BEST EN Think Tank XVI, Eberswalde, Germany, 12-15 July 2016


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February 20, 2016

BEST-EN Think Tank

WHAT: BEST EN Think Tank XVI "Corporate Responsibility in Tourism - Standards, Practices and Policies"
WHEN: 12-15 July 2016
WHERE: Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (Eberswalde, Germany)

UPDATED 24 MAY 2016: Ayako Ezaki, TrainingAid Co-Founder and Head of Knowledge Management & Communications, will be presenting at the BEST EN Think Tank. The presentation, "eTraining for Sustainable Tourism: Investing in Skills as Part of Corporate Responsibility and CSV Initiatives", and the corresponding paper to be published as part of the conference proceedings, will focus on the results of the TrainingAid research project "Tourism Skills+Jobs".


Sustainable Tourism Education: Annual Think Tank

BEST EN (Building Excellence in Sustainable Tourism - Education Network) is hosting its Think Tank XVI entitled “Corporate Responsibility in Tourism - Standards, Practices and Policies”, from 12-15 July, 2016 in Eberswalde, Germany. The Think Tank is hosted in partnerships with the ZENAT Centre for Sustainable Tourism, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Berlin-Eberswalde.

The BEST EN is a long established international consortium of educators committed to furthering the development and dissemination of knowledge in the field of sustainable tourism. The Think Tank is open to all students, academics and tourism industry professionals who are interested in furthering education and research for sustainable tourism. A BEST EN Think Tank is about more than presenting papers: in workshop sessions participants co-produce knowledge through brainstorming and discussions to create research and educational materials for use in their research and teaching.

BEST EN Think Tank Program

The Think Tank program features keynote presentations by Dr Xavier Font (Leeds University) and Petra Thomas of forum anders reisen, group discussions, field trips and networking sessions. Detailed conference agenda is available here.

The Think Tank endeavors to examine how corporate social responsibility in tourism has evolved, and the issues and challenges facing the industry. Participants are invited to submit a paper on a relevant topic. Accepted papers are to be published by BEST EN (under the Creative Commons license) in the Think Tank’s electronic proceedings and will be accessible on the BEST EN website. Abstract and Paper submission deadline is March 14, 2016. More information on the Call for Papers is available here.


BEST ENBEST EN is an inclusive and collaborative network of tourism academics and practitioners committed to furthering the creation and dissemination of knowledge within the field of sustainable tourism. BEST EN aims to provide a platform for information, exchange of ideas, knowledge creation and building links and creating partnerships between academics as well as within the tourism industry.

BEST EN has defined several priorities, including knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, online communication and Think Tank planning, which are organized in sub-committees and chaired by executive members. An international advisory board, consisting of renowned senior experts in the field of sustainable tourism, gives advice to the executive committee in terms of strategy, publishing, Think Tank topics and locations, and future development of the network.


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