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May 17, 2023

ISCONTOUR 2023: Outstanding success for IMT students

The International Student Conference in Tourism Research (ISCONTOUR) is an international conference that offers graduates and students a platform to present their research results and exchange knowledge. This year, the students of the study program "Innovation & Management in Tourism" were able to prove the high quality of their work at the conference.

Founded 10 years ago by Roman Egger (FH Salzburg) and Christian Maurer (IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems) with the aim of providing a stage for outstanding master's theses, this year's ISCONTOUR took place in Krems from May 15 to 16. The submitted contributions were distributed across the research areas of destination management, digital marketing, digital transformation, consumer behavior, hospitality management and sustainable tourism management.

Students in the "Innovation & Management in Tourism" program were able to demonstrate the high quality of their research at the conference: The paper "Digital open innovation contests in tourism: an ecosystem theory approach" by students Precious Magtulis, Maria Soledad Godoy Muñoz, Thi Cam Ha Phan and Carlos Inga achieved first place in the Best ICT-related Paper Award. FH Salzburg also secured third place with the paper "The steps from eTourism to smart tourism to the metaverse in the future: A scenario analysis" by Nell Schmidt, Lisa Weigl-Pollack, Christopher J. J. Cunliffe, Ruslan Safarov and Beatrice Paris.

ISCONTOUR offers students and graduate students* the opportunity to present their research findings and to exchange ideas and network with participants from academia, industry, government, and other organizations. Since 2019, ISCONTOUR is jointly organized by IMC Krems and MCI Innsbruck and held alternately at the two locations Krems and Innsbruck. In addition to the presentation of research papers, the conference offers participants* an exciting program every year with workshops on innovative research methods and exciting keynotes. Around 150 students from 18 different countries attended the event in Krems.