Following the success of the previous International Conferences on Tourism, the organizing committee has decided to continue the initiative with the organization of the 5rd conference that will be held in Bucharest, Romania.
Starting with the fourth edition, the organizing committee has decided that the acronym of the Conference to be CACTUS, given being the close relationship between the objectives of the Conference and Association of the Academic Research in Tourism and Services (CACTUS) of the Department of Tourism and Geography that organizes this Conference.
Most destinations worldwide have been, and continue to be, subject to tremendous visitor pressures with both positive and negative consequences. As a result much debate has been raised on whether tourism is beneficial for tourism destinations or whether tourism creates the seeds of a destination’s destruction. However, there is still discussion on philosophical stances on which are the appropriate policies and management techniques to ameliorate tourism problems and achieve sustainable tourism development, as well as on the significant role played by the local government in the development of tourism. Bearing all these in mind, this conference aims to add to this debate by stimulating discussion and exchange of ideas between tourism professionals, academics, researchers, policy-makers, consultants, practitioners, government officials and postgraduate students from all tourism-related fields.
CACTUS 2015 will also give participants an opportunity to combine an effective conference with a short trip near Bucharest.