Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST)
Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST)

Conference Overview

  • 27, Nov / 29, Nov 2017
  • Thessaloniki, Greece
Conference Email
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Many economies and industries of the countries depend on tourism, which can 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 artarchitecture, rituals, festivals, and values that help convey the culture of the country itself. Cultural Tourism includes 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 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 the sustainability of cultural tourism development. Reaching and maintaining such objectives would require high standards in the 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 SocietyEnvironment, and Tourism to lessen the negative impacts, and have more positive effects, can only be achieved through spreading creativity and Cultural Diversity, through maintaining awareness of the importance of cultural tourism and its everlasting positive effects. Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST- 2017) discusses the complex relations between culture and tourism and how planners, architects, and main actors can help convey and spread the right perspective of the importance and role of Cultural tourism and how to maintain it.

Conference Topics

  1. 1. Integrated Relational Tourism (irt) As A Tool Of Development.
  2. 2. New Policies And Strategies For Tourism In The Mediterranean Basin And Beyond.
  3. 3. Tourism Strategies.
  4. 4. Environmental Issues.
  5. 5. Community Issues.
  6. 6. Climate Change.
  7. 7. Safety And Security.
  8. 8. Art, Architecture And Culture.
  9. 9. Heritage Tourism.
  10. 10. Wildlife And Adventure Tourism.
  11. 11. Health And Wellbeing Tourism.
  12. 12. Medical Tourism.
  13. 13. Marine And Coastal Areas Tourism.
  14. 14. Sport Tourism.
  15. 15. City Tourism.
  16. 16. Tourism Impact.
  17. 17. Tourism And Protected Area.
  18. 18. Ecotourism.
  19. 19. Rural Tourism.
  20. 20. Tourism And Technology.
  21. 21. Industrial Tourism.
  22. 22. Transport And Tourism.
  23. 23. Education And Tourism.
  24. 24. Theme Parks And Leisure.
  25. 25. Destination Management.
  26. 26. Planning And Development.
  27. 27. E-tourism.
  28. 28. Simulation Models.
  29. 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 USB flash drive. The USB flash drive 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 (http://www.IEREK.com) 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.


Authors Instructions

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.

Note: Only selected papers will be published by Springer in the Resourceedings Journal, and the writing Template will be sent by Email to the corresponding Author

To download Archive’s template, Click Here!

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.

The conference proceedings will be published in full in the “ARChive” International Journal of Science. Publication in a book series by Springer will only be applicable to the selected papers that will be 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. Publication in the ESSD international journal on Environmental Science & Sustainable developmentis also only applicable for high quality manuscripts. *For the selected papers to be published by Springer or “ESSD”, another revision process will be added to the selected manuscripts. All Author participants are expected to write their manuscripts /papers using the ARChive template provided in the author instructions tab. Once, and if, your paper is selected for publication, you will be contacted and asked to use the template of the selected journal accordingly.
Important Dates
Title Date Notes
Abstract Submissions Deadline 29th April 2017
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 29th June 2017
Full Paper Submission Deadline 28th July 2017
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 28th August 2017
Early Payment Deadline 20th August 2017 Late payment fees are mandatory after this date.
Regular Payment Deadline 22nd October 2017
Late Payment Deadline 15th November 2017
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 30th September 2017 Will not be issued without completing the conference fees.
Letter of Final Acceptance 30th September 2017 Will not be issued without completing the fees, and approval of the Full Paper.
Conference Program 26th October 2017
Conference Launch 26th November 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.

In addition to the conference fees, Authors are required to pay a mandatory publication fee for their papers to be published as per the above instructions:

  • ARChive : € 100 for a maximum of 12 pages (extras will be charged €15 each)

For High-quality manuscripts:

  • ESSD: € 100 for up to 12 pages (extra page will be charged with €15 each)

For Selected Manuscripts:

  • A book series by Springer € 200 for 12 pages (extra pages will be charged with €15 each)
Regular Attendance Fees
Fees for Audiences / Students / Listeners EUR 200
Co-Authors Fees
Fees for Attending Co-Author EUR 200
Fees for Non Attending Co-Author (1st-5th) EUR 50
Authors & Publication Fees
Publication Fees EUR 100
Author fees for Early Payment (Before August 21, 2017) EUR 280
Author fees for Regular Payment (Before October 23, 2017) EUR 350
Author fees for Late Payment (Before November 16, 2017) EUR 450
Video Streaming Fees (To use this option 50 Euros will be required) EUR 50
Other Services Fees
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.


Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center (KEDEA)

Thessaloniki, Greece

Travel Information

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is located near the city center, you can reach it from the Thessaloniki Airport by either the following means:

Bus: You can take the line 78 bus that can be found just outside the terminal and departs each 30 minutes. The ticket costs about €2 and can be bought inside the bus.

Taxi: You can take a taxi directly to the university location by taxi which will cost approximately €18 –  €20, however at midnight and after, the fare may be higher.

Refund / Withdrawal Policy

Please note 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.

Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances for any reason will receive refunds according to the following plan and according to the number of days from the start of the event:

Cancellation Policy Up to 60 days before the event Up to 50 days before the event Up to 40 days before the event 39 days before the event
Penalty 20% 50% 70% 100%


A refund is not possible if

-An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

-The proceedings of the event have been published (Authors only)

-All matters have been finalized (accommodation/travel expenses paid for)

Visa Rejection Cases

Reason and proof of rejection must be submitted. If the reason for rejection is due to an error on our part, the participant will be refunded their full fee with a deduction of a 20% administration fee.

Documents to be issued by IEREK to acquire a visa are as follows:

*Final Acceptance Letter (Authors only)

*Visa Invitation Letter

*Invoice/proof of payment

We encourage all authors and attendees to ensure their having acquired all documents (those applicable) mentioned.

If the reason for rejection is not related to any of the aforementioned and is an error on the participant’s part, the following will apply:

*Authors: may choose to let their co-author present his/her research on his/her behalf free of charge. If the author does not have a co-author, a member of the scientific committee shall present on the author’s behalf.

*Audience members/Registrants: will only be allowed to attend another similar event of their choosing that is organized by IEREK free of charge.

Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter by Salento University 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.

The Silk Road Workshop

Celebrating East and West cultural connectivity – The Silk Road

Since ancient times, the Silk Road served as a bridge between East and West, uniting, through a complex network of overland and sea routes, three continents and different cultures. Acclaimed as the "greatest route in the history of mankind" the ancient Silk Road has been an important vehicle for trade between empires and kingdoms, also facilitating cultural exchange. Nowadays, the historic Silk Road revives again, as an up-and-coming tourist destination, engaging numerous countries with rich natural and cultural heritage. China has recently put forward a giant plan to revive the Ancient Silk Road, initiating in September 2013 the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative, a new international development strategy with the intention to promote economic cooperation among Eurasian countries.

The “Cultural Sustainable Tourism Conference”, in order to exploit the opportunities stemming from the initiative in the tourism sector, will organize a special session devoted to the connectivity and cooperation between east and west, the untapped unique Silk Road cultural heritage and the rising tourism market. The duration of the session will be approximately two hours with the following structure:

Conference Program

*The Conference Final Program has been announced, to download

Conference Program Schedule