Welcome Address

Dear participants of the forthcoming Conference on Sustainable Tourism, Entrepreneurship and
Local Economic Development,
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the European Youth Capital and the European Capital of
Culture – the City of Novi Sad, and to the ninth EIAT conference, which is this year organised with
the support of the Provincial government, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications,
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), National Tourist Organisation of Serbia, Tourist
Organisation of Vojvodina, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Faculty of Economics in
Belgrade and Business Association of Hotel and Restaurant Industry – Serbia (HORES).


Novi Sad, The Republic of Serbia


10 – 11 November, 2017


The Center for Tourism Research and Studies (CTRS) is an
association of experts in the field of sustainable tourism.

Since 2008 a team of young associates in CTRS have establishedclose cooperation with other regional organisations and governmental institutions and international organisation and independent research centres across Europe and the MiddleEast in order to adopt the guidelines for sustainable tourismand local economic development.

The EIAT platform

Created in 2008, the EIAT platform
aims to create conditions for a better cooperation of thepublic and private sector withthe academia, where a perfect environment for the continued learning and the exchange ofexperience in the tourist industry will be promoted.

Over 2000 delegates from 13 countriesof South-East Europe and the Middle East, 900 students of 25 professional colleges fromthe countries of the region tookpart in EIAT, while over 130 topics were presented thanksto the cooperation with 120 panelists from over 30 countries worldwide. more

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