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Transportation issues

Track chair: Derek Robbins, Bournemouth University

Transport services are essential for the effective operation of the visitor economy. Tourism relies on transport to transit visitors between their home area and the tourist destination. Visitors also use transport services to retain mobility in the tourist destination, and yet the relationship between transport and tourism remains relatively under-researched. Transport is a derived demand with the peak periods of demand determined by when tourists desire to travel. However there are operational constraints to serving highly peaked demand profitably and the capacity of both transport operators and the transport infrastructure capacity, for example road, airport and port capacity is finite. Strategies to meet highly uneven patterns of demand remain a challenge to operators, planners and researchers.

Newer areas of research include the motives of travellers and how it influences their choice of mode of transport. The concept that transport is a disutility with a monetary value to  time savings are increasingly being challenged, both  for some leisure travel and more recently also other mainstream transport  purposes. Concepts such as travel as a leisure activity and slow travel have attracted increasing attention from researchers.

Transport markets have increasingly become deregulated increasing competition for some  transport modes. Amongst the most dramatic developments over the last  20 plus  years is the emergence of Low Cost Carriers (LCCs)  in aviation, particularly on short haul routes in many global markets.  Their innovative operating  strategies,  discriminatory pricing strategies  (now being copied  by other modes and indeed other industries),  the role of service quality and customer satisfaction,  and  the scope to transfer the operating model to long haul services are attracting increasing research interest.

The UNWTO has clearly identified transport as tourisms most significant contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and there is an increasing body of research on developing more sustainable transport approaches to serving tourists.

Other important challenges facing Governments, planners and transport operators include the provision of safe and secure services. Both vehicles and terminals (such as airports and railway termini) are vulnerable and there is a developing research agenda to improve security.

The theme includes:

  • Strategies for  serving tourism demand efficiently and profitably
  • Mobility in the tourist destination
  • Motives for transport modal choice
  • Deregulated transport markets and competition
  • The impact of  low cost carriers on the aviation industry
  • Transport as a leisure activity
  • Slow travel
  • Sustainable transport
  • Transport and climate change
  • Safety and security of transport services.

Call for papers

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2017
  • Confirmation of acceptance: 30 June 2017
  • Last date for early bird registration: 14 July 2017
  • Deadline for registration: 18 Aug 2017

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