University of the Aegean

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Aims and Objectives

The Laboratory for Tourism Research and Studies (ETEM – has operated in the Department of Business Administration of the University of the Aegean, Greece since 2000.  It aims to satisfy the educational and research needs of the University in tourism-related areas including support for its MSc programme in Strategic Management of Tourism Destinations and Hospitality Enterprises.  In particular, ETEM aims at:

  • Participating in national, European and international research programmes and studies as well as in initiatives that promote science and research excellence in tourism;
  • Providing research and consulting services to the public and private sector in the areas tourism;
  • Collaborating with Greek and international academic organisations, institutions and research centres focusing on tourism;
  • Collaborating with sectoral tourism experts in Greece and internationally;
  • Organizing seminars, workshops and scientific conferences on tourism related matters;
  • Inviting distinguished scholars from Greece and abroad to collaborate with ETEM members of staff in the context of research and consulting.

Research Areas

ETEM provides specialised research and studies focusing on: Management of Tourism Enterprises and Organisations, Destination Management, Sustainable Tourism Development, Economics of Tourism, Environment and Tourism, Anthropology of Tourism, Sociology of Tourism, Information Technology, E-Business in Tourism, Tourism Marketing, Tourism Education and Training, Hospitality, Air Transport and Cruising, Tourism and Culture, Special Interest Tourism.

International Profile

Over time, ETEM has managed to develop strong links with international organizations, academic institutions, local communities and regional government in the Regions of North and South Aegean in line with the wider aim of UoA to become a growth pole of knowledge in the eastern border of Greece.  Among others, ETEM members of staff have collaborated institutionally and/or individually with the following among others: the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS), the Arab Air Carriers Organisation, the Air Transport Research Society, the Balkan Association for Tourism Education & Research, Athens International Airport, Fairleigh Dickinson University, U.S.A, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, the Greek National Tourism Organisation, Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (HATTA), Hellenic Hotel Chamber, Hellenic Open University, the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST), the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education CHRIE and Euro –CHRIE, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Greece, the Ministry of Tourism, Greece, the Municipality of Athens, Greece, the Municipality of Chios, Greece, the National Center of Social Research (EKKE), Greece, the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, Panteion University, Greece, the Region of Northern Aegean, Greece, the Regional of Southern Aegean, Greece, the Tourism Society, United Kingdom, the Tourist Research Center, the Travel and Tourism Research Association, the University Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne, France, the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, the University of Thessaly, Greece, the University of Surrey, U.K, the University of Joensuu, Finland, the University of New South Wales, Australia, the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom, the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Bank and WLRA – Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands.

Research Projects and Studies

Over the years ETEM has conducted or supervised many research projects and European programmes (over 120). In addition to numerous publications in peer-reviewed academic journals, ETEM-UoA members of staff have participated in tourism projects funded by the European Union.  The following are a selection of the most important projects ETEM has completed and published in forms of final reports, guides, studies, and manuals.

  • 2018 to date: Tourist Transportation and Leisure Services Optimization using Intelligent Systems. funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of Greece
  • 2015: GreTIA – Green Transport in the Island Areas funded by the Greek state
  • 2014: Transport System and Tourism Development in Aegean Sea Islands funded by the University of the Aegean, the Greek State and the European Social Fund
  • 2014: Sagittarius: Launching (g)local level heritage entrepreneurship: strategies and tools to unite forces, safeguard the place, mobilize cultural values, deliver the experience, funded by South East Europe Transnational Collaboration Programme
  • 2013: Aegean Sustainable Tourism Observatory in collaboration with the UNWTO
  • 2013: Attracting Low Cost Carriers and Developing Successful Negotiating Policies for Local Authorities, funded by the Region of Southern Aegean, Greece
  • 2012: MARE NOSTRUM – A Heritage Trail along the Phoenician maritime routes and historic port-cities of the Mediterranean Sea, funded by the Euromed Heritage IV programme.
  • 2011: Developing Special Interest Tourism in Greece. (ETEM – CSF S.A.)
  • 2011: Proposals for the re-organisation of the structure and the operation of Greek National Tourism Organisation. (ETEM-GNTO)
  • 2010: Dealing with local environmental problems- Tourism and Environment (ETEM-WWF Hellas)
  • 2009: Defining Tourism Carrying Capacity of the island of Kos –Greece
  • 2009: Development of Ecotourism in combination with other Special Interest tourism forms in the areas of Ypati and Kaiafas, Greece (ETEM- ETA S.A.)
  • 2008: Developing the Mediterranean Standard for Sustainable Tourism- MESST (INTERREG IIIB ARCHIMED Programme), regarding the region of South Aegean- Greece. (ETEM- Greece and Cyprus NTOs, and 4 other European partners)
  • 2008: Rural Tourism Guide for local authorities (municipalities etc.) in Greece. [ETEM – Institute of Local Government (ITA)]
  • 2007: Allways Tourism Programme- EQUAL. (ETEM- HATTA)
  • 2007: Promoting Sustainable Tourism (MEDOCC – INTERREG III B) (ETEM- GREVENA Development Company)
  • 2007: Innovation for Sustainable Tourism and Services in the South Aegean – ISTOS European Programme (ETEM-Professional Chamber of Dodekanese and 4 European partners)
  • 2007: TEMPUS Advanced regional cooperation in South-East Europe: Developing postgraduate studies in hospitality and tourism
  • 2007: Creation of digital applications and tools for the development of the sports tourism in Cyprus (ETEM- EKKE)
  • 2006: Strengthening International Research on Geographical Indications: from research foundation to consistent policy- SINNER GI
  • 2006: HERMES – Harnessing Employment, Regional Mobility and Entrepreneurship in Southeastern Europe, funded by the EU DG Enlargement programme
  • 2006: PYTHAGORAS – Reinforcement of research teams in Universities
  • 2004: DEMOS – Democratic Participation in Urban Governance
  • 2003: LEONARDO DA VINCI – Developing leading and administrative qualifications of owners and executives of small and intermediate enterprises
  • 2003: European Collaborative Research Project Learning Destinations (ETEM- VARIOUS PARTNERS ALONG EU)
  • 2002: Environmental practices in tourism hotspots: barriers of adoption and policy implications. (ETEM- CORNELL UNIVERSITY)
  • 2001: EMPOST-NET: Emerging Paradigm of Sustainable Tourism – A network perspective. ETEM – International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University
  • 2001: Cultural Tourism Research Project (ETEM- ATLAS)
  • 1999: TEMPUS – PHARE
  • 1999: The diffusion and application of multimedia in the tourism and hospitality industries; its implications for employment- ADAPT E.U. Programme

Other Publications

ETEM also co-publishes the international peer-reviewed academic journal “TOURISMOS – An International Multidisciplinary Refereed Journal of Tourism” ( and also hosts the international peer-reviewed academic journal “Journal of Air Transport Studies” (

Conferences and Meetings co-organised by ETEM

  • IMIC 2017 International Conference on “Tourism: Trends, Prospects and Implications for Enterprises and Destinations”, IMIC and University of the Aegean, Santorini, 19-21 October 2017.
  • International Academy for the Study of Tourism Conference, IAST and the University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 24-28 May 2015.
  • 5th International Scientific Conference “Tourism Trends and Advances in the 21st Century”, Rhodes, 30May – 2 June 2013.
  • 48th Tourist Research Center Meeting, Athens, 21-24 March 2013.
  • 4th International Scientific Conference “Planning for the future – Learning from the Past: Contemporary Development in Tourism, Travel & Hospitality”, Rhodes, 3-5 April 2009.
  • 12th Annual World Conference of the Air Transport Research Society co-organized by the Hellenic Aviation Society and ETEM, Athens, 6-10 July 2008.
  • 24th EuroChrie Congress in Thessaloniki “In Search of Excellence for tomorrow’s Tourism, Travel and Hospitality”, co-organized by EuroCHRIE and ETEM, Thessaloniki, 25-28 October 2006.
  • 2nd International Scientific Conference “Sustainable Tourism Development and the Environment”, Chios, 2-5 October 2003.
  • 1st International Scientific Conference “Tourism on Islands and Specific Destinations”, Chios, 14-16 December 2000.

Human Resources

ETEM collaborates with over twenty (20) University Professors, PhD students, External Research Associates and local and national authorities and stakeholders.  Among others, the following staff members of the University of the Aegean are noted:

  • Professor Andreas Papatheodorou, ΕΤΕΜ Director, Department of Business Administration
  • Professor Dimitrios Lagos, Department of Business Administration
  • Professor Ioannis Spilanis, Department of the Environment
  • Assoc Prof Theodoros Stavrinoudis, Department of Business Administration
  • Dr Iason Koufodontis, School of Business
  • Dr Anna Kyriakaki, School of Business
  • Dr Maria Ntoumi, School of Business
  • Dr Panoraia Poulaki, School of Business
  • Dr Maria Salamoura, School of Business
  • Mr Fotis Sidirofagis, Regional Unit of Chios
  • Ms Evangelia Proiou, Department of Tourism Economics and Management
  • Ms Eirini Vlassi, PhD Candidate, Department of Business Administration

Contact Details

Professor Andreas Papatheodorou, ETEM Director

[email protected] and +30 22710 35 154


Postal Address: 54, Michail Livanou 54 Street, Chios 82 132, Greece


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