Conference Proceeding: 5th International Research Forum on Guided Tours

Jane Widtfeldt Meged (Editor), Dineke Koerts (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRoskilde
PublisherRoskilde Universitet
Number of pages144
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7349-912-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Event5th International Research Forum on Guided Tours - Roskilde Universitet, Roskilde, Denmark
Duration: 15 Mar 201717 Mar 2017
Conference number: 5


Symposium5th International Research Forum on Guided Tours
LocationRoskilde Universitet
OtherResearchers, academics, educators as well as practitioners and stakeholders in the tourism trade are invited share and discuss the latest research and development in the guide trade. We explore the challenges and the potentials of guides and guided tours in the broadest societal context, and debate their contemporary and future prospects
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Bibliographical note

The International Research Forum on Guided Tours (IRFGT) is a mobile platform for research on guided tours and was initiated by academics in Sweden, with its first biannual Forum held at the University of Halmstad in 2009. From the very start IRFGT aimed to bring together academics and practitioners. During its five Forums (Halmstad 2009, Plymouth 2011, Breda 2013, Estoril 2015 and most recently in Roskilde in 2017) IRFGT has facilitated the meeting of academic researchers, students, tourist guides, educators, artists, performers, designers of audio and GPS tours, story tellers and others to discuss – and experience together – the past, present and future of guided tours, both in the
“real world” of the streets, museums and heritage properties and in “virtual realities”.

IRFGT was driven by the notion that guided tours have been under-researched yet highly important, continuously changing and multi-facetted phenomenon in the World of tourism. By approaching guided tours from multiple viewpoints, IRFGT aims not only to explore the remarkable diversity of tours, but also to locate their meaning and significance more precisely and richly through research, debate, contestation, sharing and mapping.


  • Guided Tours
  • Research
  • Professionalization
  • Sustainable ecologies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • New Economies
  • Old Economies
  • Labor market

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