Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality

International Conference & Lab

Research Agendas | Best Practices | Hospitable Partnerships


The Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, International Conference (HTHIC) offers unique opportunities to improve the understanding of how to develop a tourism destination that enjoys an outstanding reputation for offering memorable visitor experiences amidst carefully preserved and protected natural and cultural heritage.


Our current LAB, the Heritage & Slow TourismLAB, explores the varying meanings and practices of Slow, including Slow Thinking, Slow Tourism, Slow Travel, Slow Food Travel, Slow Experience, Slow Adventure, Slow Retail, Slow Art, Cittaslow and other Slow Destinations, and its contribution to the preservation of heritage and the well-being of residents and visitors.

Welcome to HTHIC

HTHIC brings together experts – academics and professionals – as well as other individuals involved in, related to or with an interest in the fields and disciplines connected to heritage and tourism, to answer the leading question: “How can destinations succeed in attracting tourists while simultaneously engaging all stakeholders in contributing to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage?”

Bridging gaps

HTHIC bridges research and practice, theory and experience, industries and disciplines. We aim to foster an integrated and holistic approach to responsible tourism and visitor experience development and the co-creation of thriving places characterised by quality of life and sense of belonging.

Logo Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020-2021

The LAB in the news

Our Heritage & Slow TouismLAB meeting of 7 April on “Earth Markets, Sustainability and Slow Tourism” was part of the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020-2021. Terra Madre is the most important international Slow Food Event.

Slow this Autumn

We look forward to welcoming you on 15 September and 27 October. In September Jeong Hyun Kim (Kyung Hee University in South Korea) and Michele Rumiz (Slow Food International) will present “New Approaches to Evaluating and Promoting Slow”. 

The LAB of 27 October will be focussed on Slow Art. Speakers include Maggie Freeman, Global Coordinator for Slow Art Day, and Armand Storck and his colleagues at Antwerp’s Saint Paul’s Church.     

Available for download

“Preceedings” of the Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 4th International Conference (HTHIC2020):
“Living Heritage and Sustainable Tourism”.
Edited by Lorenzo Cantoni, Silvia De Ascaniis and Karin Elgin-Nijhuis.

Cover Preceedings HTHIC2020

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