3rd Belgrade International Tourism Conference
Tourism Education in the 21st Century: Policies, Practices, Internationalization
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Following the previous two successful Belgrade International Tourism Conferences we are pleased to announce BITCO 2016 entitled "Tourism Education in the 21st Century: Policies, Practices, Internationalization".
Institutions specialized in education and training of tourism professionals have grown exponentially over the last decades. Much of this process was undoubtedly owing to the global development and overall impact of tourism which has become quite appealing to younger people for pursuing a prospective career.
Many researchers notice that existing tourism study programs are primarily oriented to mastering business skills and practical know-how. There are views in favour of obtaining relevant knowldge within a more comprehensive scope of studies. Only thus could graduate students become occupationally functional and, at the same time, be able to understand the multifaceted phenomenon of tourism. This will be of extreme importance in the future world of turbulences where tourism as such may be vulnerable due to various threats.
Therefore, the crucial issue in educating professionals in tourism industry is to achieve necessary balance between vocational skills and ”liberal aspects of tourism education“. Profesor John Tribe, one of the plenary speakers at the previously held conference - BITCO 2014, is particularly in favour of a curriculum resulting in what he calls ”philosophic practitioners“, i. e. the programs aimed at delivering better service, but also contributing to the construction of a better tourism world.
Another feature of today’s educational system is internationalization. Namely, academic mobility involves students, teachers and researchers travelling to a higher education institution in another country for a certain period of time. Mobile students usually use exchange programs offered at their university such as the Erasmus+ exchange program. Apart from studying and teaching, academic mobility might be an excellent opportunity for researchers to travel, acquire language skills, and explore different cultures.
Belgrade International Tourism Conference - BITCO 2016 is an occasion for both academicians and practitioners to sum up experiences in the field of education and training for the tourism sector as well as to consider examples of good practice and successful international cooperation.
On behalf of the organizer of the Conference, the College of Tourism in Belgrade – one of the oldest educational institutions in the field of tourism in this part of Europe – it is my pleasure and honor to invite you to take part in the BITCO 2016 - 18th to 19th March 2016. We look forward to welcoming you.
Dean of College of Tourism, Belgrade
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February 20th, 2016