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IRNIST Sport Tourism Conference 2018

17 April 2018 - 20 April 2018

STC’18 IRNIST Conference: Sport Tourism and Local Sustainable Development

Major topics:

(1) Sport Tourism and quality of life

(2) Sport Tourism and regional development

(3) Sport Tourism, actors, strategy and responsiblity


The presentations will be held by our collegues coming from 17 different countries including France, Croatia, Turkey, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, Germany, Czech Rep., Italy, Morocco, Spain, Taïwan, India, Algeria, USA, UK and China.

The best presentations will be given the opportunity of a written publication in a volume devoted to the conference’s papers, provided by one the most prestigious publishing houses in sport tourism (including Journal of Sport Tourism and Services, (ESCI) / International Sports sudies (ESCI) / Cambridge Scholar Publishing).


We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference !


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Call for proposals




Scientific committee

President: Claude Sobry

Sorina Cernaianu, Ricardo MeloIrena SlepickovaDerek van Rheenen, Malek Bouhaouala, Kristina Bucar, Xijia Liu, Nicolas Lorgnier, John Saunders, Fabien Wille, Patrick Bouchet, Pedro Guesdes Carvalho, Sarah Mischler, Guillaume Penel, Christophe Pecout, Arnaud Waquet, Yann Carin, Barbara Mazza

 First call for Proposals   Proposal TEMPLATE   Second call for Proposals

Organizing Committee

President: Claude SOBRY (claude.sobry@irnist.com)

Vice presidents: Philippe CAMPILLO (philippe.campillo@univ-lille2.fr) and Orsolya CZEGLEDI (orsolya.czegledi@irnist.com)

Members: Alessandro Porrovecchio, Guillaume Richard, Ziad Rahal, Sarah Mischler, Alexandra Torero-Ibad


Keynote Speakers




Provisional conference schedule:


Tuesday 17 April

8:30 – 9:00      Opening reception at the MESHS (Maison Européenne des Sciences Humaines et Sociales)

9h00 – 9:30     Word of welcome / Opening speeches

  • Philippe SABOT, Vice-Rector of the University of Lille, Vice-Chancellor (of Research in Human and Social Sciences)
  • Guillaume PENEL, Dean of the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education
  • Fabien WILLE, Director of the Social Sciences research unit of URePSSS
  • Claude SOBRY, President of IRNIST

9:30 – 10:15    Keynote speech: Sean GAMMON: “What quality? Whose life? Exploring the quality of life landscape in sport tourism”

10:30 – 10:45   coffee break

10:45 – 12:30   Presentations session 1

Chairman: Alexander HODECK

  • Elsa PEREIRA, Margarida MASCARENHAS, Adão FLORES, Laurence CHALIP, Gustavo PIRES: Leveraging of a sports events portfolio: developing sport dynamics.
  • Carlos CRUZ, Alexandre LOPES, Pedro G. CARVALHO: Economic impact of a small sport event: a case study in Portugal.
  • Bruno RODRIGUES, Elsa PEREIRA, Margarida MASCARENHAS: Profile and consumption patterns of non-residents spectators of a football sport event held in Madeira island
  • Sanela ŠKORIĆ, Josip MIKULIĆ, Petra BARIŠIĆ: Characteristics of sport event visitors: the case of eurobasket 2015


12:30 – 14:00  Lunch


14:00 – 15:30  Presentations session 2

Chairman: Sorina CERNAIANU

  • Kristina BUČAR: Social responsible tourists behavior as a way to achieve sustainable tourism development (videoconference)
  • Eva SCHWARZHOFFOVA: Project European city of sport and tourism in the Czech Republic.
  • Jasenka KRANJČEVIĆ: Traditional rural games as a resource for sustainable local development.

15:30 – 16:00  Coffee break


16:00 – 17:30  Presentations session 3

Chairman: Tor Arne GJERTSEN

  • Engin DERMAN: The role of nature sports and water sports in Manavgat destination management and branding: The sample of canoe sports.
  • Orsolya, CZEGLEDI, Philippe, CAMPILLO, Philippe, MASSON: Work and leisure at the third place, an innovative approach to leisure park management.
  • Tor Arne GJERTSEN: The role of sport tourism in crisis-struck resource communities in the northern periphery: A comparison of the community impact of Svalbard ski Marathon in Longyear City, Norway, and ‘Emperor’s Challenge’, a half-marathon mountain race in Tumbler Ridge, northern BC, Canada.


Wednesday 18 April

9:00 – 9:45 Keynote speech: Mike WEED: “Local development strategies for Sport Tourism: Evidences and outcomes”

9:45 – 10:30 Presentations session 4

Chairman: Sanela SKORIC

  • Mohammed Mounir BENABDELHADI, Gharib BOULERBAH, Ahamed Ramzi SIGH, Ahmed BENABDELHADI: The local population’s awareness of the social, economic and environmental impacts of organizing small sporting events. Case study of the international half marathon in Bejaia.
  • Sorina CERNAIANU, Claude SOBRY: The supply of sport tourism in the communication of Romanian tourism fairs’ exhibitors

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break


10:45 – 11:30  Presentations session 5

Chairman: Sean GAMMON

  • Ricardo MELO, Diogo LEITE: The professional culture of the Portuguese nature sports technicians
  • Alžbeta, KIRÁĽOVÁ: Marketing sports tourism to generation y and generation z.

11:30 – 12:30 Special session 1

  • Ricardo MELO, Orsolya CZEGLEDI: Road races international research: the main results


12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

14:30 – 16:30  Social time and Guided tour in Lille

17:00 – 19:30 Special session 2

C. SOBRY, D. VAN RHEENEN: Presentation of the three next research topics:

  • Socially responsible sport tourists behavior;
  • The impact of Sport Tourism on a constraining environment;
  • Sport Tourism and disability


Thursday 19 April

9:00 – 9:45      Keynote speech: Heather GIBSON: “How sport tourism contributes to local development and has implications for the social, economic and environmental wellbeing. The case of Florida”

9:45 – 10:15    Coffee break

10:15 – 12:30  Presentations session 6

Chairman: Derek Van Rheenen

  • Barbara MAZZA, Alessandra PALERMO: Half marathons Communication: strategies for the promotion of sport tourism in Italy
  • Céline VIAL, Eric BARGET: Economic, social and environmental impact of Alltech FEI World Equestrian
  • Alexander HODECK, Gregor, HOVEMANN, Olivia WOHLFART: Segmentation of Active Nature tourists – the case of trail runners attending the SachsenTrail 2017
  • Malek BOUHAOUALA : Definition and organisation of Mountain Sport Tourism from the concept of Business Ecosystem


12:30 – 14:00  Lunch


14:00 – 15: 30 Presentations session 7

Chairman: Malek BOUHAOUALA

  • Barbara MAZZA: The socio-economic and territorial impact of the half marathon. Italian Case studies: The 42nd edition of the Rome-Ostia
  • Carlos ROSA JIMENEZ, Nuria NEBOT GOMEZ DE SALAZAR, Celia LOPEZ BRAVO : The impact of sport tourism in the urban development of the main spanish cities. A review of their sport tourism policies. (videoconference)


15:30 – 16:00  Coffee break


16:00 – 18:00  IRNIST General Assembly

19:30   Gala Dinner, Couvent des Minimes, a marvellous testimony of 17th century Flemish architecture. 17 Quai du Wault, 59800 Lille


Friday 20 April

9:00 – 9:45      Keynote speech: Mathieu STIEVENARD:

 The Hell of the North, a socioeconomic opportunity through the velodrome of Roubaix

9:45 – 10:15    Coffee break


10:30 – 11:30  Presentations session 8

Chairman: Ricardo MELO

  • What legal status for a structuring public equipment? The case of the Roubaix velodrome, say the STAB (A presentation of Master’s students in Sports law)
  • Irena SLEPIČKOVÁ, Pavel SLEPIČKA: Sport tourism in strategies of regional development in the Czech Republic
  • Brahim BELGHITI ALAOUI: Public Policies of Sport Tourism: Golf as a lever for socio-economic and territorial development of Morocco


11:30 – 12:00  Closing thoughts and Conclusions

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch


Useful Information

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Staying in Lille

Lille is the capital of Flanders with more than 300 000 inhabitants close to the Belgian border and the English Channel, at 90 min from London and 30 min from Brussels. Lille is defined as a big city but a city that feels like home. It is either a city center or a big village; you can go from side to side on a 40min walk on its cobbled alleyways among its typically Flemish architecture and cosy restaurants. Renowned for its friendliness, Lille wows visitors with its lofty bell towers, art collection at Palais des Beaux-Arts (considered the second largest general-interest museum in France, after the Louvre) and famous stuffed waffles at its renown pâtisseries.




Find your hotel:

The area surrounding the MESHS offers an important number of hotels, B&B and other accommodation opportunities. They are easy to find on any of the following sites:

  1. www.booking.com : accommodation solutions in Lille center between € 50 and € 200 per night during the conference.
  2. www.airbnb.fr : one of the most commonly used booking platform in Lille with single rooms or whole apartments offered between € 20 and € 90 per night.

Here are some of our personal choices among the hotels close to the MESHS:

  1. The Hotel Lille Europe
  2. The Hotel Ibis Lille Centre Gares
  3. The Hotel Kyriad Lille Centre


  1. Hotel Lille Europe

Address: Avenue Le Corbusier, Euralille, 59000 LILLE, FRANCE

Website: https://www.hotel-lille-europe.com/fr/

Position: 50 m from the Lille Flandres train station ; 350 m from the Lille Europe train station ; 150 m from the MESHS

Phone: +33 3 28 36 76 76

E-mail: infos@hotel-lille-europe.com

Room details and prices: This hotel offers 3 kinds of rooms (standard, premium 4g and family). The prices range from approximately 75 € to 95 € per night during the conference (tested on January 15).


  1. Hotel Ibis Lille Centre Gares

Address: 29, Avenue Charles St-Venant, Le Forum, 59000 LILLE, FRANCE

Website: http://www.ibis.com/fr/hotel-0901-ibis-lille-centre-gares/index.shtml

Position: 400 m from the Lille Flandres train station; 840 m from the Lille Europe train station; 450 m from the MESHS

Phone: (+33)3/28363040

E-mail: H0901@accor.com

Room details and prices: This hotel offers 155 rooms (single or double bed). The price is about 60/70 € per night during the conference (tested on January 15).


  1. Hotel Kyriad Lille Centre Gares

Address: 21 Place des Reignaux, 59000 LILLE, FRANCE

Website: https://www.kyriad.com/fr/hotels/kyriad-lille-centre-gares

Position: 170 m from the Lille Flandres train station; 700 m from the Lille Europe train station; 280 m from the MESHS

Phone: +33 3 28 36 51 18; Booking: 0892 23 48 13

E-mail: lille.centre@kyriad.fr

Room details and prices: This hotel offers 33 rooms (twin, double and singles). The prices range from approximately 70 € to 100 € per night during the conference (tested on January 15).



17 April 2018
20 April 2018
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MESHS Maison européenne des sciences de l’homme et de la société
2 Rue des Canonniers
Lille, 59000 France
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