keynote speakers


Chris Cooper is Professor in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom. He currently works with tourism international research and education agencies, particularly with World Tourism Organisation, where he was President of the Education Council between 2005 and 2007. He was awarded the 2009 UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Academic Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism. He sat on the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework Sub-Panel 26, Sport, Exercise Science and Tourism and now acts as an advisor to a number of UK Universities for REF 2021.

Dayanand MS

Dayanand M.S. is Professor and Vice Dean (Research) of Goa Business School of the University of Goa (India). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Karnataka (India), and a PhD in Tourism Management from the university of Goa. His research interests are tourism, marketing and product development, while his teaching interests are strategic management, tourism and hotel marketing,  product and brand management, and economics.

Eugenia Wickens was awarded her doctorate in the Sociology Department at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her work adopts a sociological perspective and reflects her research interests on tourism and sustainability. She is a widely published authority with substantial portfolio of research outputs and contributed to tourism planning exercises in several countries. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal On-Tourism & Sustainability, and on the editorial boards of several international Journals of Tourism. She has played a leading role in the organisation of several international conferences and is currently Chair of the 11th International Conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism, Culture & Sports’, Nepal, April 2020.

Mariana Sigala

Marianna Sigala is Professor at the University of South Australia and Director of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management. She is an international authority in the field of technological advances and applications in tourism with numerous awarded publications, research projects, keynote presentations in international conferences. She is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Service Theory & Practice, the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management. In 2016, she has been awarded the prestigious EuroCHRIE Presidents’ Award for her lifetime contributions and achievements to tourism and hospitality education.

Rozana Mazaro

Rosana Mazaro is Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, being leader of the Research Group for Strategic Studies in Tourism. She is currently President of the National Association for Tourism Research and Postgraduate Studies (ANPTUR), and an effective member of the Technical Working Group for Nautical Tourism of the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism. Her research and practice areas are regional innovation systems in tourism, competitiveness of tourism destinations, coastal governance and nautical tourism.  

Sara Dolnicar is a Professor of Tourism at the University of QueenslandShe is the Co-Editor in Chief of Annals of Tourism Research, and a Fellow of the Academy for the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST), and the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE). In 2019, she has been awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship to leave a creative and human legacy relating to her work into low harm hedonism. Her current research program focuses on developing and experimentally testing measures that trigger pro-environmental behaviour in tourists.

Tanja Mihalič

Tanja Mihalič is Full Professor at the Department of Economics, and Head of the Tourism Institute and of the Erasmus Mundus European Master in Tourism Management program at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Ljubljana (SEBLU). She is also the Vice Dean for student affairs at the SEBLU. She is a member of the UNWTO World Committee on Tourism Ethics, co-editor and active member of editorial boards of many academic journals, and an expert evaluator for the European Commission.

Zélia Breda is Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro and Director of the MSc in Tourism Management and Planning. She has a degree in Tourism Management and Planning, a Master degree in Chinese Studies - Business and International Relations and a PhD in Tourism. She participates in scientific committees of various international journals, being member of the editorial board of the Journal of Tourism & Development. She has been specializing in topics related to tourism planning and development, networks and governance, Chinese outbound tourism, gender and tourism, and internationalization of the tourism economy.

Dimitrios Buhalis

Dimitrios Buhalis is Head of the Department Tourism and Hospitality, Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, at Bournemouth University in England. He is a Strategic Management and Marketing expert with specialisation in Information Communication Technology applications in the Tourism, Travel, Hospitality and Leisure industries. His research cuts across a number of disciplines and  looks into the adoption of innovations for creating value for both consumers and organisations. 

Carlos Costa

Carlos Costa is based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where he is Full Professor, Leader of the PhD Programme and the Tourism Research Unit, and Director of the Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism. He is also Editor of the Portuguese Tourism & Development Journal. He leads a spin-off tourism consultancy company in the Aveiro University, which provides bespoke services for tourism organisations and companies. He holds a PhD and an MSc in Tourism Management (University of Surrey, UK), and a BSc in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Aveiro, Portugal).

last updated 17/02/2020
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