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?” 

The conference is a not for-profit initiative of Frank Go (the late professor of Tourism Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University) and Karin Elgin-Nijhuis and organised by Elgin & Co. in collaboration with a wide variety of partners. 

While preparing the first edition, HTHIC2014 at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, it became clear that Slow Thinking and the Slow philosophy and movement with its pursuit of quality of life and focus on the preservation of heritage was particularly relevant for the HTHIC community. Slow has been on the agenda since.  
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HTHIC’s five 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, profit (in the sense of benefits for all involved).

Paying attention to each and all of these four pillars is required to preserve heritage thanks to and despite tourism and to realise our purpose and fifth pillar: the co-creation of thriving places and tourism destinations.

The conference seeks to advance our knowledge of the dynamics between heritage, tourism and well-being by bridging research and experience, theory and practice and fostering a holistic approach.