March 2019
Volume 20, Issue 1
Newsletter of School of Hotel & Tourism Management
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Inaugural China Tourism Forum 2019 – USA
Co-organised by the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University and the SHTM, the inaugural China Tourism Forum 2019 – USA will be held on 21-22 July in Philadelphia, USA. The organisers welcome Fliggy, the travel brand of Alibaba Group, as their strategic partner.

China is one of the world's largest tourism source and destination countries, and its tourism exchange with the USA is growing at a particularly fast pace. In 2017, 3.2 million Chinese tourists visited the USA and 2.31 million tourists travelled from the USA to China. China is now the USA's top source market in terms of visitor spending, and the USA is China's largest long-haul source market. However, future travel between these countries may be affected by factors ranging from ongoing trade tensions to new visa policies, creating tremendous opportunities and challenges for the respective tourism industries. More strategic dialogue between hospitality and tourism researchers and industry leaders in China and the USA is thus needed.

The China Tourism Forum, a major annual event for both academics and industry practitioners in China's tourism and hospitality industry, has been held in mainland China and Hong Kong since 2004. Building on its 14 years of success, the forum will be held outside China for the first time this year. Combining cutting-edge research and practice and connecting Western thinking with Eastern wisdom, the China Tourism Forum 2019 – USA will offer novel insights into China's tourism and hospitality market and foster cooperation and exchange between academics and industry practitioners in the field.

* More academic and industry speakers to be confirmed

Taking the theme "Riding Opportunities Ahead", the Forum will focus on a broad range of current topics relevant to hospitality and tourism around the world, with a particular focus on China. The organisers invite research abstracts on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

Emerging Issues in China's Inbound and Outbound Tourism Big Data and Marketing
Culture and Tourism Development Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Tourism and Hospitality Investment in China and Chinese Investment in Tourism and Hospitality Destination Image and Branding
Information and Technology Development and Smart Tourism in China Green Tourism and Corporate Social Responsibility
Human Resource Management in China's Tourism and Hospitality Industry "One Belt One Road" and Tourism
Business Ethics in China's Tourism and Hospitality Industry Regional Tourism Policy, Planning, and Development
Market Forecasting Sharing Economy in China
Chinese Tourist Behaviour Tourism Economics in China
Social Media Other papers related to the theme of the Forum

Paper Submission
(For academic track only)
  • To present in the academic track of the forum, applicants are invited to submit a 2-page abstract in English. The first page should be a cover page indicating the author's name and affiliation only. Every abstract should be double-spaced and in 12-point font.
  • All submissions should be sent to Dr Yang Yang ( for a double-blind review.
  • The deadline for submission is 22 April 2019, and notification of acceptance will be provided by 17 May 2019.
  • Once a paper has been accepted, at least one of the authors must register to present the paper at the forum.
  • Presented papers will be included in the conference proceedings (in pdf format).
  • For enquiries, please contact Dr Yang Yang (, The U.S.-Asia Center for Tourism and Hospitality Research, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Temple University.
The authors of selected papers presented at the forum may be invited to submit their research to the following top-tier journals for publication consideration:
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research (SSCI listed)
  • Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing (SSCI listed)
  • Journal of China Tourism Research
  • Tourism, Culture & Communication
  • International Journal of Event and Festival Management
Forum Venue
DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
237 S Broad St, Philadelphia
PA 19107, USA

Registration Fees
Early bird (by 21 June) Regular (after 21 June)
Student (with valid student ID) USD195 USD245
Educator, Faculty and Researcher USD275 USD325
Industry Professional and Publisher USD275 USD325

For further information, please visit or contact Dr Qu Xiao (, SHTM, or Dr Xiang (Robert) Li (, The U.S.-Asia Center for Tourism and Hospitality Research, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Temple University, USA.
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