Introduction

Sustainable Tourism 2022 is the tenth meeting organised in this successful series. The first was held in Segovia (2004), followed by Bologna (2006), Malta (2008), the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute (2010), A Coruña (2012), Opatija, Croatia (2014), Valencia (2016), Vienna (2018) and online in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, tourism is an important component of development, not only in economic terms but also for knowledge and human welfare. Tourism today is an activity accessible to a growing number of people.

The phenomenon has many more advantages than disadvantages. New forms of economic development and increasing wealth of human societies depend on tourism. Our knowledge of the world now includes a strong component due to tourism. Human welfare has physiological and psychological elements, which tourism promotes, both because of the enjoyment of knowing new territories and increasing contacts with near or far away societies and cultures.

The tourism industry has nevertheless given rise to some serious concerns, including social costs and ecological impacts. Many ancient local cultures have practically lost their identity. Their societies have orientated their economy only to this industry. Both the natural and cultural – rural or urban – landscapes have also paid a high price for certain forms of tourism. These problems will persist if the economic benefit is the only target, leading to economic gains that eventually become ruinous. It is also important to consider that visitors nowadays are increasingly demanding in cultural and environmental terms.

Never before have transport and communication links been so important as today. Natural ecosystems are now a rarity on the planet and ecologists talk today about ‘socio-ecosystems’. Given this, tourism and environmental education are facing a major challenge.

Tourism also plays an important role in the natural environmental changes that are strongly affected by technological and social developments. Natural changes are inherent in the Earth’s ecosystem (the ‘ecosphere’). Also, technological and social changes are inherent to mankind (the ‘noosphere’) and are now becoming widespread. Cities are growing rapidly and industry requires increasingly larger areas. Many traditional rural areas are being abandoned. However, many historic agricultural districts have maintained, or even recovered, their local population numbers through intelligent strategies of tourism focused on nature and rural culture. Natural landscapes and biodiversity are becoming increasingly appreciated. The tourism industry must be able to respond to these aspirations.

This conference aims to find ways to protect the natural and cultural landscape through the development of new solutions which minimise the adverse effects of tourism. This can be achieved through new strategies involving the active collaboration of society as a whole.

All published papers from previous meetings are archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary) where they are easily and permanently available in Open Access format to the international community.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at the conference. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Tourism strategies
  • Environmental issues
  • Climate change
  • Safety and security
  • Tourism as a tool of development
  • Heritage tourism
  • Marine and coastal areas tourism
  • Sport tourism
  • Tourism impact
  • Tourism and protected areas
  • Ecotourism
  • Rural tourism
  • Tourism and technology
  • Industrial tourism
  • Transport and tourism
  • Education and tourism
  • Destination management
  • eTourism
  • Simulation models
  • Social and physical infrastructure
  • Gastronomic tourism
  • The role of the landscape on tourism
  • Dark tourism
  • Project image
  • Sustainability assessments
  • Cultural tourism
  • Medical and health tourism
  • The role of local communities
  • Sustainable business models
  • Problems related to the implementation of sustainable tourism
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at Sustainable Tourism 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at Sustainable Tourism 2022 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3541). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and the American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals. The enhanced paper should not include more than 30% of the conference paper. Please contact the conference coordinator if you would like more information on this opportunity.

Location Information

TallinnTallinn is Estonia’s capital city, situated on the Baltic Sea, 50 miles south of Helsinki, across the Gulf of Finland. Its name, derived from the Estonian for ‘Danish Fort’, is a reminder that the Danes founded the city at the beginning of the thirteenth century. Tallinn has developed into an important political and business centre as well as one of Northern Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. The walled, cobblestoned old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. Other sites include its Estonian History Museum which is dedicated to the country's 20th-century history and the Gothic, towering Town Hall which is among the Baltic regions oldest.

Currency

The Euro is the official currency used in Estonia. Changing money is easy at the many ATMs, banks, hotels and exchange offices that offer currency exchange services. Most credit cards eg. Visa, Mastercard/Eurocard, are accepted in most of the major hotels, restaurants and shops.

Things to do

There are various events and festivals that take place in Tallinn including the Baltika Folk Festival which is held in July and includes a full week of music, dance, exhibitions, and parades with the major theme being Baltic traditions. There are various restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs (typically open until at least midnight on weeknights) there are also various nightclubs that are typically busiest from 23:00 to 03:00. Most shops are open seven days a week.

Places to visit

Tallinn can be broken down into various sectors – all of which have features, which are worth visiting.

The Old Town – Lower Town

At the heart of Tallinn is the Old Town, which was once enclosed by the city’s medieval walls.

  • Town Hall Square: For at least the last seven centuries, the square in front of the Town Hall has been the centre of life in Tallinn. It has also become the traditional centre of the Old Town Days festival, a modern version of a medieval carnival.
  • Town Hall; the only intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe. In 2004 it celebrated its 600th birthday.

Dominican MonasteryThe Latin Quarter

  • Dominican Monastery; the monastery dates back to 1246. It is one of Tallinn’s oldest buildings. It now houses a museum and is often hired out for special events including concerts.
  • Masters’ Courtyard; this site is relatively hidden in a quiet, Old Town courtyard. It is dedicated to crafts and visitors can shop for handicrafts, Jewellery and view art exhibitions.
  • St. Catherine’s Passage; connects two important streets where artists practice their crafts in the streets.

The Old Town – Upper Town

  • Toompea Castle & Hermann’s Tower; this medieval Order Castle is one of Estonia’s oldest and grandest architectural ensembles.
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin (Dome Church); this is the main Lutheran church in Estonia.
  • Danish King’s Garden; located next to Toompea hill – according to an old legend, this is where the Danes first received their national flag.
  • Viewing Platforms; from the top of Toompea Hill you can experience the best views of the city

Beyond the Old Town

St. Brigitta’s Convent; wealthy Tallinn Merchants established Old Livonia’s largest convent, St.Bridget’s, Cloister in 1407. Today only the walls remain, however it is a popular place for sightseeing due to its greenery.

Museums

Most museums are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and bank holidays.

  • Kadriog Palace – Art Museum
  • Museum of Estonian Photography
  • Estonian Open Air Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Museum of Occupation and Fight for Freedom
  • Tallinn City Museum

 

Tourist information link: https://www.visittallinn.ee/

Travel Information

Address of Conference Venue:

Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia
Liivalaia 33, Tallinn 10118
Tel: +372 6315314

 

Reaching Tallinn by Air:

Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport (TLL) Airport is located just 4km from Tallinn city centre. There are direct flights to Tallinn from various European destinations. Airlines operating flights into Tallinn (TLL) include Swiss, Wizz, SAS, Turkish Airlines, LOT, Aegean, Ryanair, Norwegian, Lufthansa, Finnair, Easyjet and Air Baltic.

You can fly directly to Tallinn from Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Istanbul, London, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Riga, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna and Warsaw and Zurich amongst other cities.

For further information, please visit https://www.tallinn-airport.ee/en/

From the Airport to the hotel:

Using a Taxi: The drive takes approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the traffic and the average cost is 8-10 Euro. Taxi rates are not limited by law in Estonia. Before you start your ride, make sure that the rate is acceptable to you and, if possible, ask the driver for the estimated fare.

There is no need to book taxis ahead. Please note that the official taxi partners of Tallinn Airport are Tulika Takso, Tallink Takso, Airport Taxi and Tulika Premium, whose cars will be waiting for passengers right in front of the terminal doors. Although cash (Euros) is preferred, it may be possible to also pay by card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express), you should check this with your taxi driver before the journey.

Please kindly note that Tallinn has 2 Radisson brand hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia and Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, so to avoid any confusion, please use the full hotel title ‘Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia’ or the full correct address when telling the taxi driver your destination.

Using Public Transport: You can take bus 2, 214, 229 or 229A to the Tornimäe stop and walk just 240m to the hotel. Both Tallinn Ühiskaart Transport Card and single tickets can be used on city buses. Tickets are sold by the bus driver at the entrance to the bus, the ticket price is 2 euros.

Map

Tallinn Map 

 

Reaching Tallinn by Sea

The Tallinn-Helsinki sea-lane is one of the busiest international passenger routes in the world. There are ferries between Tallinn and Helsinki several times a day and the travel time is approximately four hours. The following companies run services to Tallinn: www.tallink.com and www.eckeroline.ee, www.vikingline.com.

From the port, you can take bus 2 from the Reisisadam stop to the Tornimäe stop and walk 250 meters to the hotel.

 

Reaching Tallinn by Road

International coach and bus lines (National Express, Lux Express Group, Ecolines) connect Tallinn to various European cities. Both international and domestic bus services arrive and depart from Tallinn’s Central Bus Station, located in the city centre. The bus station is only 1 km from the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia and travel time by taxi from the bus station is approximately 5 minutes or take bus 2, 15, 214, 229A, or 244 to the Tornimäe stop, which is just 240m from the hotel.

 

Reaching Tallinn by Train

There are regular international train connections to Tallinn from Moscow, the Baltic states and the CIS countries. For information please see the website http://www.gorail.ee/en/

The Baltic railway station is situated near the Old Town. From the station, hop on any bus going to the Kivisilla stop and walk 300 meters to the hotel. You can also take any bus going to the Viru stop and walk 700 meters to the hotel. It is also possible to take tram 1 or 2 to Hobujaama, then walk 600m to the hotel.

 

Getting Around in Tallinn

Tallinn is a small and highly compact city, so the easiest way to get to most places, particularly in the Old Town and city centre, is on foot.

The public transport network operates from 6:00 to 23:00 (some lines until 24:00). It is possible to pay for a one-hour ticket, one day ticket and buy a multiple journey card. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines at the airport, central bus station and port terminals. It is also possible to pay with a contactless payment card* (Mastercard, Maestro, Visa and Visa Electron) at the rectangular orange validators in the front of the vehicle

The ticket system works on a random inspection basis, so you can board via any door and don't have to show anything to the driver. You must, however, have a validated ticket or you risk a €40 fine.

More information is available on the website:
https://www.visittallinn.ee/eng/visitor/plan/transport/public-transport

 

Please note that all of the information included above is correct as of September 2021. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Address of Conference Venue

Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia
Liivalaia 33
Tallinn 10118
Estonia
Tel: +372 6315314

Venue Information

The conference will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia, Tallinn.

Conveniently located in the city centre, the hotel sits near the busy harbour and is only 4 km from Lennart Meri Airport, and a 12-minute walk from Tallinn's medieval Old Town. There are also bus and tram stations nearby for local sightseeing. The hotel has 390 rooms, all with free Wi-Fi and in-room coffee and tea facilities.

Accommodation

To book your accommodation at this hotel, please fill out their online booking form no later than 22nd April 2022: Online Booking Form.

If you have any issues when completing the accommodation form, please the hotel using the following contact details.

Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: +372 6315 315

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Additional Information

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