IFITT Awards at ENTER21

IFITT Awards @ ENTER21

Each year, IFITT proudly awards innovative technology-savvy organizations, working in the eTourism field, as well as outstanding research contributions. This year IFITT Awards were presented to the winners during ENTER21 eTourism conference in at Yourplace, online.

IFITT Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award

ENTER Conference Best Full Paper Award 2021

  1. C.K. Bruce Wan, Cees J. P. M. de Bont, Paul Hekkert and Kenny K. N. Chow: Finding meaning through travel journaling: a strength-based approach.
  2. Joanne Yu and Roman Egger: Tourist experiences at overcrowded attractions: A text analytics approach.
  3. David Massimo and Francesco Ricci.: Next-POI Recommendations Matching User’s Visit Behaviour.

ENTER Conference Best PhD Proposal Award 2021

  1. Jia-Li Chang & Hui Li: Personalized travel recommendation for group of users: A hybrid method with sentiment analysis and group consensus.
  2. Yingying Du & Hanqin Qiu: Reduce stress and contribute to the wellbeing: Measuring Tourist’s Emotional Experiences toward Virtual Reality.
  3. Rafael Almeida de Oliveira, Renata Maria Abrantes Baracho Porto & Lorenzo Cantoni: Cultural Sustainability: conceptual model and indicators for smart destinations.

IFITT ICT4D Scholarship

  • Not given this year.

Best IFITTtalk of the Year

  • Not a normal year with IFITT talks, award is not given.

IFITT 2021 Journal Paper of the Year Award

  1. Tuomi, A., Tussyadiah, I., Ling, E. C., Miller, G., & Lee, G. (2020). x=(tourism_work) y=(sdg8) while y= true: automate (x)Annals of Tourism Research. 102978.
  2. Park, S., Xu, Y., Jiang, L., Chen, Z., & Huang, S. (2020). Spatial structures of tourism destinations: A trajectory data mining approach leveraging mobile big dataAnnals of Tourism Research, 84, 102973
  3. Marine-Roig, E., & Huertas, A. (2020). How safety affects destination image projected through online travel reviewsJournal of Destination Marketing & Management, 18, 100469.

2021 JITT Article of the Year sponsored by IFITT

2020 eTourism Industry Contribution Award

  • Not given this year because of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19. The award will be dedicated to the whole industry for their adoption and use of technologies during these trying times.

ENTER21 Innovation Challenge
Theme: ICT for Sustainability and eQuality

  • Lukas Freitag & Felix Fröhlich: Project Idea: “The Round Table”.

Congratulations, well done and thank you for your contribution!

IFITT would like to thank all those who participated in the competitions with their research, ideas and continuous work. We would also like to thank all the jury members for their feedbacks to the entrants.

In particular, we would like to thank Director of Research Excellence Juho Pesonen for the Award Process and Director of Education Claudia Brözel for the Innovation Challenge.

Last but not least, our sincere gratitude goes to the awards committee and, in particular, to, Wolfgang Wöndl, Chulmo Koo, Jason Stienmetz (research track), Zheng Xiang (IFITT awards), Berta Ferrer (the PhD workshop award) and Wolfram Höpken (Innovation Challenge) for organising and supporting the process.