Direction Board



·         Francisco Dias, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal

Francisco holds a PhD degree in Tourism Science from the University of Perpignan, France. He is Associate Professor of the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal), and member of GITUR – Tourism Research Unit of I.P. Leiria. He was the founder and first editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, he has contributed to the improvement of tourism research networkin. As visiting professor, he collaborates in the post-graduation in Branding & Business at the University College of UNIVATES, in Lajeado, Brazil. He is also director of the International Tourism Film Festival, and chairman of the International Conference on Cinema and Tourism. His research interests are vast, ranging from the field of tourism branding and film tourism to research methodology and epistemology of tourism sciences. The is the principal investigator of the project Tower of Babel - Favourite  Destinations Worldwide



·         Che-Jen Su, Fu-Jen University, Taiwan

Ph.D. in Business Administration from National Taipei University, Taiwan. He is Professor of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan. Meanwhile, he is Regional Editor of the Journal of Global Business and Technology, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Service Business: An International Journal. Professor Su’s international titles include Professor of Hanyang University (Seoul, Korea), Chair Researcher of Morishita Memorial & Research Foundation (Kyoto, Japan), Fulbright Senior Researcher of the State University of New York (Old Westbury, USA), Visiting Scholar of the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France), and Visiting Scholar of the City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China). His research interests are interpersonal influence in tourist contexts, international tourism management, and cross-cultural tourist behavior.


 Anne-Marie Lebrun, University of Burgundy, France

PhD degree in Management Science from the IAE (Business School) at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. She has a Master’s Degree in Tourism Management from the CEDERS (Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centers in the World) at the University of Aix-en-Provence in France. She is an Associate Professor in the University of Burgundy. She was Vice-President of the University of Burgundy, delegated to the continuing education and professional education for adults. She was also official representative for the education authority of Burgundy. From 1990 to 1999 she was Studies Manager at the Chamber of Commerce of Dijon in charge of economic observatory and marketing surveys. Her research interests and publications are in the field of consumer behavior in tourism; sport tourism; social representation and brand.


Masayuki Maruyama, Poole Gakuin University, Japan

Full Professor at Poole Gakuin University, The Department of Liberal Studies Faculty of International Studies. Chair of Kyoto University Emeritus Masaaki MORISITA Memorial Research Foundation. He holds a Bachelor Degree from Ritsumeikan University College of Economics, a MA Degree from Osaka University of Economics. His research has been focused on Travel Agency management.


·         Alfonso Vargas-Sanchez, University of Huelva, Spain

He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Seville (Spain). Also, he has a Diploma in Upper Management of Universities from the Antonio de Nebrija and Politécnica de Cataluña Universities, and the Certificate of Specialization in Tourism Destination Planning awarded by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.  He is a full professor at the University of Huelva. He belongs to the Advisory Board of the World Association for Case Method Research & Application (WACRA), serving, besides, as a member of scientific committees of various national and international bodies, events & publications. Furthermore, he is the representative of Huelva University at the UN-WTO (United Nations-World Tourism Organization) and Consorzio Universitario di Economia Industriale e Manageriale. He belongs to a number of scientific associations, leading the Iberian Circle of Business Economics  and the Spanish-Portuguese Network of Researchers on Tourism (REINTUR).


·         Joanna Kosmaczewska, University of Economics in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Joanna holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Science with a specialization in Economics. She has been a teacher and researcher at the Department of Tourism Economics and Organisation of the Poznan University School of Physical Education and the University of Economy in Bydgoszcz. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation ( and member of the GITUR – International Tourism Research Unit, Peniche, Portugal. She was the chairperson of the International Conference of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation 2014 (EJTHR 2014) that took place in Poznan (Poland), on 19th -21st May 2014. Her basic interests in tourism research encompass tourism economics, regional development and the development of rural areas.



·         Kevser Cinar, Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey

Kevser is an instructor and PhD candidate in Tourism Management at the Faculty of Tourism of Necmettin Erbakan University in Konya, Turkey. She graduated from Middle East Technical University in 2003. Then, she worked in public and private schools as a teacher for 7 years. She has been also working as International Projects Coordinator for 8 years. She has taken part in several different International and Erasmus Projects, gained a good understanding of what is required of a project researcher and coordinator both in Turkey and in Europe. She is experienced enough writing, coordinating and implementing project activities. She has worked on more than 15 international projects so far, and now she is working as the responsible person of the on-going EU projects such as LDV–SCOUT Project entitled ‘Destination Manager for Small Capital Of Culture’, and ‘Start-up. Her project topics deal with Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Tourism and Curriculum Development. She has published some papers on innovation behaviours and perceptions in the Turkish Hotel Industry and development of tourism awareness in public schools. She is also the language editor of International Journal of Education.



·         Tamara Rátz

Professor of Tourism and Head of the Tourism Department at the Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences, Hungary, as well as Visiting Professor at HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland and Karaganda University of Economic Sciences, Kazakhstan. She is the author or co-author of more than 140 publications on tourism, including 10 books and 43 articles in refereed journals. Her current research interests include cultural and heritage tourism development and management, creativity and innovation in niche tourism development, and the role of tourism as a catalyst in European integration.




·         Namjae Cho for Korea

·         Miyagi Hirofumi for Japan

·         Helen Murphy for Australia

·         Marika Mazurek for Slovakia

·         Patrick Bouchet for France

·         Yanki Harijasti for Indonesia

·         Ali Afshar for Iran

·         Jun-Ren Wang for Taiwan

·         Nigel Ho for Hong Kong



ETASA - Euro-Asia Tourism Studies Association