Conference 2021

The next TNC will be held in 2021 t the European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI), a faculty of the Deggendorf Institute of Technolgy in the city of Pfarrkirchen, Lower Bavaria, Germany.

Centred between Munich and the Bavarian Forest and its national parks, the city of Pfarrkirchen is an ideal starting point to go to surrounding cities like Regensburg, Passau or Salzburg and the neighbouring countries Austria and the Czech Republic.

The European Campus Rottal-Inn works together with partner universities in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Spain offering international undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare and engineering degrees. The study programme in tourism offers a highly diversified and qualified training, which enables its graduates to work in a broad range of areas in the tourism and health industries.

At ECRI, we are proud to welcome students from over 70 different countries – therefore we are an international and multicultural faculty where all courses are taught exclusively in English for students with global aspirations.

The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) strives for academic excellence and indeed ranks among the best universities of applied sciences in Germany. Founded in 1994, it is a young, modern and excellently equipped university offering relevant and practical courses set in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment.

Conference Venue

European Campus Rottal-Inn
Max-Breiherr-Straße 32
84347 Pfarrkirchen

Organising Comittee

Prof. Dr. Georg Christian Steckenbauer
Economy in Tourism Management
Faculty Dean, Faculty European Campus Rottal-Inn
Deggendorf Institute of Technology – European Campus Rottal-Inn

Prof. Dr. Marcus Herntrei
International Tourism Management
Course coordinator and councellor International Tourism Management majoring in Health & Medical Tourism
Deggendorf Institute of Technology – European Campus Rottal-Inn

Verena Frank
Coordinator Tourism Naturally Conference 2020
Deggendorf Institute of Technology – European Campus Rottal-Inn

Miriam Bleck, Elisabeth Müller

Scientific Comittee

Prof. Dr. Georg Christian Steckenbauer
Deggendorf Institute of Technology – European Campus Rottal-Inn

Prof. Dr. Marcus Herntrei
Deggendorf Institute of Technology – European Campus Rottal-Inn

Prof. Dr. Michael Manfredo
Colorade State University

Prof. Federico Niccolini
University of Pisa

Dr. Iride Azara

University of Derby

Prof. Elina (Eleni) Michopoulou
University of Derby

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Prof. Haywantee Ramkissoon
University of Derby

Dr. Sarah Rawlinson 

University of Derby

Dr. Peter Wiltshier
University of Derby

Dr. Nikolaos Pappas

University of Sunderland

Dr. James Johnson
University of Sunderland

Dr. Nicole Mitsche
University of Sunderland

Dr. Pavlos Arvanitis
Solent University

Dr. Kyriaki Glyptou
Leeds Beckett University

Dr. Nikolaos Trihas
Hellenic Mediterranean University

Prof. Alessio Cavicchi
University of Macerata

Prof. Iacopo Cavallini
University of Pisa

Dr. Michele Contini
Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa

Prof. Jing Hu
Central China Normal University

Prof.  Shuangyu Xie
Central China Normal University

Prof. Jian Gong
Central China Normal University

Prof. Shaowen Cheng
Central China Normal University

Prof. Yajuan Li
Central China Normal University

Key Note Speaker

Subject to change.

Dr. (For) Liisa Tyrväinen

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) 

Arnulf Hartl

Prof. Dr. Arnulf Hartl

Paracelsus Medical Private University
Institute of Ecomedicine

Prof. Dr. Christian Baumgartner

University of Applied Science of the Grisons
Sustainable Tourism / Head of Major Sustainable Tourism & International Development 


Ksenia Gavrilova

Master Student International Tourism Management
European Campus Rottal-Inn


Dr. Nikolaos Pappas

University of Sunderland
Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Events 

Director of CERTE (Centre for Research in Tourism Excellence) 

Prof. Dr. Monika Bachinger

University of Forestry Rottenburg

Host and Co-Hosts

Host in 2021

Deggendorf Institute of Technology - European Campus Rottal-Inn (ECRI)

The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), founded in 1994, has quickly become one of the most pioneering and advanced universities of applied sciences in Germany. Our mission is the continued focus on high quality, practice-oriented and modern education combined with advanced research, based within our business, technology and health faculties.

The university focuses on three disciplines: firstly, full-time education; secondly, applied research & development and thirdly, further education. The focus of the full-time education offers is on bachelor and master courses, whilst in applied research & development, a vast range of research topics lead to practical, scientific solutions that are used to develop new, marketable products, processes and services.

The degree in International Tourism Management will teach students a broad and methodological expertise through practical teaching on the basis of economic fundamentals. The specifics of business and tourism, key skills , implementation competence and the ability to innovation will be developed. Students will acquire social and international skills, enabling them to competently and safely manage the complex and cross-cultural environment of tourism and in particular health and medical tourism. In light of the increasing globalization of the tourism industry, we place great importance on the development of our students' language skills. 

Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources - Colorado State University

For more than a century Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) has played a leadership role in research, teaching, training and technical assistance related to the understanding and management of the world’s natural resources. Within the college, the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as it relates to the natural environment. 
Faculty in the WCNR at CSU pioneered efforts in the study and application of human dimensions of natural resources (HDNR) in the early 1970’s and by 1992 they established a “Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit” which is now the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department. 
The mission of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department is to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits.The Department offers an MS and a PhD in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Four concentrations are offered in the undergraduate program: Protected Areas Management, Global Tourism, Natural Resource Tourism and Environmental Communication. The Department also offers a unique hybrid nine-month cohort-based Master of Tourism Management program. 

University of Sunderland

The life changing University of Sunderland has 20,000 students based in campuses on the North East coast, in London and Hong Kong and at its global partnerships with learning institutions in 15 countries. We are proud of our long-established commitment to widening participation, our world-leading research, public and private sector collaborations and our track-record for providing quality student experiences that result in graduates who are the tomorrow-makers of our societies and economies.
Our Tourism, Hospitality and Events courses are ranked 1st in the country for Teaching Quality and Student Experience in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

Go on life-changing visits around one of the world’s most iconic cities, meet and learn from inspiring industry guest speakers and work alongside an approachable, vastly-experienced teaching team by studying a Tourism degree at the University of Sunderland in London.

Central China Normal University

Wuhan Branch of China Tourism Academy is approved and established by China National Tourism Administration and China Tourism Academy. It is the only branch established in a university. Wuhan Branch of China Tourism Academy is devoted to theoretical and practical research areas highlighting regional development, tourism resource development and protection, as well as tourism information technology. Wuhan Branch of China Academy has commissioned hundreds of state level, provincial level, and business research projects. It has played a leading role in tourism and regional development research, training, and technical support. 
Meanwhile, the faculty of Wuhan Branch also take teaching responsibilities in the College of Urban and Environmental Science (CUES) of Central China Normal University (CCNU). CUES focuses on relationship and interaction research between humans and nature. It has undertaken a series of unique multidisciplinary academic and planning programs featuring tourism, geography, management, economics, ecology, and GIS, among others. 

University of Pisa

The University of Pisa is a public institution boasting twenty departments, with high level research centers in the sectors of agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine. Furthermore the University has close relations with the Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research, with many cultural institutions of national and international importance, and with industry, especially that of information technology, which went through a phase of rapid expansion in Pisa during the nineteen sixties and seventies. It was officially established in 1343, although a number of scholars claim its origin dates back to the 11th century.

The Degree Program in Sciences in Tourism is directed towards the economic aspect of the tourism market but with a focus also in communication and intercultural exchanges. The course is strongly oriented to inter-disciplinary contents and teaching methods with a focus on specific subjects including: economy, marketing and management, history and art, law and foreign languages, sociology and anthropology. The Campus formula – characterized by limited enrollment and mandatory attendance –allows intensive and personalized instruction, in continuous contact with dedicated professors and tutors. The connection to the world of tourist institutions, businesses and professions is constantly pursued and emphasized, through internships and study tours. 

University of Derby

The University of Derby’s reputation for industry-relevant degree programs offer their 34,000 students unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside their studies. They’ve invested around £100 million over the past five years in some of the best university facilities you’ll find in the UK to ensure their students get the hands-on practical skills and experience employers are looking for. 
The Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management courses are in the top 10 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2017. Derby is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism. The campus in Buxton sits on the edge of the Northern Powerhouse and the Peak District National Park, an area thriving with tourism businesses, providing unique opportunities for provides unparalleled opportunities for real world learning in Outdoor, Events, Hospitality, Tourism, Spa and Wellness. 

University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons

The University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons has over 2,000 students who are trained as experts with strong skills and responsible managers. 

The different bachelor and master programmes range from architecture to management and service design to tourism. In all these areas, research is carried out - the results are drivers for innovation, knowledge and development and also benefit the Swiss society. 

Switzerland has managed to find a new way to bring tourism to the cities and the Alps. This pioneering spirit is practised at the university. The best prerequisites to prepare for a (professional) life in tourism. 

University of Trento

The University of Trento was founded in 1962 and has always aimed at building alliance and reciprocal efficiency with Italian and foreign institutions and organizations. In 1982, the University (until then private) became public, with a statute that guaranteed self-government.  

There are more than 16,000 students, about 600 professors and researchers and the same number of technical and administrative staff: these numbers indicate that the University can provide an ideal environment for study and research.