CAUTHE 2021 Conference: Call for papers

Transformations in Uncertain Times: Future perfect in tourism, hospitality and events

**Working paper deadline: Extended to 15 November 2020

Unprecedented trends and developments require us all to transform the way we live, work, travel, study and socialise. In this flux and new context, the CAUTHE 2021 conference is going ahead ONLINE! This is a great opportunity for CAUTHE to expand its reach and impact by welcoming and encompassing into its program scholars from all over the globe as well as enabling them to exchange knowledge, deepen and establish new international collaborations.

COVID-19 is significantly impacting and disrupting tourism, hospitality, sports, events and leisure industries with long lasting and transformational effects. Discussions about pre-existing socio-cultural, environmental and economic issues (e.g. climate change, overdevelopment and overtourism, economic crises, terrorism, globalisation) are blooming, as the COVID-19 has intensified and magnified their causes, symptoms and impacts. During the slow down, industry and academia have changed to ensure business continuity and stakeholder engagement, but they have also had the opportunity to reflect on the past and rethink their practices and consequences on the economy, the local communities and society as well as the environment.

Hence, the pandemic and its conversion to a global economic and social crisis can be seen as a transformative stressor that is accelerating change and driving the re-shape of a ‘better’ tourism future. Transformation is envisioned and seen everywhere:

  • at any level (macro, meso-institutional, micro)
  • from an international to a regional and local scale
  • across tourism related industries and within tourism related organisations (e.g. finance, marketing, operations etc.)
  • across tourism related stakeholders (i.e. governments, businesses and entrepreneurs, communities, organisations, employees and tourists, academia).

The following questions arise:

  1. But what is the degree, breadth and depth as well as direction of such transformations?
  2. Does the restart of the (tourism and travel) economy indicate a ‘next normal’ that is different and better or worse than the past?
  3. What and how have tourism, hospitality and events stakeholders learnt and how is this rethinking potentially reflected in their operations and strategies?
  4. How and what market transformations have been shaped by but also re-shaped the tourism, hospitality and events related stakeholders?
  5. Were and are the tourism, hospitality and events related stakeholders capable and willing to induce, manage and drive change?
  6. Are the tourism, hospitality and events related industries ready to respond and compete in the ‘new purpose economy’?
  7. To what extent have tourism, hospitality and events related stakeholders recalibrated their priorities, values, strategic and operational social and economic practices?

The CAUTHE 2021 conference online aims to advance current debates regarding transformations and future directions in the tourism, hospitality and events industries. To that end, the conference brings together tourism scholars, professionals and policymakers alike in order to stimulate discussions and the exchange of research findings and ideas pertaining but not limited to the above-mentioned questions addressing the conference theme Transformations in Uncertain Times: Future perfect in tourism, hospitality and events. 



The CAUTHE 2021 Scientific Committee welcomes 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 can focus on a broad range of topics relating to (but not limited to) the following conference research tracks:

  • Critical Approaches
  • Destination Management, Development and Policy
  • Education and Training
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Ethics, Justice and Sustainability
  • Events, Festivals and MICE
  • Experiences Human Resource Management
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Risk, Crisis and Recovery
  • Service Operations Management
  • Special Interest Tourism
  • Tourism Geographies and Tourism Economics
  • Tourism Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Well-being

Please carefully read the full research Track Descriptions and potential topics for inspiration and/or guidance on developing your paper. You will be required to select and submit your manuscript under one track (although the submission topic may relate to more than one track). 


All submissions must follow the guidelines outlined in the Author Paper Formatting guidelines.

When you submit your paper, you will be asked to sign an agreement about the use of the paper. Your paper should be identified clearly as a full research paper or a working research paper. If your paper is accepted, at least one author must register, pay and attend the conference to present the paper.

All paper submissions must also include a Transfer of Copyright Agreement. This form must be read and consented as part of your paper submission.

All submissions will go through a blind peer review process managed by the Conference Chairs of the research Tracks and the Chair of the Scientific Committee. All submissions will be provided with reviewers’ feedback and suggestions to further improve the quality of the research.

Submit your papers at CAUTHE 2021 Conference Online PAPER SUBMISSION

Full Research Papers

Papers submitted in this category are research work, or work presenting conceptual and theoretical development, that are complete. The paper should be around 4,000-5,000 words (including references, tables and figures) and will be double-blind, peer reviewed by two reviewers nominated by the Scientific Committee. All papers must be original submissions that have not already been published.

Full research papers are eligible for nomination by reviewers for the ‘CAUTHE Award for Best Full Paper’. Full research papers submitted by a PhD student on work derived from their study are eligible for nomination by the reviewers for the ‘Bill Faulkner Memorial Award for Best PhD Paper’. To qualify in this category, the primary author must be a student and the author’s registered supervisor must be listed as the co-author. More information about Awards can be found at CAUTHE Awards.

Working Research Papers

Working papers are those for which a substantial amount of the research work, or conceptual and theoretical development is complete. Working papers should be around 1,200-1,500 words (including references, tables and figures). The paper will be blind peer-reviewed nominated by the Scientific Committee. All papers must be original submissions that have never been published.


Oral Online Presentations

Oral online presentations will be allocated 15 minutes each (10 minutes for the presentation with 5 minutes for questions). A chair will run each concurrent presentation session. Paper presentations must be pre-recorded and submitted by January 22 for uploading onto the online conference platform.

e-Poster Presentations

Visual presentations will be held in an e-Poster visual paper session. Presenters will have an opportunity during the e-poster presentation session/s to discuss their work. E-posters must be submitted no later than 22 January 2021.

We are requiring all presentations to be pre-recorded to reduce the risk of an individual presenter having a technology problem when it is time for them to present. We require all submissions by 22 January 2021 so that, if necessary, they can be reformatted and/or edited to fit within the webinar transmission requirements.

Presentations not submitted by 29 January 2021 will be removed from the program.



The conference proceedings will be published as an e-book (with an ISBN) containing the full manuscripts of full and working papers presented during the conference. The conference proceedings will be published and distributed online during and through the conference channels. Authors of full papers are obliged to have their full manuscript published in the conference proceedings. Authors of working papers have the option to opt out (if they wish) from publishing their full manuscript in the conference proceedings. Authors of full and working papers will be required to give their permission (sign a transfer of copyright agreement) to have their full manuscript published in the conference proceedings.

A handbook of abstracts with an ISBN will be published including the abstracts from all the full and working papers presented at the conference. Authors of full and working papers will be required to give their permission (sign a transfer of copyright agreement) to have the abstract of their manuscript published in the handbook of abstracts. The handbook will be promoted online and through the CAUTHE media channels and social media.

A special issue based on selected conference papers will be published by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management (JHTM) (SSCI impact factor 3.415). Good quality conference papers will be selected for submission and potential publication in the special issue. All selected papers will go through a double-blind review process managed by the special issue editors and the editor-in-chief of the journal. Papers submitted to the special issue will need to comply to the submission guidelines and quality standards of the JHTM.


  • 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
  • Recordings of presentations: 22 January 2021
  • Online presentation of papers: 9-11 February 2021



Marianna Sigala, University of South Australia


Isabella Ye, The University of Queensland

TRACK CHAIRS (Alphabetical order by first name)

Aaron Tham, University of Sunshine Coast

Anastasia Yeark, Kaplan Business School

Andreas Zins, Curtin University Malaysia

Anja Pabel, Central Queensland University

Anna Carr, University of Otago

Anne Hardy, University of Tasmania

Brent Ritchie, University of Queensland

Brian King, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Charles Arcodia, Griffith University

Chris Krolikowski, University of South Australia

Connie Loi, Macao Institute for Tourism Studies

Craig Lee, University of Otago

David Beirman, University of Technology Sydney

Denis Tolkach, James Cook University

Diane Lee, Murdoch University

Edmund GOH, Edith Cowan University

Effie Steriopoulos, William Angliss Institute

Elaine Yang, Griffith University

Erica Wilson, Southern Cross University

Erwin Losekoot, NHLStenden University of Applied Sciences

Eve Lianping Ren, Macao Institute for Tourism Studies

Faith Ong, University of Queensland

Freya Higgins Desbiolles, University of South Australia

Gabby Walters, The University of Queensland

Haiyan Song, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Harald Pechlaner, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Hazreel Hasmi, Le Cordon Bleu Australia

Ina Reichenberger, Victoria University of Wellington

Insun Sunny Lee, University of South Australia

Isabella Ye, University of Queensland

Joanna Fountain, Lincoln University

Joanne Pyke, Victoria University, Melbourne

Joseph M. Cheer, Center for Tourism Research, Wakayama University

Judith Mair, University of Queensland

Julia Albrecht, University of Otago

Tamara Young, University of Newcastle

Laurie Murphy, James Cook University

Leonie Lockstone-Binney, Griffith University

Marcela Fang, William Angliss Institute

Marianna Sigala, University of South Australia

Martin Robertson, Edinburgh Napier University

Michael Volgger, Curtin University

Mieke Witsel, Southern Cross University

Mingming Cheng, Curtin University

Naomi Dale, University of Canberra

Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta, Edith Cowan University

Perry Hobson, Sunway University, Malaysia

Rajka Presbury, Torrens University – Blue Mountains International Hotel Management

Raymond Rastegar, The University of Queensland

Sebastian Filep, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Timothy Lee, University of the Sunshine Coast

Tom Baum, University of Strathclyde

Ulrike Gretzel, University of Southern California

Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University