Research & Networks

Institute for Maritime Tourism

The Institute for Maritime Tourism (IMT) was formed in January 2005 as an organisational umbrella for all tourism-related research, development and further education activities at the University of Applied Sciences. Its purpose is to:

  • actively transfer knowledge and exchange viewpoints with the tourism industry and its various stakeholders;
  • gain new insights into the particularities and interrelationships of maritime tourism;
  • secure state-of-the-art and practice-oriented teaching in CTM.

For information about further education, research and development projects, as well as publications of the IMT, please visit its website.


Cruise Research Society

In 2009, cruise researchers from Bremerhaven, Perth/Australia, Dubrovnik/Croatia and Plymouth/UK founded the Cruise Research Society (CRS). An increasing number of cruise professionals, consultants, experts, teaching staff, alumni and cruise tourism students are active members of the CRS and benefit from it networking activities and content. The main mission of the society is to promote academic research and professional practice in the field of maritime tourism and cruise management.

The CRS organises, endorses and/or sponsors: 

  • events (conferences, symposia, workshops, etc.)
  • publications 
  • research projects 
  • development of education & training concepts and material 
  • support of and commitment to the UNWTO’s Code of Ethics

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Yellow Tourism Consortium

The ‘Yellow Tourism Consortium’ is an interdisciplinary network of academics and practitioners, exploring crime and corruption phenomena in tourism.  Tourism as a globalised business sector impacting the livelihood of millions of people in all parts of the world offers fertile ground for corruption and economic crime. Concurrently, the globalised scope of the tourism industry renders it into a very challenging field of action for national legislators and law enforcement agencies.

Following the inaugural ‘Yellow Tourism’ conference, held in Corfu in 2017, this network was formed with the aim of positioning: safety, security, crime and corruption firmly in tourism research, whilst integrating perspectives from law, business, economics, political science and social and behavioural sciences.  The metaphor “yellow tourism” draws on Dostoevsky’s novel Crime & Punishment, in which the colour yellow symbolises corruption and decay.

The ambition of the Yellow Tourism Project is to build a scientific community and a corresponding body of knowledge, which, would facilitate the creation of sustainable tourism development strategies and policies and ultimately enable more responsible industry standards in cultural management and holiday services for all people and communities involved.

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