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Accepted papers - Forum ABRATUR-17

posted 2 Apr 2017, 19:32 by Glauber Santos   [ updated 3 Apr 2017, 13:38 ]

The list of papers accepted to be presented at the Forum ABRATUR-17 is available in the following file.

Deadline extension for paper submission to Forum ABRATUR-17

posted 6 Feb 2017, 11:06 by Glauber Santos

The deadline for paper submission to Forum ABRATUR-17 was extended to March 10th. The list of accepted papers will be available on March 31st.

Accommodation for the Forum ABRATUR-17

posted 19 Dec 2016, 09:09 by Glauber Santos   [ updated 15 May 2017, 19:22 ]

There are two recommended hotels. Delegates must specify to the hotel their attendance in the Forum ABRATUR-17 event.

Courtyard by Marriott 
Deluxe Room
Single: R$229,00 + 5% tax
Double: R$249,00 + 5% tax

Bristol Recife Hotel Suítes & Convention (Former Nobile Hotel )
Superior Room
Single: R$220,00 + 5% tax
Double: R$250,00 + 5% tax

Call for papers - Forum ABRATUR-17

posted 31 Aug 2016, 06:49 by Glauber Santos   [ updated 25 Jan 2017, 16:04 ]

After the success of the first edition, in 2015, at USP, the event will be hosted by the Department of Hospitality and Tourism of the Federal University of Pernambuco, between the June 7th and 9th of 2017. In addition to excellent discussions on the internationalization of Brazilian tourism research, there will be publishing opportunities in national and international partner journals.

Find the complete call for papers here.

Forum ABRATUR-17

posted 21 Jun 2016, 17:17 by Glauber Santos   [ updated 15 Jul 2016, 11:55 ]

It is a pleasure to announce that the Forum ABRATUR-17 is going to be held in the Federal University of Pernambuco, in Recife (Brazil), on 7-9th of June 2017. A call for papers and further information will be released soon.

ABRATUR members organized a book about tourism in Latin America

posted 9 Jun 2016, 13:38 by Glauber Santos

Organized by Luiz Gonzaga Godoi Trigo and Alexandre Panosso Netto, the of the book "Tourism in Latin America: cases of success" presents regional and country specific analysis about the theme. Authors from different countries wrote about cases coming from almost every country in this continent. The portuguese version available for download at The English version is available for sale at

ABRATUR-15 Forum - Pictures of the event

posted 13 Jun 2015, 19:28 by Glauber Santos   [ updated 13 Mar 2016, 14:43 ]

The ABRATUR-15 Forum happend in July 2015 at the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of the University of São Paulo. More than 80 researchers attended to the event and debated about their perspectives on the internationalization of tourism research in Brazil. The forum hold conferences, debates, workshops and the presentation of scientific papers.

Pictures of the event are available at the page of ABRATUR in Facebook:

New survey finds growing emphasis on internationalization in Latin American higher education

posted 1 Oct 2014, 01:54 by Gui Lohmann   [ updated 30 May 2016, 12:20 by Glauber Santos ]

The ALFA PUENTES project is a collaboration of more than 20 national and international university associations from across Latin America and Europe. Funded in part by the European Commission, the project aims to explore a number of important issues – including mobility and internationalization – and to strengthen higher education systems in Latin America as well as institutional linkages between Europe and Latin America.

The project is proceeding against a backdrop of growing higher education participation across the region, as well as indicators of a strengthening interest in study abroad. And now a recently concluded ALFA PUENTES survey – “Transformations in Latin America Higher Education” (TRESAL) – reinforces that there is indeed a growing emphasis on internationalization among higher education institutions in Latin America.

The TRESAL survey was remarkably comprehensive and ambitious in its scope, and was actually composed of three parallel surveys: the first targeted to university leaders, the second to faculty, and the third to students. The findings are wide-ranging and are fully documented in both anexecutive summary (in English) as well as a complete survey report (Spanish only).

TRESAL paints a picture of a young system, with 80% of responding Latin American institutions established after 1950, and a quarter of those opening their doors between 2000 and 2010.  While more than half of respondents were private institutions, much of the higher education enrolment in the region remains concentrated in public institutions.

The survey also reflects that educators and institutions in the region are anticipating change on a number of fronts in the next five years, including the impact of shifting demographics, a growing emphasis on internationalization, pressures to enhance research capacity, and the need for greater links between institutions and business.

We narrowed in on the findings with respect to mobility and internationalization, such as:

“For some sub-regions, Europe is the first option and their own sub-region is also seen as a priority (in Mercosur for example). These results are an example of the potential for growth in mobility and cooperation within the Latin American region. The modest rise in interest in Asia and Australia should also be noted. In students’ responses, interest in studying abroad in other regions is as follows: 12% in Australia and New Zealand and 11% in Asia, in comparison to 18% in the US and Canada and 17% in Europe.”

The TRESAL survey flags an important regional mobility trend that we have also commented on in the past: Latin students tend to pursue study abroad opportunities outside their home region to a greater extent than do students from, for example, Asia or Europe. A related commentary from the European University Association notes, “There is relatively little interest in mobility within the Latin American region, despite the small but increasing number of internal mobility programmes.”

As the earlier quote reflects, TRESAL results were tabulated for Latin America as a whole, and then also for a series of sub-regions – the Andean Community, Mercosur, Central America, and Mexico – as a way to more precisely track variations in response across Latin America.

These sub-regional variations were apparent in a number of TRESAL findings, including the survey responses with respect to inbound student mobility. On the whole, 42% of university leaders expected the number of inbound students hosted by their institutions to increase in the next several years. When broken down by sub-region, the responses reflect more varied expectations regarding attractiveness to foreign students and/or readiness to host larger numbers of inbound students; 67% of university leaders in the Andean Community expect to host larger numbers of inbound students in the years ahead, as compared to 51% in the Mercosur, 36% in Central America, and 28% in Mexico.

Leaving aside the fact that students have increased access to study abroad information from agents, peers, and online sources, this still suggests an important opportunity to reach prospective Latin American students through their home institutions.

Related to this is the finding that nearly half of university leaders in Latin America consider student mobility an essential aspect of internationalization. One in five consider study abroad to be “a crucial factor for success in the labour market.”

A number of Latin markets have experienced dramatic growth in higher education participation rates in recent years, and are projecting similar, significant growth in the years ahead. When paired with a growing emphasis on internationalization among higher education institutions in the region, this again suggests strengthening opportunities for international recruitment across the region.


ABRATUR members edit a book about tourism in Latin America

posted 19 Jun 2014, 06:12 by Glauber Santos   [ updated 13 Mar 2016, 15:42 ]

Springer just released the book Tourism in Latin America: Cases of Success, which was edited by two members of ABRATUR: Alexandre Panosso Netto and Luiz Gonzaga Godoi Trigo.


Presentation (Editors)
Chapter 1 – Latin America: imaginary, reality and tourism (Alexandre Panosso Netto; Luiz Gonzaga Godoi Trigo)
Chapter 2 - Latin American economy and tourism (Glauber Eduardo de Oliveira Santos)
Chapter 3 – BRAZIL – Tourism in Rio de Janeiro: from the triad beach-soccer-carnival to complexity of contemporary tourism experience (Aguinaldo Cesar Fratucci; Ana Paula Garcia Spolon; Marcello de Barros Tomé Machado)
Chapter 4 – ARGENTINA - Enotourism in Argentina: the power of wine to promote a region (Regina G. Schlüter; Juana Norrild)
Chapter 5 – CHILE - Good practices in private parks: Valdivian Coastal Reservation (Héctor Caripan Sanzana; Alfredo Almonacid; Edgardo Oyarzun Mendez)
Chapter 6 – COLOMBIA - Cultural tourism in Villavicencio Colombia (María Cristina Otero Gómez; Wilson Giraldo Pérez)
Chapter 7 – COSTA RICA - Protected wild areas and eco-tourism in Costa Rica (Juan Carlos Picón Cruz; Aurora Hernández Ulate)
Chapter 8 – CUBA - Development of products and system of tourism management in Cuban destinations (María Elena Betancourt García; María Caridad Falcón Rodríguez; Luis Báez Peña)
Chapter 9 – MEXICO - Practices of corporate social responsibility in the hospitality of Cancun (Elva Esther Vargas Martínez)
Chapter 10 – MEXICO - Endogenous practices Aculco agritourism, Mexico, based on the valuation of the cultural patrimony of their plantations (haciendas) (Marcelino Castillo Nechar; Guillermo Miranda Román; Marisol Orozco Guerrero; Laura Eugenia Tovar Bustamante)
Chapter 11 – PANAMA - Building “The Way”: creating a successful tourism brand for Panama and its consequences (Carla Guerrón Montero)
Chapter 12 – PERU - Success in Progress? Tourism as a tool for inclusive development in Peru’s Colca Valley (Maria-Luisa Rendón; Simon Bidwell)
Chapter 13 – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Dominican tourism clusters: pilars of development (Pilar Constanzo)

The internationalization of higher education in Brazil

posted 24 Aug 2011, 23:01 by Gui Lohmann   [ updated 30 May 2016, 12:21 by Glauber Santos ]

By Rosa Marina de Brito Meyer, Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,

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