursday - 21 November 2019

  • 08:30-09:00 Registration
  • 09:00-09:20 Welcome address
  • 09:20-10:20 Keynote 1
  • 10:20-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-12:30 Paper presentations
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-15:30 Paper presentations
  • 15:30-16:00 Break
  • 16:00-17:00 Plenary
  • 17:00-17:15 Day conclusion
  • 19:00-21:00 Conference dinner

Friday - 22 November 2019

  • 09:00-09:20 Registration
  • 09:20-10:20 Keynote 2
  • 10:20-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-12:30 Paper presentations
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-15:30 Paper presentations
  • 15:30-16:00 Break
  • 16:00-17:00 Plenary
  • 17:00-17:15 Conference conclusion

Saturday - 23 November 2019

  • Various timings
  • Optional fieldtrips, with additional fees to be confirmed
  • More information soon

Optional Study Visits

Cultural Heritage visit of the Historic Centre of Macao. More information will follow shortly.


Conference Packages

The Conference fee will cover the following:

  • Access to all conference sessions and events
  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Conference dinner
ATLAS Members Non-Members
Registration before 20 October €175 €225
Registration after 20 October €225 €275

Cancellation Policy

If written cancellation is received before the 1st of November 2019, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of €50. No refund will be possible after 1st of November 2019, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


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About The Venue

Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), Taipa Campus

Macao SAR, China


Recommended hotel: East Asia Hall, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao. It is located within a 5-minute walking distance from the conference venue. No meal options are available.

  • Single room with shared toilet - MOP300 (~33€) per night
  • Suite (one queen bed with a separate living space) - MOP400 (~€44) per night

Note: First-come-first-served. A limited number of rooms are available.

Furthermore there are many budget to 5-star accommodations options in Macao. Conference participants may book with them directly. More information on accommodation in Macao can be found at the Macao tourism department’s website.

Arriving and Transportation

Macao is easily accessible through Macao International Airport and ferries or buses from Hong Kong International Airport. Details of travel options, including entry requirements and local information, can be found at the Macao tourism department’s website.