AIEST Congress 2008

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 11 April 2008



(2008), "AIEST Congress 2008", Tourism Review, Vol. 63 No. 1.



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AIEST Congress 2008

Article Type: Call for papers From: Tourism Review, Volume 63, Issue 1.

Whistler, Canada, (Winter Olympic Games 2010 Vancouver/Whistler), 7-11 September 2008

Real estate market: impacts on tourism destinations

Workshop contribution

The rationale for the topic

For some years now there has been a genuine boom in the holiday properties market. Demand is still growing and is rapidly becoming internationalised. There are various drivers of the development such as new residences near golf courses or residential development for retirement.

Entrepreneurs in the property market are investing in the best sites, in both new and traditional destinations. And they have developed new business models designed to make the acquisition of property as attractive as possible.

The strength of this growth in the holiday property market is a major factor for development. At its best this growth makes it possible to create new tourism centres and to revitalise the often rigid and poorly utilised structures of the existing tourism regions. It is also an enabler of urban development and repositioning of destinations. At its worst it results in under-utilisation of beds in the traditional hotel and parahotel accommodation sectors, as well as high rents for local residents and a disruptor of destination appeal and by this a reduction of destination attractiveness.

A relative high share of second homes in a destination is often considered as an indicator that the positive impacts on on the product cycle are disappearing and the destination starts to decline.

After having received approximately 20 papers for the AIEST Congress plenary sessions after a double blind review process AIEST would like to invite both existing and potential members of the association to submit papers for the workshop sessions (work in progress papers), based either on scientific research or case studies in the field, in the following specific areas:

  • Structure and development of the world wide real estate market. What are the reasons for investing and acquiring? Which are the drivers investments in tourism and leisure properties?

  • The new business models in the leisure, business and city tourism market. What is the offer and demand for new forms of property? What types of accommodation are involved and why do we speak of ``hybrid'' forms of accommodation?

  • The socio-economic impacts of the real estate market. What is the impact of the new real estate developments to residents?

  • Real estate strategies for destinations. How to take advantage of the holiday property market?

  • Solutions for managing the existing capacity dilemmaunder-utilisation of existing capacities. What can be done about so-called ``cold'' beds or even frozen?

  • Public-private measures to achieve effective governance better control of development of the holiday property market. Should investment in tourism-related real estate be encouraged or discouraged by the communities or the State? What regulations could be adopted?

Your papers or at least a paper concept should be e-mailed before 30 June 2008 to: The length of the workshop paper should not exceed ten pages including bibliography (font: Arial, font size: 11, line spacing: 1,5). The abstracts are going to be reviewed by the scientific committee of the congress. The presented papers at the AIEST Congress 2008 will not be published in the congress proceedings but are mentioned on the official conference program and could be foreseen for publication in the Tourism Review after a double blind review process as well on the homepage of AIEST. We encourage the authors to bring a number of photo copies to the workshop for distribution (approximately 20 copies).

Further information

Further information about the AIEST Congress 2008 in Whistler/Canada you may find on the web site of AIEST ( as well about the organisation itself. If you would like to contact AIEST please write an e-mail to:

Professor Dr Peter Keller, President of the AIESTProfessor Dr. Thomas Bieger, Secretary General of the AIEST

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