Conference - Sustainable Tourism in the Digital World

24-26 September, 2019 Visby, Sweden 

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Sustainable tourism in the digital world Conference taking place at Campus Gotland of Uppsala University located in the picturesque town of Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination. 

Call for papers
Important dates
Sustainable tourism in practice: stakeholder workshop
Organising committee
Practical information


Call for Papers - extended abstracts

Call for conference papers is being extended to prospective authors, researchers, academics, experts and students to kindly contribute in shaping of the conference and the knowledge society through submissions of extended abstracts and optional full papers. High quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Sustainable Tourism are warmly invited for presentation at the conference. Call for papers

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Detailed programme

Important dates

  • 31 July Extended abstract submission max 700 words
  • 13 August Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 20 September Registration Deadline
  • 24-26 September  Conference dates


Participation and fees

  • Early bird registration: Includes coffee breaks, lunches, and one dinner €130
  • Late registration: Includes coffee breaks, lunches, and one dinner €200
  • NECTAR members. Membership for 2019, max 15 participants, first come first served


Photo: Marina Toger

Sustainable tourism in practice: stakeholder workshop

On the morning of September 26, we are conducting a workshop in collaboration with local entrepreneurs on Gotland as well as with actors who work at a more general level with cruise travellers. The aim is to collaborate in a service design-inspired process. The purpose is to provide support for Gotland to offer activities and events outside Visby to the cruise tourists.

The focus of the workshop is how the collaboration can increase between local entrepreneurs and actors who work at a more general level with the cruise travellers; Region Gotland, County Administrative Board, Gotland Excursion.

This is an opportunity to gain insight into the challenges and experiences of the practice and to share our experiences as researchers and to utilise our wisdom in a concrete context. The activity might provide ideas and contacts for empirical data for the next research project.

Film from the workshop in Visby on 26 September 2019 (link to Youtube)

Organising committee

Sustainable visits project team: Sabine Gebert Persson (project leader) dep. of business studies, Karin Ågren dep. of economic history, John Östh and Marina Toger both from dep. of cultural geography, Ulrika Persson-Fischier and Klas Palm from the dep. of engineering sciences, division of Industrial Engineering and Management, and Rickard Grassman from Stockholm Business School.

NECTAR Cluster 5 Leisure, Recreation and Tourism: João Romão (University of Algarve and Hokkaido University), Luca Zamparini (Università del Salento) and Peter Nijkamp (VU Amsterdam)

Practical information


The conference will be at the Campus Gotland of Uppsala University. Address: Cramérgatan 3.

Campus premises and room locations

Hotels in Visby

About Gotland

Gotland is the biggest island of the Baltic sea, situated roughly 60 miles off the coast of southern mainland Sweden.

59 000 people live year round on the island, a number that changes dramatically during the summer as Gotland is one of Sweden’s most popular summer destinations. Beautiful beaches, rich history and a welcoming climate (Gotland is usually one of the sunniest places in Sweden) contribute to the island’s popularity.

Visby, with 25 000 habitants, was one of the biggest and most important trading towns of the Baltic region in medieval times. Visby has the most well preserved medieval curtain wall of all of northern Europe, and the narrow alleys in the old town are lined with buildings and church ruins that call to mind Visby’s age of greatness in the 13th century. The Hanseatic town of Visby is a World Heritage since 1995. (source:

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