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TOURISM off the beaten track Symposium


 – May 21st to 23rd 2014 Paris


Paris and Ile de France


TOURISM off the beaten track:

back, INTERSTICE territories




The growth of tourist practices and products defined as alternatives has contributed to the emergence of new tourist forms. Over the past decades, mass tourism has been largely questioned by a more diverse, fragmented and individualized offer. Tourism is being definitely impacted by metropolization, globalization and the hybridization of tastes. The focus is now on the everyday, the fact of life, on contextualizing the holiday stay and on social interactions.


These new practices which are shaping new relations between centres and peripheries are known as sub/peri-urban tourism, creative tourism, participative tourism, slow tourism, tourism of the everyday.


The conference   will investigate the tourist practices and branches emerging off the beaten track and generating new tourist territories derived from backstage, interstice and peripheral areas.


Far from opposing mainstream tourism to a more selective form of tourism, the aim of the conference is to apprehend how the new tourist territories, practices, products and temporalities are building up from interstitial spaces and backstage practices.


The emergence and dissemination of tourist innovations born from the practices of « pioneering » tourists and creative players or from the introduction of alternative products will also be addressed.










AsTRES is a French non profit organisation gathering nine universities which offer well-identified training programs and research activities in the field of tourism (Angers, Université de Bourgogne, Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble, Université Pierre Mendes-France de Grenoble, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (IREST), Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, Université de Toulouse II le Mirail, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée), as well as CNAM, IFSTTAR  and IRSTEA. 


Its main goals are to structure the network of scientific and technological public institutes (EPST) and of scientific, cultural and professional public institutes (EPSCP) which provide course portfolios and research activities dedicated to tourism, to promote tourism studies and research in higher education and research bodies, to foster collaborative links with the industry, to encourage networking with the AsTRES members and international partners.