CAUTHE 2021 Conference Online

‘Transformations in Uncertain times: Future perfect in tourism, hospitality and events’

The CAUTHE 2021 conference was convened by CAUTHE, and held online over multiple day slots, between 13:00-16:00 (AEDT) from Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 February. A PhD/ECR workshop was held in the week prior on Friday 5 February. The conference was hosted on the EventsAIR OnAIR platform. CAUTHE engaged the Forum Group Events and Marketing, with experience and expertise in delivering online conferences to manage the conference. The integrated OnAIR platform provided a seamless secure user access which included virtual sessions, e-posters, networking, an exhibitor marketplace and a meeting hub for a full conference experience.



CAUTHE 2021 was an enriched online experience combining the traditional CAUTHE conference events accompanied with interactive online sessions. The online program featured the following activities, amongst many others:

  • keynote speeches from world-wide tourism researchers and professionals
  • industry and academic panel discussions
  • PhD / ECR workshop and SIG meetings
  • researcher mentorship opportunities by the Fellows
  • a publisher and sponsors’ marketplace
  • concurrent paper and e-poster presentations
  • surprising social activities and networking opportunities
  • a ‘meet the journal editors’ workshop
  • video case studies by the Case Study project
  • the entertaining and educative Great Debate

With CAUTHE 2021 going online, the conference had the potential to be bigger, more internationally accessible and inclusive, more scalable and flexible and, as always, social with “edutainment” and fun!

Call for papers

The CAUTHE 2021 Scientific Committee welcomed full research papers and working research papers on several different topics relating to this year’s theme Transformations in Uncertain Times: Future perfect in tourism, hospitality and events. Given the diversity and multi-dimensional nature of transformation in our industries, papers could focus on a broad range of topics relating to (but not limited to) a range of conference research tracks.

View Call for Papers

Key dates

  • Full paper submission: 1 October 2020
  • Working paper submission: 31 October 2020 ** Extended to 15 November 2020
  • Author feedback: 30 November 2020
  • Submission of revised papers: 15 December 2020
  • Online presentation of papers: 9-11 February 2021

Registration fees

*Earlybird deadline Mon 21-Dec-20

Conference Committee

Chair Scientific Committee: Marianna Sigala, University of South Australia
Chair Organising Committee: Paul Whitelaw, The Hotel School, Southern Cross University
CAUTHE Secretariat: Penny Jose
Professional Conference organiser: Forum Group Events and Marketing

Oversight committee
Kirsten Holmes, Curtin University
Karen Smith, Victoria University of Wellington
Judith Mair, The University of Queensland

Scientific committee member
Isabella Ye, The University of Queensland

PhD/ECR workshop coordinators
Edmund Goh, Edith Cowan University
Michael Hughes, Murdoch University
Ina Reichenberger, Victoria University of Wellington

PhD Student representative
Mahdis Madani, Otago University

Promotions and marketing coordinator
Effie Steriopoulos, William Angliss Institute

Delivery coordinator
Nicole Nanyi Yu, The University of Queensland