Sometimes I receive some emails to attend scientific conferences organized in beautiful tourist places.
For example, recently I got a message for a conference in the wonderful Italian Cinque Terre, that was promoting both the conference scientific relevance and the beauty of the city locations. Or, another time, I received a message that invited me to attend a conference in the marvelous mountains of Bardonecchia next winter. In this case, the mail said that organizers would provide a ski pass for skiing activities for any participant.
These kind of conferences leaves me quite doubtful.
The aim of the organizers is obvious: to sum up the beauty of the places to the scientific importance of the conference, to convince more people to attend. But is it fair?
I'm wondering: is it right to organize conferences in wonderful places, to make people coming more for the beauty of the places than for the scientific relevance of the event?
Should not a conference be attended just and only for the scientific relevance?
Does it have to be necessarily a partial vacation for attendees?