STC’21 - 7 th IRNIST Conference


23 - 24 June 2021 - Rome (Italy)


Literature has defined and well defined this type of sport tourism (S. Gammon & T. Robinson 1997; D. Getz 1997; H.J. Gibson 1998; C. Pigeassou 1998; J. Standeven & P. De Knop 1998) and more recently, several scholars underline its importance for the development of the territory that they also consider superior to tourism linked to participation in major sporting events (M. Roche 1992; J. Ritchie & G.I. Crouch 2005; D. S. J. Page 2014; I.S. Lee & G. Brown 2017).

By integrating “opportunity sport tourism”, the fields of application of this economic sector are growing and allowing a better understanding of how companies create jobs and participate in the animation and the valorization of a place (Bouchet and Bouhaouala, 2009) for various clienteles, whether on or off season, per day in a local tourism or during a short, medium or long stay in different types of sedentary or mobile accommodation. This dimension of sport tourism - which includes, just to give some examples, extreme sports, those in contact with nature, the so-called "slow adventure", etc. (Wolf-Watz 2014; M. Taks et al. 2015;P. Varley & T. Semple, 2015) - has the advantage of being less expensive, less burdensome at an organizational level, and therefore more sustainable from an economic point of view (S.Y. Cheung et al. 2016; D.W.S. Choi et al. 2016). Moreover, it can even determine a higher percentage of spending by international visitors because it tends to increase incentive, higher activity, higher frequency of the number of trips, in different periods of the year, although of short duration, favouring the economic and environmental sustainability of the territory and urban regeneration. (C. Gratton et al. 2000; C.M. Hall 2004; T.D. Hinch et al. 2016).

The aim of the 7th IRNIST Conference is to identify some practices useful for optimizing the presence of active sports tourists in favour of the development of a destination in socio-cultural, political-institutional, economic, environmental, and potential attractions of the destinations.


This conference is organized together with WeComSport and Master CMES of Department of Communication and Social Reasearch of Sapienza, University of Rome


Major topics:

  • active sport tourism and sports practice
  • active sport and territorial identity
  • sport tourism and destination marketing
  • sport tourism and local network
  • sport tourism and local development
  • new professions of sport tourism
  • sport tourism and sustainable development
  • regional development and sustainable economy
  • impact of extreme sports and slow adventure
  • sport tourism communication and destination image
  • social and economic Covid-19 impact for sport tourism



  • Submission of abstracts: 21 March 2021 15 April 2021
  • Acceptance notifications: 4 April 2021 6 May 2021
  • End of early payment and submission form: 16 May 2021
  • Submission of full texts and presentation (communications received after the deadline won't be included in the conference proceedings): 30 May 2021


Participation fees:

  • Professor: € 80
  • Professional: € 80
  • Postgraduate student (i.e. PhD or Master Course): € 50
  • Student (i.e. BA or MA): Free


Included in participation costs:

  • An author can present maximum 1 paper;
  • Electronic Proceedings Book (Published by Sapienza University Press);
  • Participation in all scientific presentations;
  • Electronic Participation Certificate;

Not included in participation costs:

  • Publication of the articles in scientific journals (some journal may be subject to additional fees);
  • Extra paper in addition to the first paper accepted (fee: 35€)


Virtual presentations can be present online via ZOOM, videotelephony software program, or previously recorded video. The required technical information and instructions for the virtual presentation will be send to the participant. 


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