News for 2021

 Dear all,
We are pleased to announce that we have planned a new format for TNC in autumn 2021. As it is still uncertain how the new year will unfold due to the pandemic, this, like much else, will take place online. 

We will keep you updated here in the new year.


Tourism Naturally is a conference designed to address the myriad of issues that arise as tourism businesses, infrastructure, travelers and hosts interact in overlapping economic, cultural, social and environmental spheres – but with a special focus on landscape, nature, culture, wellness and health related topics.

This conference seeks to explore the intersection of tourism, sustainability and health and wellbeing within and around - but not exclusively - protected areas. Specifically, the conference aims to understand the lasting contribution these experiences can have on the visitor and the destination through the transformative potential of the tourist encounter with natural resources. The transformational outcomes for people and places will be explored through a focus on health, wellbeing and sustainability, providing insights into the multitude of contexts, challenges, and opportunities of tourism within and around protected areas.

The conference is aimed at tourism scientists, practitioners and young tourism professionals. On three days, the latest research results and approaches from the tourism industry according to the previously described topics and beyond will be presented to the specialist audience in various parallel presentations.


The TNC International Conference was founded in 2016 with the inaugural conference held in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy. This successful conference attracted participants from Europe, Asiana, and the Americas creating a truly global perspective on the cultural and nature-based tourism industry showcasing relevant research performed around the world. 

The initial conference brought together partner institutions including founding institutions Colorado State University, University of Sassari, University of Pisa, Central China Normal University, and University of Derby, Buxton (Conference host 2019), along with participation by the United National World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This group of institutions formed the core of the organizing committee for future conferences. 

The organizing committee has expanded each year as new sponsoring institutions have stepped forward, including the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Conference host 2018), and the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (Conference host 2021). Each host or sponsoring university is invited to join the organizing committee for up to three years including a planning year, the conference year, and the year following the conference organized. This arrangement provides continuity in content, format, and the planning process that helps to preserve sponsor and attendee commitment.


Sustainability is our priority


Our conference and its implementation will be dedicated to sustainability. That is why we make sure to use regional, seasonal and environmentally friendly resources in all areas of organisation.

 If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us: