Surrey 2023 Conference

University of Surrey, UK, 5 - 7 July 2023

Under the theme of “Bringing Hospitality, Tourism, Transport and Events Back for Good”, the Surrey 2023 Conference will bring together researchers, educators, students, practitioners and policymakers to share visions, expertise, experiences and best practices in hospitality, tourism, transport and events to create an action framework for building a more responsible and resilient industry.

Call for contributions

We welcome contributions on topics related to the following scientific tracks (refer to the specific call within the track). We welcome PhD students to submit abstracts or posters to all tracks.

Ways to contribute

  1. Oral presentation. Submit a 500-word abstract by 6 January 2023. Outcomes will be communicated to authors by 3 February 2023. Please use the submission template (docx) to write your contribution.  
  2. Poster/interactive media presentation. Submit a poster/dashboard/video presentation by 10 February 2023. Outcomes will be communicated to authors by 24 February 2023. 


Special track contributions

We also encourage contributions to the various special tracks (refer to the specific call for the types of contribution):

Track chairs

Scientific track chairs

Track 1. Human Flourishing. Chairs: Dr Tracy Xu, Dr Sumeetra Ramakrishnan, Dr Anke Winchenbach

Track 2. The Environment. Chairs: Prof Xavier Font, Dr Viachaslau Filimonau

Track 3. Digital Futures. Chairs: Dr Brigitte Stangl, Prof Caroline Scarles, Prof Iis Tussyadiah

Track 4. Education. Chairs: Mr Mark Ashton, Prof Anita Eves, Dr Lorna Wang

Track 5. Business & Policy. Chairs: Prof Nigel Morgan, Dr Yanning Li

Track 6. Competitiveness. Chairs: Prof Gang Li, Dr Marion Karl

Special track chairs


Special Track. Gender, Entrepreneurship and Social Policy. Chairs: Dr Albert Kimbu, Dr Bora Kim

Special Track. Human Rights and Major Events. Chair: Dr James Kennell

Special Track. Sustainable Aviation. Chairs: Nicole Cocolas, Dr Nadine Itani, Dr Frankie O'Connell

​Special Track. Open Research. Chairs: Dr Pablo Pereira Doel, Dr Yoo Ri Kim

The David Airey Award for Best Contribution in Tourism

We are delighted to introduce The David Airey Award for Best Contribution in Tourism at the Surrey 2023 Conference. Honouring the signifcant contribution of Professor David Airey to the University of Surrey and to education and research in tourism and hospitality, this award is to recognise an outstanding contribution in the extended abstract category. 

Surrey has been at the forefront of tourism education and research now for 50 years – a golden anniversary. In October 1972 twelve students enrolled at the University on the first postgraduate programme in tourism in England. Since then, thousands of students have completed the Surrey courses in tourism and hospitality and have gone on to play key roles in this sector. At the same time, from some of the very first books about tourism produced by Surrey academics, researchers at Surrey have been world leaders in exploring, and explaining the challenges presented by tourism: from its economic impacts, to its role in sustainability, and to its use of modern technologies. This 2023 conference is the latest in the long line of similar conferences held at the University over these 50 years. Each one has provided an opportunity to bring researchers and scholars to one of the homes of tourism studies to explore with Surrey scholars the latest challenges which are facing this major world activity. The 2023 conference comes at a key point when tourism is shaking off the effects of the pandemic only to be challenged by economic turmoil, international conflict as well as by transforming technologies, climate change and social issues: this is a great setting for exploring what all this means for tourism and for developing the agenda for future tourism studies – a golden opportunity. We look forward to some great contributions from scholars across the world. Professor David Airey, Emeritus Professor

Fast Track Publication Opportunity

Editors from the Journal of Sustainable Tourism will review the abstracts submitted to the conference, and will provide advice to early career researchers as to the readiness to publish of the work presented.

The authors of the top 10 abstracts will be invited to submit their papers to JoST with a fast-track process.

The Surrey Good Bucket List

At the conclusion of the conference, we aim to produce The Surrey Good Bucket List, a list of targets and accomplishments that we set to achieve in the next 5-10 years, along with guiding principles for what constitutes good for hospitality, tourism, transport and events. To optimise the impact of the conference, the consensus will be developed into academic papers and policy briefs.  

Do you have an agenda item to add to the list prior to the conference? Start contributing to the discussion on our Padlet. 


Registration Fees

Registration will be open from 3 February 2023, more information will be available soon.

Fees cover access to all sessions, lunches, coffee breaks and dinner on 5 and 6 July 2023.

Early bird fees (until 3 April 2023)

  • Early Bird full conference £400

Full fees (from 4 April 2023)

  • Regular ticket full conference £500
  • Student delegate full conference £250
  • Delegates from developing nations £350*
  • Day delegates £175

*This is based on the country the delegate works in, please check this list for eligibility

Conference programme

Our Commitment to Sustainable Event

Sustainability Statement

The School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at the University of Surrey are committed to becoming a Net Zero University by 2030 and already has policies in place to keep waste and carbon emissions to a minimum.


Reducing Waste

All University of Surrey catering outlets aim to minimise packaging and where possible utilise compostable materials. 

We will not be printing conference programmes and printing in general will be kept to a minimum. All conference details will be available on the website.


The Surrey 2023 Conference will implement a decarbonisation plan by covering up to 50% of carbon offset cost for all international delegates travelling to Surrey by air. 


Conference Venue

The conference will be held on the Stag Hill Campus at the University of Surrey. The main venue is Austin Pearce Building (#5). We will use several rooms in Rik Medlik Building (#18) for the parallel sessions.

Please see the University of Surrey Website for more details about our campus, learn more about AP accessibility from AccessAble Website, and contact us if you have any queries.

Travel Information

The University of Surrey is based in the South East of England in Guildford. It is accessible by car, train, coach, and transfer from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. 

By Car

If using a sat nav please enter the postcode GU2 7XH.

By Train

Guildford is located between London Waterloo and Portsmouth and has train services which run every half hour for a duration of approximately 40 minutes. For full details of these train services visit: National rail website.

Once at the station it is possible to walk to the campus in around 10/15 minutes.  For full directions enter the postcode GU2 7XH into Google Maps. It is also possible to get a bus straight to the campus by getting on the number 1 or the number 17, which runs between the station and a number of locations in the University.

By Coach

A National Express coach (number SH030) runs services to and from the Everton Road/Tesco stop which is a short walk from the University.

From the Airport

Guildford has a number of hotels in the area which are within walking distance of the train station and close to the Town Centre. A number of bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs can also be found in Guildford and across Surrey. 




Conference organising committee

Conference Administrator


Victoria Perry

Conference Administrator

Conference Chairs

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Dr Jonathan Skinner

Programme Chair

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Dr Emily Ma

Scientific Chair