The Voluntourism Effect: Case Studies and Investigation (Academic Conference)

Just passing this along in case we have any academics:

The GWTTRA (Great Western Travel and Tourism Research Association) 2009 Symposium and Professional Development Seminar will be held in San Diego, CA, March 18-20, 2009.

The theme of the seminar is “The Voluntourism Effect: Case Studies and Investigations”

Call for Presentations

We are seeking proposals for presentations. Practitioners, Academics, and Graduate Students are encouraged to submit proposals. All submitted proposals will be blind-reviewed by three subject experts.

Presentation Proposal Themes:

Presentations should address GWTTRA’s 2009 Symposium topic: Voluntourism (Volunteer Tourism). Proposals should address any of the following themes or other themes relating to Voluntourism or Volunteer Tourism:

1. Volunteer tourism and the community perspectives

2. Volunteer tourism and the voluntourists’ perspectives

3. Volunteer tourism and tour operators/NGO perspectives

4. Best Practices in Volunteer Tourism/Worst Practices in Volunteer Tourism

5. Defining Volunteer Tourism

6. Research Needs in Volunteer Tourism

7. Case-studies in Volunteer Tourism

8. Innovations in Volunteer Tourism

Presentation Formats:

Presentation proposals are being requested for two types of presentation formats:

Presentation Format 1. Seminar (completed studies)

Presentation Format 2. Poster (works in progress)

Presentation Proposal Submission Requirements:

Our goal is to have presentations from representatives of several states. Please send presentation proposals electronically (as an email attachment) to Vinod Sasidharan, Email:, by the December 20, 2008 deadline.

1) Presentation title

2) Presenter(s) / Affiliation(s)

3) Presenter(s) Contact Information

3) Specify Presentation Format: Seminar Presentation or Poster Presentation (please indicate clearly)

3) One page abstract of the presentation including (whenever applicable), purpose of the research project, methods used, conclusions, and how the results of the research were/can be applied to improve tourism management.

Proposal Acceptance Notifications will be sent to authors on or before January 20, 2008.

Symposium Proceedings:

Proceedings of the Symposium will be made available online ( following the Symposium. Presenters selected to present (either Seminar Presentation or Poster) at the Symposium are required to submit a 3000-word paper by the March 16, 2009 deadline so that their work may be included in the online proceedings.

Program Plan for the Symposium:

Day 1 (Wednesday, March 18, 2009)

Pre-Conference and Welcome Keynote Address

-Half-day Pre-conference, starting early morning, involving

Voluntourism activities

-Panel 1: Practitioner and academic joint panel discussion to

identify specific issues in Voluntourism

– GWTTRA Board Meeting

-Welcome Keynote Address (around 6:00 PM), Dinner (around 7:00 PM), poster set-up

Day 2 (Thursday, March 19, 2009)

Keynote Panel, Seminar, Posters, and Panel Resolution

-Keynote Panel Breakfast (early morning)

-Seminar Sessions (practitioners, academics, and students)

-Poster Sessions (practitioners, academics, and students)

-Panel 2 (The Resolution on Voluntourism): Practitioner and academic joint panel discussion to identify specific recommendations for the resolution of issues in Voluntourism

Day 3 (Friday, March 20, 2009)

All-day Voluntourism Project

Conference Hotel:

Conference rate for GWTTRA attendees is $139.00 (available for Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, March 20, 2009).

[Rate does not include the 10.5% San Diego Transit Occupancy tax and the 2% San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment fee and the Hacienda Hotel-Old Town San Diego will add a $5.00 Resort Fee per night to our daily room rate (taxes and surcharges are subject to change). Parking at the Hacienda Hotel is $12.00 per car per night.]

Please mention ‘GWTTRA’ when making reservations.

Hotel Contact Information:

4041 Harney Street o San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 298-4707

Best Western Hacienda Hotel Old Town, San Diego, California

Website 1:

Website 2:

This San Diego hotel in Old Town San Diego offers a true, authentic California Mission atmosphere in a historic setting. The Best Western Hacienda Hotel Old Town is adjacent to the Old Town State Park and minutes from San Diego’s beautiful Balboa, Mission Bay and Belmont parks. Scenic golf courses and numerous beaches are also nearby.

Hotel amenities include free high-speed Internet, an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, exercise facility and meeting space to accommodate up to 125 people. Guests will enjoy a courtesy airport shuttle, an on-site coffee shop and cocktail lounge.

We hope to see you in San Diego!

Questions about the Symposium:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Vinod Sasidharan

School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA 92182-4514 (e)

619-594-4726 (p)

Please visit the following link for more information regarding the Symposium:

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