HTHIC, the Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, International Conference, focuses on the leading question: “How can tourism destinations succeed in attracting tourists while simultaneously engaging all stakeholders in the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage?” 

HTHIC is a not-for-profit initiative co-founded and organised by Elgin & Co. in collaboration with a wide variety of public and private partners. 

Slow has been on the agenda since the first edition of the Conference, HTHIC2014, at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

HTHIC’s purpose requires an understanding of the way we think and choose, perceive risk, happiness and well-being, the importance of which Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman explained so well in his Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Slowness as a characteristic of pilgrimages and long-distance cultural (walking) routes, the Slow Movement which has its origin in Italy, the Slow philosophy with its pursuit of quality of life and heritage conservation are also most relevant for HTHIC’s community.  visit the hthic website >

Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, International Conference HTHIC by Elgin & Co.

HTHIC’s 5 Ps: Preservation, Presentation, Promotion, Profit and Purpose.

HTHIC invites researchers, practitioners and policymakers to share knowledge and experience on aspects of preservation, (re-)presentation, promotion and profit (in the sense of benefits for all involved).

Paying attention to each and all of the four pillars is required to preserve heritage thanks to and despite tourism and to realise our purpose and fifth pillar: the quality of life and wellbeing of human s and non-humans and the co-creation of thriving places.

The conference seeks to advance our knowledge of the dynamics between heritage, tourism by bridging theory and practice, knowledge and experience and fostering a holistic approach.  visit the hthic website >