Enjoy selected presentations on current topics in tourism.

Opening Ceremony 


Welcome by the hosts at the European Campus Rottal-Inn together with the extended organisation team.

Plenary Session


Co-Creating Value through Smart Environment

Dimitrios Buhalis
Visiting Professor at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, at Bournemouth University Business School in England, UK

Interconnection Zone

A common space available at all times for dialogue, debate and free exchange of ideas.

Please maintain a respectful tone.

Keynote Sessions

Resilience Auditorium

Transformation Processes to more Sustainability in Tourism –
Experiences from Austria and Switzerland
Christian Baumgartner, University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons,

Bavaria Tourism: Insights into
Brand Marketing, Sustainability &
Claudia Mitchell, Bavaria Tourism Marketing, Germany

Health benefits from nature:
implications to tourism development or nature-based tourism development
Liisa Tyrväinen, Natural Resources Institute, Finland (Luke)

Innovation Auditorium

Traditional knowledge in management of natural environment and tourism
Denis Tolkach, James Cook
University, Australia

Sustainable Mobility: Climate-friendly holidays in the Alps
Karmen Mentil, OEAR Ltd, Consultants;
Alpine Pearls, Austria

Sustainable Tourism in the North Caucasus - a Best Practice
Kseniia Gavrilova,
Adventure. Dream. Team, Russia

Research Presentations

Vitality Hall


Healing Alps 2 (HEALPS2) - An
Interreg Alpine Space project to
improve the framework conditions
for nature-based health tourism
Michael Bischof
Spa rehabilitation of cancer patients
as a direction of development of
internal medical tourism in Ukraine
Natalia Vasylieva

Tourism and well-being: The perspective
of residents of Bwindi in Uganda.
James Ssebaggala

Success with heterogeneous guest
segments in health and wellness businesses
Lisa Fickel, Roland Lymann

Reinventing the spa destination
- The case of the Brijuni Islands National Park
Natasa Urosevic



Panel discussion

Destination Earth


The aesthetics and affects of cuteness:
Meeting pandas and knowing the wild
Yulei Guo

Shark diving tourism in the macronesian
islands: Conservation potential and challenges
Pedro Gonzales Mantilla

Is fear affecting tourists’ preferences for wolf conservation in the Italian Alps?
Sandra Notaro

Assessing the futuristic consequences
of hunting ban lifting in Kasane, Botswana
Memory Mukoroverwa

The attitude of the locals towards
tourism in Montenegin Kotor
Jasna Potocnik Topler

Thinking about regional and corporate
resilience in the tourism industry:
Models, empirical research and
first insights by the German hotel industry.
Martin Fontanari, Anastasia Traskevich

Trekking tourism and sustainability
dilemma - A case of Everest base camp
Sitaram Dahal

Evaluation of visitor guidance measures
on the „Hochgehberge“ predicate hiking trails
in the Swabian Alb UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Madita Lemke

Fostering tourism in mountain
regions through corporate heritage.
A case from Italy
Concetta Ferrara



Panel discussion

Sustainability Hall


Residents’ Irritation and Tourism
Regulation in a Destination: Case of Český
Petr Janeček

Local Government’s Role in Governance
of Sustainable Tourism:
Stakeholders´ Perspective from Finland
Sanna-Mari Renfors

Stimuli and obstacles to accessibility
in tourism destinations from a
stakeholders‘ perspective
Lucia Rubio Escuderos

Perceptions of tourism firms on
local landscape and recreation
value trade model implementation
Henna Konu

Nature is in our Minds: Considerations
on why Nature Tourism is on the surge
Monika Bachinger

DMO and sustainability in the
German-speaking Alpine region
Urs Wagenseil, Melanie Wyss

Tourism development at agricultural
economy focused destinations -
A case study in Trilye
Irfan Arikan

BayernCloud Tourism -
OpenData as a basis for sustainable
visitor management and forecasts
Markus Garnitz

Trail design guidelines to identify
cultural landscapes along the
Niagara Escarpment, Canada
Karen Landmann



Panel discussion

Lunch Break


Keynote Sessions

Resilience Auditorium


Insights into tourism research:
Biometric technologies for tourism
IMotions, Software technologies for research
with biometric sensors, Denmark/USA/Asia - 90mins

Initiatives promoting development of
the nature based services and experiences
– evidence from Finland
Raija Komppula, University of Eastern Finland

Tourism and Nature Tourism during the Pandemic
Nikolaos Pappas, University of Sunderland, Great Britain

Innovation Auditorium


Relationship between forest management practices
and nature-based recreation: a conceptual
framework and practical applications
Alessandro Paletto, Council for
Agriculture Research and Economics (CREA), Italy

Establishment of a cooperation network for the development
of sustainable business models for the health tourism use
of forests in Austria and Bavaria (INTERREG AB291)
Sebastian Markov, European Campus Rottal-Inn, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany

Tourism encounters in National Parks - social impacts of Covid19
Iride Azara, University of Derby, Great Britain

Share Your Real Experience: Assessing Tourist Negative Emotions
towards Authentic Food with Self Report and
Physiological Response Methods
Celso Brito, Katerina Volchek, Dimitrios Athanasopoulos, 
EuropeanCampus Rottal-Inn, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany



Resilience Auditorium


Nature-based Tourism and Wellbeing:
Impacts and Future Outlook – Publication
Federico Niccolini, University of Pisa, Italy;
Iride Azara, Eleni Michopoulou, University of Derby, Great Britain

Introduction to the International
Journal of Spa and Wellness -
Comments from the Editor in Chief
Eleni Michopoulou, University of Derby, Great Britain

Resilience Auditorium


Closing Ceremony

Introducing the Tourism Naturally Conference 2022 @Colorado State University, USA

Farewell by the hosts at the European Campus Rottal-Inn together with the extended organisation team