International Conference “Changes and Perspectives of Tourism in a Reshaped World” May 25-26, 2023, Vilnius, Lithuania

May 25-26, 2023, Vilnius, Lithuania

About the Conference

The International Conference “Changes and Perspectives of Tourism in a Reshaped World” is organised by the Institute of Sociology at the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences (Vilnius, Lithuania).

The COVID-19 pandemic had an irreversible impact on the tourism sector. The pandemic was a period of transformations for all tourism sector, including tourism business enterprises, state tourism institutions and tourists themselves. In this Conference the attention is paid to the changes of tourism and perspectives of tourism in a reshaped World. The goal of this Conference is to evaluate the lessons of the COVID-19 and to reveal the new reality of tourism sector. Are the changes in tourism related to a return to normal or return to the past? The tourism sector introduced new technological and non-technological innovations during the pandemic. Has the pandemic accelerated the uptake of more sustainable and responsible tourism? Social, environmental, and technological factors should be analysed in the post-COVID-19 era. Is this reshaped World related to new opportunities for tourism, including such sustainable business development, adaptation of environmentally friendly innovations, and digitalization.

Various new challenges may threaten the social, economic, or environmental sustainability of tourism businesses (e.g the ongoing war in Ukraine shouldn’t be forgotten at the analysis of the tourism trends), as well as challenges to the health or security of the different world regions or the entire world.

Do we see the processes of re-shaped mindset and preferences of tourists. Is future of tourism related to sustainable, technologically advanced, and community-based tourism development?

What kind of new tourism models can ensure a rapid response to unforeseen events in future? New technological innovations and new business models let to develop new attractiveness criteria for the local tourism destinations. The Conference tackles such topics as the tourist motivation to behave differently, the speed of adaptation to the changing conditions and the innovative changes that appeared in the tourism and leisure management.

The aim of this Conference is to provide both empirical and analytical personal insights into the changing nature of tourism in society and to further the debate for both policy-makers and academics to consider these evolving challenges within the future development of tourism sector.

The Conference is organized in the frame of the research project ” Changes and prospects in the tourism sector following the COVID- 19 pandemic, ” which has received funding from European Regional Development Fund (project No 13.1.1-LMT-K-718-05-0009) under grant agreement with the Research Council of Lithuania (LMTLT). The project is funded as European Union’s measure in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Conference Themes

The key themes of the Conference include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism
  • Tourism in Post Pandemic World
  • The Impact of Globalization on Tourism
  • Tourism and Innovations
  • Information technologies (IT), Artificial intelligence (AI), automation, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in Tourism
  • Sustainability, Climate Change and Tourism
  • Security and Health Safety in Travelling
  • Motivation in Tourism
  • Sustainable and Responsible Tourism
  • Transformations of Travelling Experience
  • Managing and Promoting Tourism Sites
  • Mobilities and Tourism
  • Management of the Crisis in Tourism
  • New Social Environment for Tourists
  • Facing New Challenges for Tourism (War in Ukraine)
  • Various Political Challenges and Tourism
  • Re- Tourism and New Tourism Models
  • Risks and Conflicts at Tourism Destinations
  • Governmental Support for Tourism Sector
  • Migration Processes and Tourism
  • New Theoretical Perspectives on Tourism

Organizers and Scientific Committee

Hosted by:

Institute of Sociology at the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences

Please check the conference website for further information,

Organizing and Scientific Committee:

Darius Liutikas (Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)

Julija Mažuolienė (Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)

Viktorija Baranauskienė (Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)

Gintarė Pociūtė-Sereikienė (Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)

Edikas Kriaučiūnas (Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)

Donatas Burneika (Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)

Keynote speakers

Razaq Raj, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Presentation Title:

Transformational Changes To The Tourism Industry: Tourism Experience After COVID-19 And Resilient In The Future

Short Bio:

Dr Razaq Raj is an internationally renowned academic with extensive experience in teaching, research, leadership and Managements in the UK, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, China, Japan and South Korea. He is Associate Professor in Business Strategy and Financial Management and is a Visiting Professor at the Kedge Business School, France and Honorary Professor University of Vitez, Bosnia. He is founding co-editor of the Journal Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage and Series Editor, CABI Religious Tourism & Pilgrimage Book Series. He has published work on strategic management, economic and financial impacts, cultural festivals and sustainable tourism and religious tourism. He has both organised international conferences and delivered keynote speeches. He has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Important Dates

Abstract submissions:

5 May 2023

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:

6 May 2023

Conference Registration Deadline:

7 May 2023

Full Paper Submission:

31 July 2023

No Fee Policy

There is no Conference fee for those who are selected to deliver papers.

The main emphasis for acceptance at Conference is based on Abstracts, which apply to the main themes of the Conference. Authors who have received abstract approval must submit a full paper by the deadline.

The authors of 30 best abstracts will be invited to the Conference.

Costs of the Conference will be covered from the research project ”Changes and prospects in the tourism sector following the COVID- 19 pandemic”, which has received funding from European Regional Development Fund (project No 13.1.1-LMT-K-718-05-0009) under grant agreement with the Research Council of Lithuania (LMTLT).

Free participation includes delivering presentation at the Conference venue, tea and coffee, lunches and Gala Dinner.

We recommend to stay in St. Palace hotel, Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

If you have any questions related to the participation, accommodation and transport, please contact organizers:


The Conference participant registration form can be found here.

There is no Conference fee for the paper presenters, including the excursion in Vilnius Old City on 26 May and  Gala Dinner on 25 May.

If you have any questions related to the participation, accommodation and transport, please contact organizers:


The conference organisers have an impressive track record of successfully publishing papers from their events. Following review, suitable papers that are submitted according to the deadline, will be published in the selected international journal of tourism. Eligible papers will be also published in a book prepared by the organizers, which will be published by one of these prestigious publishing houses Springer Nature, CABI or Routledge. Paper length should be approximately 3000-5000 words.

Paper requirements


Book of Abstracts


Full Papers

Location of Conference 

The online sessions will be organized on 26 of May.

The Conference takes place in the capital of Lithuania – Vilnius.

The Conference venue place – St. Palace hotel,

Official language in Lithuania: Lithuanian, with English and Russian widely spoken.

Local currency: Euro €.

Country dialing code: 00370 or +370.

Emergency number: 112.

Vilnius is Lithuania’s capital city and known for its baroque architecture, most noticeable in its medieval Old Town. The Old Town were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The city has a rich history in terms of cultural heritage.

More about Vilnius you can read here:


By plane

The main airports in Lithuania are in the cities of Vilnius and Kaunas (Kaunas is about 110 km from Vilnius). Direct flights are available from all major international centres in Europe as well as from any larger city via one connecting flight.

Vilnius International Airport (VNO) (Rodūnios road 10A) is the largest civil airport in Lithuania and is located 6 km south of the city centre. There is a number of international airlines operating in Vilnius airport.

By bus

There is a choice of international bus lines connecting Vilnius with other European cities. There are direct buses to Lithuania (Vilnius) from Latvia, Poland, Estonia, etc. The main carriers – Lux Express, Eurolines and Ecolines.


By bus:


Runs every 40-50 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport at 05:49AM, the last one at 22:23PM;


Runs every 8-10 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport a 05:22 AM, the last one leaves at 23:11 PM;


Runs every16-17 minutes. First bus leaves from the airport a 05:16 AM, the last one leaves at 01:39 PM.

Bus times are available at bus stops or on the website

Once you have boarded public transportation, you can purchase a one way ticket from the driver that costs 1 euro. You need to mark the paper ticket at one of the several small red metal ticket validators found on the stands in the bus or by placing it in the yellow electronic ticket validator.

By train:

Distance from the airport to Vilnius Railway station is about 5 km, the journey takes up to 8 minutes. Trains run approximately every 40 minutes. The schedule can be found at Tickets can be purchased on the train or at Vilnius Railway Station. Train timetable is available on

By taxi:

Next to the airport there is a taxi rank. There are always plenty of taxis there. You can also call a taxi by phone or to book a taxi at Vilnius Tourist Information Centre (Airport Arrival Hall).

Transport links from airport to conference hotel, will be updated later.


There are many hotels, guest houses and other accommodation places in Vilnius.

We recommend to stay at the hotel St. Palace, It is a brand new charming boutique hotel, located in a historical building in the heart of the Old town of Vilnius, will surprise guests with the elegance and uniqueness of its superior interior. Conference participants can use the promo code VILNIUSTOUR23 to get a discount. The code activation and discount starts 11 April, 2023. 

You can make your booking by filling in the attached hotel reservation form and returning it to

Or you can book online via . After entering page, you should push “Book your stay” button, when select your stay dates, number of people in the room and enter promotional code VILNIUSTOUR23. Then you can select room type. All prices for conference delegates include buffet breakfast.  After you make reservation, you will get a payment link which request to guarantee your booking by authorizing your credit card and paying for the stay. Hotel will issue invoices if required according to the details you will supply.

Promotional code will not be valid if booking is made through any third parties sites ( Expedia,, etc.)

Conference programme

Venue: St. Palace Hotel,

Address: Aušros Vartų str. 6, Vilnius, Lithuania

THURSDAY 25 May 2023


Registration and welcome coffee


Welcome speeches


Keynote speech


Project presentation


Questions and Discussion




Session No. 1 (Onsite)


Coffee Break


Discussion with tourism stakeholders – TIC’s representatives


Gala Dinner


FRIDAY 26 May 2023


Session No. 2 (Onsite and Online)




Session No. 3 (Online)


Coffee Break


Closing Speeches


Free Time


Excursion in Vilnius Old City (on foot)



Abstract Submission Process

Formatting of Abstracts

  • Initial Abstracts should be 500 words, and not exceed 2 pages of A4 (including title, data, figures and references).
  • Please use 10-point Arial font, single- spaced and set margins to 1 inch (2.54cm) all around.
  • Abstracts will be subjected to blind review by a minimum of two referees from the Scientific Committee. 
  • Please include a list of five keywords that describe the research just under the title of the paper – to assist the reviewing process.
  • Include at least 3 bibliographic references at the bottom of the abstract.

Submission Process

Authors must include the following information in the abstract:

  1. name(s) of (all) author(s);
  2. affiliation(s) of (all) author(s); and;
  3. e-mail address of (all) author(s); (es). 

Submit your abstract and paper via the email

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