• 04 September / 06 September 2017
  • Thessaloniki,Greece
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Abstract Submission Deadline has been Extended, based on many requests, to be March 31, 2017


Many countries and their economies, and industries depend on tourism, an economic might, which is able to direct the flow of the world. Cultural Tourism is the subset of tourism that is concerned with the country’s lifestyle in certain geographical areas, such as their, art, architecture, rituals, festivals, and more values that help convey the culture of the country itself. Cultural tourism involves the visitor getting involved or in contact with the unique heritage and special character of a place. More awareness of the place’s values, languages, lifestyle, and customs is conveyed to the visitor. Through tourism, lays the possibility of associating cultures together, assisting in creating cohesion amongst the world’s inhabitants. Considering that culture and heritage are two important factors in attracting tourists, they maintain their stature as a resource for development, and for improving the economy.

That being said, Heritage and Culture are both two important assets that should be maintained, conserved, and enhanced. Improving the life quality, living conditions, and reducing poverty will help in further preserving the cultural and natural heritage. Making such assets within reach of humanity, conveying civilizations through a powerful tool as tourism, is considered sustainability of cultural tourism development. Reaching and maintaining such objectives, would require, high standards in design & implementation of tourism policies, and conservation and preservation policies. Involving the participation of communities, in preserving, enhancing, and improving the cultural heritage for the following decades.

Balancing between the society, environment, and tourism in order to lessen the negative impacts, and have more positive effects, can only be achieved through spreading creativity, and cultural diversity, through maintaining awareness for the importance of cultural tourism and their everlasting positive effects. Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST- 2017) discusses the complex relations between Culture, and tourism, and how planners, architects, and main actors and help in conveying and spreading the right perspective of the importance and role of Cultural tourism and how to maintain it.

Conference Topics
  1. Integrated Relational Tourism (IRT) as a tool of development
  2. New policies and strategies for tourism in the Mediterranean Basin and beyond
  3. Tourism strategies
  4. Environmental issues
  5. Community issues
  6. Climate change
  7. Safety and security
  8. Art, architecture and culture
  9. Heritage tourism
  10. Wildlife and adventure tourism
  11. Health and wellbeing tourism
  12. Medical tourism
  13. Marine and coastal areas tourism
  14. Sport tourism
  15. City tourism
  16. Tourism impact
  17. Tourism and protected area
  18. Ecotourism
  19. Rural tourism
  20. Tourism and technology
  21. Industrial tourism
  22. Transport and tourism
  23. Education and tourism
  24. Theme parks and leisure
  25. Destination management
  26. Planning and development
  27. e-Tourism
  28. Simulation models
  29. Social and physical infrastructure
Benefits of Attending

Attending conferences is very beneficial on the professional level. Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will expand your knowledge and undoubtedly help your career.

You not only get to hear presentations but also converse with other researchers from different universities and even countries you may have only heard or read about. You learn from experts in the field. It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own.

Not to mention, getting an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learning about its people and culture.

Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research. Moreover, they let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.

It is an opportunity to engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on.

Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hard cover book or in digital format on a CD. The CD will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at IEREK conferences regularly appear in notable reviews, publications and databases, including referencing and abstract.

Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the IEREK E-Library ( where they are immediately and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Journal participants may attend after the conference to submit an enhanced version of their research for possible publication at our journal on IEREK website.

Participation Procedures

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers committee to go through the revision process:

  • Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

· Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).

· Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented, as well as a sound literature and methodology of the work.

  • First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

  • Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

  • Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author of the paper will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.

  • Payment:

In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to the final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

  • Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

Those with full papers and who have paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?

(2) Is the writing and structure clear?

(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?

(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?

(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?

(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?

(7) Has the author used an appropriate methodology and has it been clearly explained?

(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?

(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.

Authors Instructions

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Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

After you have received the acceptance of your abstract, please continue to write your full paper with the requested template (please download).

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper. For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

English will be the official language of the Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST).

Writing Templates: Authors are strongly encouraged to use the formatting style described below for submitting an abstract as this format is required for the full paper.

Download Instructions and Template Formats!

The Publication will be at ‘Resourceedings’ Journal by Springer, which is supervised by highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure a high-quality publication material. Thus, such outstanding material will lead to indexing of the series in well-known indexing databases such as Scopus and Thomson Reuters
Important Dates
Date From Date To Notes
Abstract Submission Deadline March 6, 2017 Extended
Abstract Submission Deadline March 31, 2017
Full Paper Submission Deadline July 29, 2017
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance August 7, 2017
Full paper acceptance August 15, 2017
Early Payment Deadline April 19, 2017 Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.
Late Payment Deadline July 4, 2017
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) July 14, 2017 Will not be issued without completing the conference fees.
Letter of Final Acceptance July 24, 2017 Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full Paper.
Conference Program August 4, 2017
Conference Launch September 4, 2017 September 6, 2017
Conference Fees
Note: The fees are not subject to waving and IEREK does not offer financial support to the applicants. Payment during the conference days is strictly prohibited.


  • Each research paper should have at least one main author who should pay the full fees (Author’s fees + Publication Fees), even if the main author is a Master’s or a PhD candidate, and even if the author won’t be able to attend the conference.
  • These fees include the registration of only one author to the conference. (As shown in the table, row 1, for the early payment or row 2 or normal payment)
  • A research paper fees allow only one author, whether he is the corresponding author or any co- author to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference book in both hard and soft copy (a Printed book + a CD)
  • In case of there are co- authors (1-5 maximum) Each Co-Author has to pay the specified fees (As shown in the table, row 3) without attending. In case of one or more of these author need to attend the conference, they should complete the fees to attend as audience (Shown in the table, row 5)
  • The fees of Conference book (hard copy + CD) for audiences and co- authors, is shown in the table row 4
  • In case students or interested audience want to attend the conference without presenting a paper, they must pay the specified fees. (As shown in the table, row 5).

Cancellations / Refunds

  • Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances less than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus a €100 administration charge. If the proceedings book is already published, the fees cannot be refunded.
  • Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa (if needed), by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.
  • Cancellation or withdrawal of a paper or an abstract from our system after it has been revised and receiving its accepted has a penalty to be paid, in case of either previous payment or not, €50 for the abstract and € 150 for the full paper before its delegation.
1. Fees for Authors (Early booking Before April 19, 2017) € 280
2. Fees for Authors (Standard Booking)* € 350
3. Fees for Non Attending Co-Author (1st-5th) € 50
4. Fees for publication online € 100
5. Fees for Audiences / Students / Listeners / Attending Co-Author € 200
6. Late Payment, added value to the fees (After July 4, 2017) € 100
Plagiarism Policy

IEREK has an unyielding policy regarding plagiarism. We believe that copying/taking the ideas and work of other Authors without permission and credit, is fraudulent. The Reviewing committee and IEREK employees have the authority to reject a paper during its reviewing process,  on the basis of the paper being subjected to either minor or major plagiarism. Duplicating any content, even if it is one sentence or one table without the consent of its original Author, will lead to the paper’s refusal upon the complaint of the plagiarism victim.


Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Greek Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace, literally “the co-capital”.

The municipality of Thessaloniki, the historical center, had a population of 385,406 in 2007, while the Thessaloniki Urban Area had a population of 800,764. And the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area had 1,104,460 inhabitants in 2011.

Thessaloniki is a popular tourist destination in Greece. For 2013, National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine (Foreign Direct Investments) declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.

Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures. The city’s main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the Balkans.

Thessaloniki, Greece

Refund / Withdrawal Policy
    • Once an acceptance letter has been issued, this means that the proceedings book is already in the publishing process and a refund will not be possible.
    • In case your visa got rejected or if you were not able to get a security clearance for travel:
      • You are required to provide us with the rejection letter from the embassy/consulate or the office responsible for security clearances and in that case, you may choose to let your co-author present your research on your behalf free of charge, without having to pay an attendance fee. If you do not have a co-author, we will assign a member of the scientific committee to present on your behalf.
      • If you, as an author, and your co-author are both attending the conference, your co-author will be required to pay an attendance fee.
    • Kindly note that once you have uploaded your Abstract or Full Paper, this means you are accepting its publishing on IEREK, accordingly, your submission will only be removed from our website according to the following policy:
      • If the Abstract or Full Paper was rejected by the reviewing committee, no penalties or payments are needed to be paid.
      • In case the Abstract was accepted or you received the Preliminary Acceptance of your full paper, this means that an effort was done by the reviewing committee in the revision process and by IEREK staff members so removal of your Abstract / Paper from the website, will not be possible unless the revision fees are paid as follows:
        • For an Abstract: €50
        • For a Full Paper: €150

      • This policy is used to ensure the commitment and the seriousness of an author when his/ her paper is accepted to complete his/her registration and not be limited to only getting the acceptance.
      • As a research institute that encourages the propagation of peer-reviewed, research-based manuscripts, all authors must understand the gravity and seriousness of the publication process and be fully committed to it.

An author having more than one paper will enjoy 40% discount on the second paper, this applies only on conference fees excluding publications

  • You will receive a full refund if you send your request 45 days before the event, in that case, only a 20 percent transaction fee will be deducted.
  • If you request a refund after the 45 days period, you will only get approval in the case that your visa has been rejected and you have submitted the rejection letter itself. According to the reason of rejection from the embassy or consulate, the amount of money refunded back to you will be determined based on the following:
    • If the rejection reason stated that the rejection was the applicant’s fault for not submitting the required documents to receive a visa, an administrative fee will be deducted from the amount refunded back to the applicant ONLY if he/she sends the request before the event as no refunds are allowed after the given date.
    • If the rejection reason was decided for reasons that the applicant cannot be accounted for, a refund will be allowed with the 20 percent transaction fees deducted.
  • Please note that IEREK is only responsible for providing applicants with visa invitation letters that will help ease the process of receiving the visa but is not responsible for the approval or rejection of applicants who apply for visas.
Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

However, you are required to prepare your papers according to the regulations of your country’s embassy/consulate. To do this, you will need to visit the embassy/consulate website or by contacting them.

In case of any missing document during the appointment or any other unfortunate incident that leads to your rejection, IEREK clears its responsibility as we will have done our part in providing the documents we can provide to ease the process.

Scientific Committee
Name Organization Country
Agis Papadopoulos
Professor, Director of the Process Equipment Design Laboratory, School of Engineering, Aristotle University Thessaloniki.
Sofia-Natalia Boemi
Dr. Environmental Scientist, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Process Equipment Design Laboratory, School of Engineering, Aristotle University Thessaloniki.
Charilaos Alexopoulos
Manager of primary school “Philippos Alexandros” S.A. and the technical consultancy company DOMOPLAN LTD.
George Stalidis
Department of Business Administration, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessalonik
Dimitrios Vlachos
Associate Professor and the Director of the Laboratory of Statistics and Quantitative Analysis Methods, Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LASCM) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece.
Spyros Avidimiotis
Assistant Professor in the discipline of Tourism Management, in the department of Tourism Management at the Alexander Technological Institute of Thessaloniki Greece.
Flora Karagianni
Dr Archaeologist, Head of the Office for the Promotion of Scientific Research of the European Center of Byzantine and Postbyzantine Monuments.
Grigorios Tasios
President of Halkidiki Tourism Organization, member of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) and co-owner of the Hotel PHILOXENIA BUNGALOWS 3* - Psakoudia Halkidiki.
Dean Hawkes
Emeritus professor at Cardiff University and an emeritus fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge. He has published numerous books on architecture.
United Kingdom
Aylin Orbasli
Reader in Architectural Regeneration, Dept. of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University and an independent consultant with +15 years international experience of working on historic buildings.
United Kingdom
Nabil Mohareb
Associate Professor, Head of Faculty of Architectural Engineering, Arts and design program branch, Faculty of Architectural Engineering, and Arts and Design Program, Beirut Arab University, Tripoli Campus.
Konstantinos Moraitis
Professor of Philosophy of Aesthetics at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He has presented numerous publications of architectural projects.
Anna Catalani
Reader in Archtiecture but before she was formerly Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Salford, where she was the Programme Leader for the MA Art & Design.
Despina Kyprianou
She is a Professor in Bioclimatic Architecture and the Urban Environment, at the Dept. of Environmental Science and she carries out research in Architecture, Energy and Environment.
Paola Ardizzola
Chair of Department of Architecture and Assistant Professor at the School of Fine Arts and Architecture, Department of Architecture, AIU-Antalya Iternational University, Antalya-Turkey.
Anna Laura Pisello
Assistant professor in Applied Physics at University of Perugia, Italy PhD in Energy Engineering
Maurizio Berti
Director of the Faculty of Architecture - FAPF of Nampula and Professor of History and Restoration of Architecture, Universidade Lúrio - Unilúrio, Nampula, Mozambique.
Antonella Versaci
Assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University "Kore" of Enna, where she is responsible of the "Laboratory of Restoration of Architectural and Cultural Heritage".
Pietro Columba
Full Professor in Agricultural economics and land valuation at the University of Palermo since 2008
Rana P. B. Singh
Vice-President ACLA, Asian Cultural Landscape Association Professor of Geography (spel. Cultural & Heritage Studies), & Head (2013~2015)- Department of Geography, Institute of Science Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
Abdurrahman Mohamed
Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Department of Architecture, University of Bahrain since 2010 and Director of IWAN Center for architectural Heritage, University of Gaza, Palestine.
Lucia Della Spina
Aggregate Professor in Appraisal at the Heritage, Architecture, Urban Planning Department of Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria.
Martin Mayfield
Professor of Engineering Design, Interim Director of the Urban Institute and Infrastructure Leader for Faculty of Engineering. He has led and supported many applied research projects
United Kingdom
Mohammad Arif Kamal
Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, INDIA and Adjunct faculty at Shushant school of Art& Architecture, Ansal University, Gurgaon, INDIA.
Hocine Bougdah
Reader in Architectural Technology; The Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK.
United Kingdom
Andrea Ciaramella
Associate professor at the Politecnico di Milano, Department (Architecture, Built environment and Construction Engineering A.B.C.)
Tom Fowler
Distinguished Professor, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Professor and Director of Graduate Architecture Program (MSARCH) and Community Interdisciplinary Design Studio (CIDS), Architecture Department
American Samoa
Ahmed Sami Abdelrahman
- Associate Professor – Urban Design & Planning Department – Faculty of Engineering , Ain Shams University. - Visiting lecturer at AAST (Arab academy for science & technology) – Department of Architecture since 2011.
Ivana Nina Unković
NEWFELPRO Marie Curie Fellow/Researcher and Lecturer University of Ljubljana Faculty of Arts Department of Art History
Chaham Alalouch
Assistant Professor in Architectural Engineering since 2013. College of Engineering. Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.
Mohamed Saleem Mohamed Aslam
Senior Lecturer attached to the Department of Tourism Management at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL)
Sri Lanka
Azilah Binti Kasim
Professor at School of Tourism, Hospitality and Environmental Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Wael Mohamed Yousef Elsayed
Professor of Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineering at Cairo, Al-Azhar University, Egypt
Dimitrios Buhalis
Head of Department Tourism and Hospitality, Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, at Bournemouth University in England.
United Kingdom
John Crotts
Professor of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the School of Business at the College of Charleston
United States
Assistant Vice Principal, Glasgow Caledonian University with responsible for business development and industry engagement. Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development
United Kingdom
Kazem Vafadari Mehrizi
Associate Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan.
Marianna Sigala
Professor at the University of South Australia and Director of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management.
Nor’ain Binti Hj. Othman
Associate Professor- Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Salar Kuhzady
Ph.D , Deparment of Tourism Management , University of Mersin-Turkey. Specialized in Information communication Technology in Tourism& Sharing Economy
Terry Stevens
Founder and Managing Director, Stevens & Associates; Professor of International Dynamic Destinations, School of Management, Swansea University
United Kingdom
Werner Gronau
Adjunct Professor (MA-programme: Managing the Tourism System), University of Bergamo
Sotiris Hji-Avgoustis
Professor of and Chairperson, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
United States
Shahab Nazariadli
PhD candidate at North Carolina State University, department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.
United States
Elena Michopoulou
Senior Lecturer in Business Management, University of Derby
United Kingdom
S. Fatemeh Mostafavi Shirazi
Assistant professor in International Trade Department at KTO Karaty University
Dimitrios P. Stergiou
Assistant Professor in Tourism Management at the School of Social Sciences at the Hellenic Open University
Sara Marefatnia
PhD Candidate in Tourism Specialty in Management, university of Algarve, Portugal