4th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Developing Countries


Universiteit Hasselt - Knowledge in action


28th – 29th July, 2016
Kunduchi Beach Hotel - Dar es salaam, Tanzania


Theme: Innovation, Spatial Design and Sustainable Tourism

The ICST-DC conference organized by the University of Dar es Salaam is a biannual conference focused on the advancement of sustainability goals for the tourism industry.

The 4th conference to be held in July 28th - 29th July  in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania is a collaborative endeavor between the University of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi University (Tanzania), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and University of Hasselt (Belgium).

There is no doubt that tourism is one of the most promising drivers and strategic tools for growth for the world economy. However, it faces a range of significant sustainability-related challenges resulting from its heavy dependence on natural heritage and biodiversity, conflicting interests of stakeholders and provision of tourist facilities among others. Today there is no longer a debate about the need to move towards more sustainable tourism in destinations as the quest for sustainability is already starting to transform the competitive landscape of businesses, influence the demands of the tourists and challenge the relevance of tourism policies and the emergent built environment supporting it. Tourism businesses are now forced to change the way they think about their spatial design, products, technologies, processes, and business models. Policy makers alike are forced to draw policies that advance tourism development that is friendly to the cultural, economic and natural environment. Innovation has a fundamental role to play in improving sustainability and in opening doors for inclusive growth.  By fostering innovation in tourism, the long-term competitiveness of the sector and its sustainability can be achieved.
This conference is thus dedicated to the sharing and dissemination of knowledge on policies, practices, technologies and mechanisms for increasing sustainability, innovativeness and inclusive growth in tourism. It provides a platform for scholars, policymakers, practitioners and others to debate and share experiences on the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges and solutions for sustainable tourism.

Unlike previous ICST-DC editions, the 2016 conference is multidisciplinary in that it brings in the spatial dimension (planning, architecture and design) in tourism development. New trends in tourism demand new spaces and places that can promote the tourism sector while protecting the natural ecosystems and the emergent built environment. Sustainability in tourism has been associated largely with the natural environment with less attention paid to the built environment as part of the broader debate on sustainability yet spatial design is both a problem and solution to achieving sustainability.

Conference sub-themes are:

  1. Drivers and barriers for sustainable tourism
  2. Innovation systems in tourism (clusters, networks, models etc.)
  3. Waterfront design interventions and sustainable tourism
  4. Innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism
  5. Dimensions of innovation in tourism (product, process, business models etc)
  6. Regulatory and policy framework for sustainable tourism
  7. Dynamics of urban tourism and eco-tourism and the built environment
  8. Leadership and management for sustainable tourism
  9. Sustainability, energy, materials, water, waste, in sustainable tourism developments in relation to destination management