Presentation: The Place of Tourism in the Academy Today
Professor Emeritus David Airey
David Airey is Emeritus Professor at the University of Surrey. He has been involved in tourism education and research for more than 40 years spending time as an academic, as a government official and as a consultant.
For much of this time he has been at the University of Surrey, which is one of the leading world centres for tourism. Here he served as Head of School and Pro Vice-Chancellor before his retirement in 2009.
Since retiring he has continued his scholarly work as a researcher and teacher both at Surrey and at other universities in the UK and overseas.
His main areas of work in recent years have related to tourism education and tourism policy and organisation and he has published widely on these topics, including many papers top ranked journals. He co-edited the first book dealing with tourism education, followed by a further volume on the same topic in 2015. He also co-authored a book on tourism policy in China.
In 2006 has received the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Ulysses Prize for his contribution to theory and practice in tourism. He is a fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Presentation: From Destination Governance to Destination Design: problems and perspectives of interconnections between DMO’s and businesses
Professor Harald Pechlaner
Harald Pechlaner is Professor of Tourism at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, and Director of the Institute for Regional Development and Location Management at the European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.
From 1993 to 1998 Prof Pechlaner was Director of the Department of Tourism of the South Tyrolean Government and Director of the South Tyrol Tourist Board in Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). In 2002 he was promoted to Professor of Business Administration.
He was Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (1999) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (2001). In 2009 he was Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey (School of Management) and the University of Queensland (School of Tourism), in 2010 and 2012 at Curtin
University/Curtin Business School (School of Management).
Prof Pechlaner is President of AIEST (Association Internationale d’Experts Scientifiques du Tourisme). From 2002-2012 he has been President of the German Association of Tourism Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaft, DGT e.V.) Harald Pechlaner is Adjunct Research Professor at the School of Marketing at Curtin Business School in Perth/WA.
Presentation: Managing crowds and carrying capacity in tourism destinations: doing it smarter not harder
Professor Marianna Sigala
Professor at the University of South Australia and Director of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management. Prior to her current position she has been an academic staff at the Universities of Strathclyde and Westminster in the UK, and the University of the Aegean (Greece). She also has professional hospitality industry experience.
Her interests include service management, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in tourism and hospitality, and e-learning. She has published six books and her work has also been published in several academic journals, books and international conferences. She is currently the editor of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Cases, co-editor of the Journal of Service Theory & Practice and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
She is a past President of EuroCHRIE and a past member of the executive board of CHRIE. She currently serves at the executive boards of IFITT and CAUTHE. In 2016, she has been awarded the prestigious EuroCHRIE Presidents’ Award for her lifetime contributions and achievements to tourism and hospitality education.
Presentation: Tourism as a Research Field of Economics –
Professor Egon Smeral
Dr. Egon Smeral is Professor of Tourism Economics at the Modul-University, Vienna, Austria.
Areas of research are applied economic theory and politics (especially in the fields of tourism economics, leisure and service sector economics), tourism forecasting and modelling, impact analysis and Tourism Satellite Accounts, designing and evaluating tourism policies programs as well as marketing strategies.
He is a consultant to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, Vice-president of the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST), Secretary General of the Tourist Research Centre (TRC), member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST), of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF).
Further, Egon Smeral is coordinating editor of the journal Annals of Tourism Research, member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, and of the editorial board of the journals Tourism Analysis, the Tourism Review, Anatolia and Tourism Economics.
Presentation: Tourism and everyday life at the destination: new geographical approaches and tools
Professor Theano S. Terkenli
Professor and founding member of the first Department of Geography in Greece, University of the Aegean (1994-today). Faculty and representative of the Department of Geography at the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Tourism Planning, Administration and Policy of the University of the Aegean (1999-today). Ph. D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, USA (1986-1993), Master’s (M. Sc.) in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, USA (1983-1986) and B.Sc. in Forestry and Environmental Science from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1978-1983).
Research, publishing and teaching specialty and interests in Cultural Geography, Landscape Geography and Critical Perspectives to Tourism. Author and/ or editor of a number of books: Connections, Mobilities, Urban Prospects and Environmental Threats: the Mediterranean in Transition, 2015; Human Geography: Humans, Society and Space, 2007; Landscapes of a New Cultural Economy of Space, 2016; Tourism Geography, 2003; The Cultural Landscape: Geographical Perspectives, 1996, and other.
Active member, conference organizer, and/or board member of several international and Greek associations and organizations. Roy Wolfe Award 2017, for outstanding contributions to the field and discipline of recreation, tourism and sports geography, from the American Association of Geographers—Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group.