What do conferences do? What is academics’ intangible return on investment (ROI) from attending an academic tourism conference?

Johan R. Edelheim, Kimberly Thomas, Kajsa G. Åberg, Giang Phi

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Abstract

Conferences are funny events. They are self-evident elements of our lives as academics: meetings that occur, often annually; take place in various locations; and involve (hopefully) like-minded people, aiming to share their latest research findings. Conferences are actually so self-evident that very little research exists analysing what takes place at conferences, why people attend them in the first place, and essentially what the conference does to delegates as participants. This article is, on one hand, a reflective report from an academic conference: TEFI 9—Celebrating the Disruptive Power of Caring in Tourism Education. But it is also simultaneously an analysis of the implicit and explicit rationale and return on investment for attending academic conferences, in the words of three, at that time, PhD candidate rapporteurs and one professor rapporteur, who acts as this article’s narrator.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-107
Number of pages14
Journal Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2017
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Academic conference
  • tourism conference
  • ontology
  • emotion
  • care
  • ROI

Field of science

  • Tourism research

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