Centre for Tourism Studies

CTS is a leading research centre in tourism, hospitality, and events based in Prague, Czech Republic. CTS supports organisations operating in these industries, providing applied knowledge and research insights to local, national, and international stakeholders. We have a strong track record in assisting organisations in strategic and operational planning; ensuring they are able to respond effectively to the latest trends. Our research team has expertise across the following themes:

  • eliciting cosumers (tourists) preferences, conjoint analysis
  • e-tourism, novel technologies, ICT in tourism
  • tourism and hospitality marketing
  • events management (festivals, markets, fairs, etc.)

The aim of the Centre for Tourism Studies is to conduct excellent research in tourism and hospitality studies and produce top-notch academic publications in peer-reviewed journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. 

Watch an interview filmed by the Czech Television about our recent project - Operation Anthropoid smartphone tourism app that has been launched in Prague in June 2016.

Operation Anthropoid is a story of assassination of "3rd most dangerous man in the Third Reich" Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in May 1942 by Czechoslovak SOE parachutists trained by British SOE in the United Kingdom. It was a hit-and-run operation, except there was nowhere to run. Moreover, it was a story or unprecedented heroism and bravery. Operation Anthropoid remains one of the Prague's most intriguing and thrilling stories and constitutes an enormous tourism potential for Prague, the Czech capital.


Director

Director of the Centre for Tourism Studies is Professor Wadim Strielkowski

Wadim Strielkowski has a vivid research background in tourism studies starting from his job at the Czech Tourism where he managed a Visegrad Four joint promotion through his experience as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham where he worked on the EU-funded project ISAAC (intergrated e-services for the promotion of intangible cultural heritage in European cities) to the Lecturer of the Tourism Marketing at the Charles University in Prague. 

He is an author and co-author of dozens research articles on tourism and a pioneer of mystery and thriller tourism. In addition, he is a creater of geolocation games and a project manager at GEOFUN.

Research Team

Jose Niño-Amézquita, Assistant Director

Elena Korneeva, Assistant Director

Natalia Tarkhanova, Associate Researcher

Anetta Zielińska, Associate Researcher

Jing Wang, Associate Researcher


CTS representative publications

  • Mitsche, N., Strielkowski, W. (2016). Tourism e-services and Jewish Heritage: a case study of Prague. European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation 7(3), 170-178
  • Strielkowski, W. (2016). Innovations in tourism marketing: Operation Anthropoid in Prague. Marketing and Management of Innovations, 4, 106-112
  • Strielkowski, W. (2015). Literature and tourism in European cities. Journal of Language and Literature, 6(1), 38-41
  • Chiabai, A., Platt, S., Strielkowski, W. (2014). Eliciting users' preferences for cultural heritage and tourism-related e-services: a tale of three European cities. Tourism Economics 20(2), 263-278
  • Strielkowski, W. (2013). Mystery and thriller tourism: Novel solutions for European cities. Turizam: znanstveno-stručni časopis, 61(3), 277-287
  • Strielkowski, W., Riganti, P., & Jing, W. (2012). Tourism, cultural heritage and e-services: using focus groups to asses consumer preferences. Tourismos: an International Multidisciplinary Journal of Tourism, 7(1), 41-60