10th ITSA Biennial Conference, 2024, Riga, Latvia, September 17-20, 2024


Prof. Agita Livina, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia (chair)

Dr. geogr. Andris Klepers, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia (co-chair)

Prof. Cinà Van Zyl, University of South Africa, South Africa

MA, PhD cand., Jona Heita, University of Namibia, Namibia

Prof. Alastair M. Morrison, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

Dr. Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar, Indian Institute of Management – Sirmaur, India

Dr. Mahendar Reddy Gaviniolla, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and National Tourism and Hospitality Management Institute, Hyderabad, India

Prof. Sampadakumar Swain, Pondicherry University, India

Dr. Manohar Sajnani, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Noida, India.

Dr. Lynn I-Ling Chen, National Pingtung University, Taiwan

MG, Javiera Ramírez Galindo, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile

PhD, Antti Roose, Tartu University, Pärnu College, Estonia

Dr. Darius Liutikas, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Lithuania

Dr. oec. Aija van der Steina, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia

Dr. oec. Dzintra Atstaja, Latvian Science Council, Latvia

Dr. oec. Ēriks Lingebērziņš, Turiba University, Latvia


Dr. Agita Līviņa, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (chair)

Dr. Andris Klepers, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (co-chair)

Irēna Riekstina, Convention Bureau of Latvia

Gaļina Bukovska, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and Investments and Tourism Agency of Riga

Zane Kudure, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Līga Cvetkova, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Iveta Auniņa, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Event production PCO Con-ex Latvia Tours

International Tourism Studies Association

ITSA is uniquely devoted to scholarly exchange between researchers and practitioners focusing on the growth of tourism worldwide, especially in Asia. Founded in 2006 in Hangzhou, China, ITSA now has an office in London.

Our organization is committed to developing a global tourism leadership forum that facilitates improvements in global hospitality and tourism.

ITSA is unique among international associations of tourism scholars and practitioners. It has the mission to encourage interaction and cooperation between members in developing and developed countries.

International Journal of Tourism Cities

International Journal of Tourism Cities is the only academic journal exclusively dedicated to urban tourism research. A peer-reviewed journal, IJTC provides an international forum for the study of urban tourism and tourism cities. The journal aims to be inter-disciplinary in its appreciation of tourism cities and tourism in urban areas.

Aims and scope

International Journal of Tourism Cities (IJTC) welcomes original, theoretically-informed articles from those involved in the planning, management or marketing of tourism in city destination or places adjoining urban areas.

Urban tourism and travel cover many disciplines and impinge on numerous aspects of daily life within cities. Moreover, they play a key role in domestic and international tourism in most countries, and cities often function as key travel gateways and tourism destinations.

IJTC contents include primary research articles, expert discussions on current urban tourism issues, and tourism city case studies. Articles are selected that are relevant to both academics and practitioners. The journal particularly encourages contributions on contemporary topics and issues in urban tourism including smart cities and tourism, environmental impact and sustainable tourism development in cities, citizen and stakeholder involvement in tourism, city destination governance, and the development of policies and standards for city tourism development.

IJTC has four distinct purposes:

  1. To encourage greater research and scholarship related to tourism in urban settings.
  2. To stimulate more interdisciplinary research on tourism in cities, particularly the integration of tourism and urban studies theories and principles.
  3. To generate more research studies on tourism at the edge of cities, where urban and rural areas converge.
  4. To create more literature on best practices in city tourism worldwide through in-depth analyses and the production of exemplary case studies.

IJTC is the official journal of the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA). ITSA’s main objective is to bridge the gaps in tourism studies and research, education, and training between developed and developing countries. The Association is registered in the United Kingdom, and has an office located at the University of Greenwich in London. The overall purpose of the International Journal of Tourism Cities is to fill these gaps in the tourism research literature from multidisciplinary perspectives.

IJTC is a multidisciplinary journal that focuses on all aspects of tourism within cities. The major disciplines and themes are as follows:

  • Anthropology and other social sciences
  • Architecture and landscape architecture
  • City tourism governance, coordination and organisation
  • Consumer behaviour in urban contexts
  • Culture and heritage
  • Economic impacts of tourism on urban areas
  • Environment, climate change and urban sustainable tourism development
  • Events and cities
  • Geographic studies, physical and human
  • Impacts of urban tourism activity on city residents
  • Marketing and branding of city tourism destinations
  • Politics and tourism in cities
  • Tourism planning and development in cities
  • Tourist experiences in urban settings
  • Transportation and tourism within cities
  • Urban studies, urbanism and urban planning

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA)

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) is a state university founded in 1996, which offers 15 study programs in the faculties of Social Sciences and Engineering.

Ground for growth – that is the motto of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. Our roots are strenghtened in Valmiera, Vidzeme, Latvia and Europe. We are open, flexible, proactive and, when necessary, provocative. A strong, creative, interdisciplinary community for studies, research, knowledge transfer – this is us, our students, employees and cooperation partners.