Founding Committee


Adele Ladkin (PhD) is Professor of Tourism Employment in the School of Tourism, Bournemouth University UK.  She gained her PhD at the University of Surrey in 1995. Her research interests and publications are in the areas of employee wellbeing, labour migration and tourism employment and labour issues in the tourism, hospitality and conference industries.  This includes the role of education in developing human capital for tourism workers and human resource issues.  She is the author of journal articles, textbooks, book chapters and conference papers.  Professor Ladkin was joint Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Tourism Research from 2003-2009, and she serves on the Editorial Board for Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Economics, The International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, ACTA Turistica, the Journal of Convention and Event Management and the International Journal of Event Management. She holds a Visiting Professor position at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and is an Honoree Professor at the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong. Her academic leadership roles have included head of research centers, Associate Dean (Tourism and Hospitality) in the School of Tourism and Associate Dean (Administration) in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has conducted applied research projects for a number of clients including the UNWTO, The Commonwealth Tourism Centre, The European Universities Association and the London Development Agency.

Agita Donina,
MBA, head of the Faculty of International Tourism at Turiba University, Latvia; a representative of Turiba University at UN World Tourism Organization TedQual programme; doctoral student; moderator in the project of development of profession standards in Latvia;  her PhD Thesis is being worked out in the field of higher tourism education. Research areas:  education management, strategic management, the quality of higher education.

Aleksander Panasiuk
– PhD of economic sciences, associate professor at the University of Szczecin. Head of the Department of Tourism Management, Faculty of Economics and Management Services. The author of publications on the functioning of the services sector, including in particular the tourism market, with particular emphasis on issues of socio-economic policy, marketing, quality management. Scientific editor of the Journal of Scientific Service Management.

Alexis Papathanassis studied at the University of Bath and the London School of Economics (UK). He completed his PhD in Economic Sciences at the Leibniz University (Hanover) in Germany.  Prior to joining fulltime academia, Alexis pursued a career at TUI. Upon his departure from the group as a business development manager with TUI Infotec, Alexis had already participated and successfully led various systems integration projects in six TUI subsidiaries around Europe. Since 2005, Alexis Papathanassis is a Professor for Cruise Management and e-Tourism at the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences. He is Dean of the Faculty of Business Management & Services for the Faculty of Economics and Business, Co-Director of the Institute for Maritime Tourism and Chairman of the Cruise Research Society. He is also visiting Professor at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences and the Russian Academy of Foreign Trade, and a member of the German Tourism Research Society.  He also works regularly as a consultant for a number of tour operators and cruise companies. Alexis’ publication activity mainly focuses on the cruise sector and comprises over 60 contributions in textbooks, peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences. Alexis is also member of the Referee Board of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation.

Alfonso Vargas
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.  At present, he is a full professor at the University of Huelva, in its Management and Marketing Department.  Since 2004 he heads the Research Group named "Innovation and Development Strategies in Tourist Firms" (GEIDETUR), included in the Andalusian Government"s Plan of R&D. He also 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 CUEIM (Consorzio Universitario di Economia Industriale e Manageriale). He belongs to a number of scientific associations, leading the Iberian Circle of Business Economics (CIBECEM, network of border Spanish and Portuguese universities) and the Spanish-Portuguese Network of Researchers on Tourism (REINTUR).

Ali Afshar
holds a PhD in architectural studies from University Putra Malaysia. He is a first class registered architect with more than 20 years of professional experiences in Iran. His researches focus on a substantial amount of investigation in vernacular architecture and tourism studies and their application in scientific and business problems. He demonstrates the feasibility of his ideas by implementing the knowledge of vernacular architecture and integrating it into the architectural design of recreational complexes, hotels and second homes in tourism destinations of the country. His contributions have been published in number of journal articles and refereed conference papers. At the moment, he is a member of the board and the head of research and development department of SABAT Kish Company. He is also teaching as invited lecturer in some university in Iran. 

Alison McIntosh is Professor of Tourism and Chairperson of the Department of Tourism & Hospitality Management at The University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her main research interests are in Critical Tourism & Hospitality; Social Justice, Ethics, Advocacy in Tourism and Hospitality; Refugee Tourism; Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development; Volunteer Tourism; Accessible Tourism; Cultural/Māori/indigenous heritage tourism planning and development; and theories of Tourist Experience. She is predominantly a Qualitative researcher, including Critical, Reflexive and Participative approaches to tourism research. Alison has extensive consulting and research experience in tourism management, is Co-Founder and Co-Editor of the international refereed journal, Hospitality & Society, and Co-Founder of the University of Waikato’s Research Network for Community Hospitality. She has published widely in leading international tourism and hospitality journals.

Anabela Monteiro
holds a PhD in Tourism, Leisure and Culture from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She also has a degree in Cultural Animation by ESAD.CR/IPLeiria  the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal). Currently, she is performing the functions of head of the Communications Office, Organization of Events and Public Relations at Superior School of Art and Design-ESAD.CR/IPLeiria.She also is the author of several articles and recently she lectured related to her thesis that is entitled : "The European academic mobility and the educational and cultural tourism, Decision Factors and motivation" and also based in the theme, Planning and Organization of Events. In the past years she has been co-founder of a large number of events, e.g Theatre and Performing Arts Festival - at National and International level, Inframe Festival, Arts Festival "Toma Lá Art"; Itinerant Theatre Festival Mercury "Go to Cabin".

Annalisa Stacchini
holds master degrees in Economics and Philosophy. She is currently a PhD student in Statistical Methodology at the Department of Statistics ‘Paolo Fortunati’ and collaborates with the Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism (CAST) of the University of Bologna (IT). Her main research interests are in modeling and forecasting tourism flows, analyzing the competitive scenario of tourist destination, issues concerning the market of airline tickets.

Anne-Marie Lebrun holds a PhD degree in Management Science from the IAE (Business Administration Institute) 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 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.

Antonio Magliulo
is Full Professor of History of Economic Thought and Professor of Tourism Economics at the Rome University of International Studies. He is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and takes part in the Editorial Board of “Rivista di scienze del turismo” and “History of economic thought and policy”. He is member of the Italian Society for Tourism Sciences (SISTUR) and of the Academic Committee of the Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism (NECSTouR). He is also member of the Italian Association for History of Economic Thought (AISPE), and of European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET). He has participated in to several National Research Projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research in the fields of history of economics and economics of tourism. Antonio is also member of the Referee Board of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation.

Aurelia Almeida, PhD in Tourism Marketing in University of Extremadura - Spain, is Associate Professor in Macao Polytechnic Institute and Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. Responsible for research line, Strategic Planning of Tourist Destinations in the PhD program in Business Management and Sociology at the University of Extremadura - Spain.

Bill Bramwell is Emeritus Professor at Sheffield Hallam University, UK, where he was formerly Professor of International Tourism Studies. He was Founding Co-Editor and he is current Co-Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, which in 2012 had a Thomson Reuters’ SSCI Impact Factor of 3.00 and it was ranked 2nd among journals in the SSCI Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism category. In 2013 it was rated 4* in the Journal Quality list of the Australian Business Deans Council. Bill is Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecotourism, Resource Editor for Annals of Tourism Research, and he is on the editorial boards of 14 other research journals. His research is in the areas of tourism policy and planning, tourism and governance, and tourism and sustainable development. He has edited or co-authored books on rural tourism and sustainable development, tourism partnerships, sustainable tourism in Europe, coastal mass tourism, and tourism governance. Bill has published widely in the tourism research journals and he has written numerous book chapters. His publications have examined aspects of tourism development or policy in many countries, including Turkey, Malta, Southern Europe, France, Germany, Denmark, Barbados, Brazil, Thailand and China. He has supervised 22 completed PhDs and 2 completed MPhils, he currently supervises 7 PhD students and he has examined 34 PhDs and 3 MPhils. He has a Cambridge University MA, a London University PhD, and prior to working at Sheffield Hallam University he was employed at the English Tourist Board.

Biruta Svagzdiene, PhD, is Head of Sports Management, Economics and Sociology Department at the Lithuanians Sports University (LSU). Her relevant empirical research has been focused on leisure industry, including sports, tourism, recreation, health, etc. Her research works are published in several journals: Tourism and Recreation Journal (Poland); Management Studies (USA); European Journal of Economic Studies (Russia), LSU Electronic scientific journal "Leisure Studies. She has carried out studies for the Science, Innovation and Technology Agency (MITA) universities and research institutes of the services provided by the measure INOCEKIAI LT and others. She has been engaged in educational activities, as author of six study books; as reviewer of methodology and study books, and co-author of the textbook "Fundamentals Casual".

Biswajit Das is Professor in Marketing Management & Business Communication and Head-Research, presently working with the famous KIIT School of Management, KIIT University in India. Dr.Das has done his Ph.D. in Management, M.B.A., M.A. (Eng.), M.A. (Pub. Admn.), LL.B. (Utkal University) and have 27 years of hard core experience in academia-government-corporate-academia.  Dr. Das have guided 10 Ph.D. Scholars (guiding 8 Ph.D. Scholars), authored 9 books, reviewed 6 books, 24 field based research and published 145 research papers in the international and national journals of repute. He has been Academic Council, Board of Management member, Chairperson- Marketing Management Area, Board of Studies member of many state and central universities in India. Dr. Das is the Editor-in-Chief of Society for Promoting International Research and Innovation (www.spiri.org), Chief Mentor- Researchjournali.com and others. Dr. Das has offered consultancy to many industries and doing research in the field of Marketing and Tourism, and visited many countries in Asia and Middle East. He instituted popular special paper titled ‘Tourism and Culture Marketing’ and written books on real estate and tourism. Two of his famous pioneering books are titled as ‘Real Estate Market’ and Business Communication and Personality Development’. He is guiding Ph.D. scholars on Tourism and innovative research papers on agro-tourism as a mean to business. Dr. Das is life member of four prominent societies in India. His hobbies include making friends, painting, writing fiction in English, writing poems in English, playing and travelling.

Cândida Cadavez (PhD) is a Lecturer at the Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, in Portugal. She has a Master’s Degree in English Culture Studies with the thesis A Room with a View to the World: Tourism, Globalization and Culture and a PhD in Literary and Culture Studies by the University of Lisbon with a thesis on the tourism representations in the Portuguese Estado Novo, named “All for the Nation”. Tourism Representations in Portugal from 1933 to 1940. Her main research interests include tourism, nation(alism)s and popular culture. She is a member of the Research Center for Communication and Culture (Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon) and a researcher at Fundação António Quadros – Cultura e Pensamento.

Che-Jen Su
holds a 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.

Chris Cooper is Professor in the Business Faculty at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He was Chair of the UN World Tourism Organization Education Council (2005 – 2007) and was awarded the UN Ulysses Medal for contributions to tourism education and policy. He co-edits Current Issues in Tourism and sits on editorial boards for leading tourism, hospitality and leisure journals. He has authored a number of leading textbooks and is the co-series editor of Channelview’s influential book series ‘Aspects of Tourism’.

Eddy K. Tukamushaba
(PhD) is currently a senior lecturer in the department of International Hospitality Management Stenden University Qatar. He has over 15 years of university teaching experience and his area of research in destination branding and service quality in hospitality. His publications have appeared in different Journals such as Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Journal of Tourism, Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, International Journal of Tourism Sciences, International Journal of Market Research, Journal of China Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management. He has obtained an number of research awards. More details about him can be obtained from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eddy_Tukamushaba/info.

Edith M. Szivas is a tourism development expert and Director of the UAE based SeaStar Tourism Consultancy. She has over 20 years of international and regional experience in tourism sector development, working on advisory projects for the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), EU, USAID and AFED (Arab Forum for Environment and Development) in the area of sustainable tourism strategy and planning and tourism human resource development.  She had a distinguished academic career during which she was Director of PhD Programme and led the Tourism MSc Programmes at the University of Surrey, UK. Later she joined the Jumeirah Group, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai as Director of Research and Consultancy. She gained her MSc Degree in Tourism Planning and Development and her PhD in Tourism at the University of Surrey, UK. Dr Szivas started her career in international trade and emerging markets.

Eduardo Fayos-Solà
is President of the Ulysses Foundation. He has been Professor of Applied Economics and now teaches Tourism Policy at the University of Valencia. He has been the Executive Secretary for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Knowledge Network. Former Director for Europe at the UNWTO from 2007 to 2011.  Director of several joint Cooperation for Development projects of UNDP, UNESCO and UNWTO, as well as Founder and Director of the UNWTO. Themis Volunteers for Development, and Director of Education and Knowledge Management, UNWTO, since 1994. He was the Founder and Executive President of the UNWTO Themis Foundation and the TedQual System for Quality in Tourism Education and Training (1998-2007).  From 1991 to 1994 he was the Director General of Tourism for Spain, being involved with the launching of a new era of Tourism Policy and Tourism Knowledge and Education in Spain, as well as the new organization of the UNWTO Affiliate Members, or the tourism aspects of global events, such as the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the Universal Expo in Seville. He has been the Founder and Director of the Tourism PhD Programme at Nebrija University (Madrid, Spain) and Assistant Professor of Economics of Development at the University of Stockholm (Sweden). He was the Founder and Director General of the Institute for Tourism in Valencia (ITVA) until 1991. Between 1979 and 1985, he was a member of the Diplomatic Missions of Spain in Sweden and the United Kingdom, involved with Spain’s entry in the European Union. Professor Fayos-Solà was Vice-President of the Official School of Tourism of Spain from 1991 to 1994 with responsibility for the Spanish Tourism Education System. He has been Director of the academic journal Tourism Studies and is the Founder of Papers de Turisme and UNWTO TedQual, while at present serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM) and Pasos. He has also served as Associate Editor of Annals of Tourism Research, The Encyclopedia of Tourism and in the Editorial Board of Tourism Management. He is the editor and co-author of four recent books: Tourism as an Instrument for Development (Emerald, 2014), Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality (Papers de Turisme, 2013), Knowledge Management in Tourism (Emerald, 2012), and Tourism and Climate Change (PUV, 2010), as well as the author of other books, articles and research studies on subjects concerning tourism economics, development and governance.  Eduardo Fayos-Solà received a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Valencia (Spain) and a Master in Economics from the University of Stockholm (Sweden). He has also completed courses in the United States (University of Minnesota) and the United Kingdom (Oxford University). He is a Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of organizations such as Transmediterránea, Banco Hipotecario and Sociedad Estatal Quinto Centenario. Among the awards he has received is the Knight of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain.

Efstathios Velissariou
holds the PhD degree from Tourism Economics from Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, and he holds a Diploma of Business Administration from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. He is Vice Rector of the Technological Education Institute of Thessaly in Greece (formerly TEI of Larissa), responsible for the IT and Infrastructure Systems of the Institution. From 2005 to 2013 he was Head of the Department of Tourism Business Administration at the Technological Education Institute of Larissa and since 2000 he is a Lecturer in the Postgraduate Program of Tourism Business Administration at the Hellenic Open University. In the past Efstathios Velissariou was employed by the Greek Tourism Organization and as a Senior Consultant in the Consulting Company IN.DE.CO.  S.A. and he has participated in several European Business Projects, in the framework of Interreg, Phare CBC, NOW (New Opportunities for Women), TERRA Program, EQUAL, E.U.-Town Twining Program, Leonardo Da Vinci, Phare Lien Program and others. Professor Velissariou is author of 3 books, has contributed in many collective editions and published several papers in international scientific journals in the field of tourism. He has presented papers at International Scientific Conferences and has conducted extensive research in the field of Tourism and Economics. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of the MTOL (Transactions International journal ISSN: 1790-9899), the PRIME (Practical Research Issues in Management & Economics ISSN: 1791-5767), the Revista de turism - studii si cercetari in turism (ISSN 18442994), a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Ecoforum Journal (ISSN: 2344 – 2174) and also a member in many Scientific Conference Committees in the field of tourism worldwide.

Elisa Burrai is a lecturer in Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University. She completed her degree in Modern Languages at the University of Pisa, Italy (2004); an international MA in International Tourism Management, Nuoro, Italy (2007); and a PhD entitled ‘Residents’ Perceptions of Volunteer Tourism in Cusco, Peru’ at Leeds Metropolitan University (2012). In 2013 she worked on the EPSRC funded project "Urban Retrofit 2020-2050" at the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF), at the University of Salford. During her studies and afterwards, Elisa lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate modules on tourism and sustainability, tourism and development, responsible tourism and research methods. Her research interests focus mainly on sustainability, tourism in developing contexts, international development, community development, empowerment and poverty reduction.

Elizete Kreutz holds a PhD degree in Multimodal Discourse of Mutants Brands, University of Brasilia (UNB), Brazil; Doctor and Master degree in Social Communication, from Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil; post-graduated in English and graduated in Letters - Portuguese /English from Faculdade de Educação Ciências e Letras do Alto Taquari (FATES/UNIVATES), Brazil. Professor-researcher at the Univates and collaborating professor of universities: UNB (Brasilia /Brazil), Feevale (Novo Hamburgo / Brazil), FAE (Erechim / Brazil), Dom Alberto (Santa Cruz do Sul / Brazil), UNIVALE (Brazil / Brazil), UMAYOR (Santiago/Chile), ISMAI (Maia / Portugal), IPL (IPL / Portugal), Porto (Portugal), UVIGO (Spain) and others. Coordinator, in UNIVATES, Social Communication (2001-2003); Design (2011); Fashion Design (2012- present) and MBA Branding & Business (2013-present). Research areas: Mutant Brand(ing), Brand, Branding, Communication and Design. It referee of scientific journals, has publications in scientific journals and books in the area. President of International Association of Researchers in Branding and director of Mutants Brands Co.

Emese Panyik (PhD) is assistant professor of tourism at the Catholic University of Portugal, Braga Regional Centre and member of Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy Research Unit (GOVCOPP) of the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She graduated from Geography and Political Sciences and earned her MA in tourism management at the University of Pécs, Hungary. She completed her PhD in tourism management at the University of Aveiro, Portugal in the area of local governance. She is author of various papers in international scientific journals and book chapters and co-editor of two recently published books on European tourism planning and organisation. She is reviewer for highly ranked scientific journals including Tourism Management and has been member of the organising and scientific committee of various international conferences. Her research interests include: strategic tourism planning, rural governance, EU tourism policy and local policymaking.

Francisco Dias
holds a PhD degree in Tourism Science from the University of Perpignan, France. After his first master degree in Neuropsycology by the Moscow State University (MGU), he concluded a second Master degree in Social Psycology at the Oporto University. He is Associate Professor of the School Tourism and Maritime Technology at the IPLeiria – the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal), and member of GITUR – Tourism Research Unit of the IPLeiria. As Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation he has contributed to the improvement of tourism research networking. 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 International Tourism Film Festival, and chairman of 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.

Galal M. H.Afifi (Ph. D.) has over 20 years of experience in tourism education and business. He is currently the Head of the Tourism Department at Sultan Qaboos University. Dr. Galal has extensive experience in tourism management, business and operation of travel intermediaries, event management, and tourism education. He is a reviewer in several prominent  tourism journals such as Tourism Management, Tourism Management perspective, Tourism Analysis, and Quality Assurance in Education, Galal has been numerously awarded for his excellence in research.

Graham Busby
is Associate Professor in Tourism Management at Plymouth University, United Kingdom. The last two decades have flown by which must indicate British higher education appeals to him; or, perhaps, Plymouth University is a great place to work. Along with Kevin Meethan, he edits the Journal of Tourism Consumption and Practice. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Over the years, he has investigated many facets of tourism which involve linkages with literature, film, agriculture, and education. He has been a keynote speaker at conferences in Portugal, Serbia, and Singapore and reviews for twenty-eight journals. Successful PhD completions have investigated topics such as Chinese DMOs and higher education internships.

Gregor Balažič is a geographer and a PhD candidate employed as an assistant at the Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica, University of Primorska, Slovenia. In his PhD thesis he deals with the socio-geographic impacts of gambling tourism in the Slovenian-Italian contact area. His research interests are gambling tourism, the integration of natural and cultural heritage into tourism, the integration of nature protected areas in tourism and impacts of tourism on space. He was a member of the National Subject Commission of Geography for the matura exam between 2012 - 2014. He was also a member and secretary of the Geographical Society Primorje and a member of the Slovene Society of Political Geography. In addition to pedagogical work he is also involved in national and international projects. He is the author of several scientific articles and has had participated with contributions at scientific international conferences.

Henning Schwarze is a professional geographer, media expert and entrepreneur with international experience in sustainable tourism development, environmental assessment, ecosystem management, web, media & application design and production. These skills are underpinned by a good knowledge of physio-geography, ecology, information technology and marketing. Henning Schwarze am also experienced as a consultant in world heritage sites, biosphere reserves and other protected areas. Since 2001 he has been working as a consultant to UNESCO. In 2005 Henning Schwarze became the Managing Partner of INTEWO | World Habitat Society GmbH, a company which he founded together with colleagues from the University of Paderborn, Germany. INTEWO focuses on environment, tourism and education for sustainable development. Henning Schwarze has bases in Schlangen (Germany), Bahir Dar (Ethiopia) and Muscat (Oman).

Hirofumi Miyagi
, PhD, is a Lecturer of the School of Business Administration at the Osaka University of Commerce (Japan), and also researcher at the Institute of General Industrial Research, Okinawa International University (Japan). He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of the Ryukyus (Japan), with the thesis “An Inquiry into the Evaluation of Service Quality from Customer Perspective”. And he holds Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business Administration – Ritsumeikan University (Japan) with the thesis “The Development on Destination through Hospitality Industry Formation - the Case of Clusters Process and Offering of Service Concepts in Okinawa Hotel Industry -”. His main research interests are in the field of Marketing in the Tourism related Industries; Quality and Experience of Tourist Destination; Satisfaction Mirror developed for Tourist Destination.

Hirooka Yuichi (PhD) is Full Professor at Wakayama University, Faculty of Tourism, Japan. He holds a Bachelor Degree from Ritsumeikan University, College of Law, Kyoto, a MBA Degree from Ritsumeikan University, Graduate School in Business Administration, Kusatsu, and a Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan University, Graduate School of Policy Science, Kyoto, Japan. His research has been focused on issues relating to tourism and travel operation, tourism industry or tourism policies.

Hosam Refai (Phd) is Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University, Egypt, and director of International Center of Excellence for Education Management (ICEEM) in this same university. He is also coordinator of the Master Program for International Education Management (INEMA) at University of Helwan and University of Ludwigsburg, Germany. His area of expertise includes: Heritage Management; Egyptology and Archaeology; Tourism Guidance; Heritage Interpretation; Tourism Guidance Services at Heritage Sites; Archaeological Capacity Building for Tour Guides; Sustainability of Tourism in Archaeological Sites; Development of Tour Guides Language, Skills and Techniques; Environmental Tourism Guidance; Designing Academic Plans, Curricula and Training Courses in Tourism and Tourism Guidance; Museum Management; Tourism Guidance Legislation and Practices; and Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education.

Hyo-Jae Joun is Research Fellow in Korea Culture & Tourism Institute (KCTI) of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in South Korea. His position is the Center of Information, Statistics, and Research & Development in Culture and Tourism. He holds a PHD in management Information systems from Graduate School of Hanyang University. His researches focus on a policy of tourism and travel industry from 1999. And more, His research interests are in the areas of e-commerce of tourism business, tourism contents and industry networks, information quality, etc. He is a member of the board of The Tourism Sciences Society of Korea and Korea Marine Tourism Society, and ISO/TC 228(Tourism Service) in Korean Agency for Technology and Standards. He also Taught as lecturer in some university in South Korea.

Ilinka Terziyska has been a Faculty Member at the Tourism Department of the SWU “Neofit Rislki”, Bulgaria since 2007. Her research interests include cultural tourism, cultural heritage, authenticity, and tourism behavior. The topic of her PhD thesis is destination competitiveness with a special focus on cultural destinations. She is currently teaching several courses, including Cultural Tourism, Ethnological Tourism, Project Management and Cultural Tourism Itineraries. Member of the editorial board of the African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure.

Ineta Luka
, Dr.paed., professor, head of the Language Department at Turiba University, Latvia; an expert in pedagogy of Latvian Council of Science; a representative of Turiba University in University Network of European Cultural Capitals (UNeECC). Her doctor’s Thesis is in the field of higher tourism education, the author of two monographs related with tourism education, the co-author of three books, the author and co-author of 52 scientific papers, has presented in numerous international scientific conferences and participated in international research projects. Research areas: higher tourism education, development of employability skills, intercultural and language competence, quality of higher education.

Iuliana Bucurescu is an architect, with postgraduate specialization in Historic Monuments Restoration and advanced studies in Building Rehabilitation. University assistant at the Department of Architectural Conservation and Restoration in the city of Sibiu, an extension of the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism from Bucharest. Member of ICOMOS Romania and of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism. She completed her PhD thesis, entitled “Cultural tourism in small and  medium historic centres – directions of architectural and urban planning action. Romanian case studies.” Her research field is approaching the relationship between heritage destinations and cultural tourism, paying attention to the interdisciplinary character of the subject. Her areas of interest are the relationship between tourism development and cultural heritage protection, impacts of tourism in historic centers and heritage destinations, aspects concerning the authenticity and the sense of place
   
Jafar Jafari
is Professor of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of Hospitality and Tourism (USA). He came to this position trained as a cultural anthropologist (PhD, University of Minnesota, USA) and as hotel administration graduate (BS and MS, Cornell University, USA), bringing with him additionally an honorary doctorate from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain). Jafar’s contributions to the academic community span international boundaries and institutions. He is Visiting Professor of the Universidade do Algarve (Portugal), Luleå University of Technology (Sweden), and Sun Yat-sen University (China); Lifetime Honorary Professorship of Bundelkhand University (India), and international Program Director of the Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain). In addition to research and teaching, Jafar holds numerous editorial board positions and has established foundational journals, books, and networks within tourism studies. He is the Founding Editor of Annals of Tourism Research: A Social Sciences Journal. Jafar is also Chief Editor of Tourism Social Science (book) Series; Co-Chief Editor, Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice book series; Chief Editor, Encyclopedia of Tourism; Co-Founding Editor, Information Technology & Tourism; Co-Founder, TRINET: Tourism Research Information Network; and Founding President, International Academy for the Study of Tourism.

Jaime Serra holds a PhD in Tourism from the Faculty of Economics - University of Algarve, Portugal. He concludes his master degree in Management by the University of Évora, Portugal, and the Degree in Tourism Management and Strategy at the Polytechnic Institute of Beja, Portugal. He is Assistant Professor of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Évora in the field of Tourism Studies (Degree and Master degree). He is also researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics (CEFAGE) – University of Évora. His research interests are in the field of consumer behavior in tourism at cultural destinations; travel motivations and preferences; tourism demand and applied econometrics.

Jia-Jhen Liu is Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management and also General Secretary at Taiwan Hospitality & Tourism University. She gained her PhD in Business Administration from National Taipei University. She is a reviewer in several tourism journals such as Journal of Taiwan Tourism and the Taipei Historical Documents. Meanwhile, she is also editor of Study Tour Taiwan series books. She is also a founding member of Chinese Service Association and CT Information System Association. Dr. Liu has extensive experience in business and operation of travel intermediaries, event management, and tourism education, her main research interests include human resource management, tourism and organizational behavior.

Joanna Kosmaczewska holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Science with a specialization in Economics. She has been 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 a member of the Advisory Board – European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation (www.ejthr.com) and member of the GITUR - International Tourism Research Group, Peniche, Portugal (www.giturprojects.com). 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.

João Vasconcelos
is graduated in Geography and have a Master Course on Land Management and Environmental Planning. He has a PhD in Environment from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal). João has been a Lecturer at the School of Tourism and Maritime Technologies from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria since 2006, in the field of Tourism, Geography and Environment. He is the Coordinator of the Tourism Research Group (GITUR) from Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. He is also the Executive Editor of the European Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Recreation.

Jordi Tresserras Juan (PhD) is associated professor and director of Director of LABPATC – Laboratory of Heritage, Creativity and Cultural Tourism at Universitat de Barcelona. From 1999, he is academic coordinator of Postgraduate Course in Cultural Tourism at Universitat de Barcelona. He was assistant professor of cultural tourism at New York University (2001). From 2001 is delegate member at UNESCO Chair / UNITWIN-UNESCO Network “Culture, Tourism, Development” coordinated by Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbone. Expert and consultant in sustainable tourism in cultural sites (mainly in UNESCO World Heritage sites and transnational cultural and pilgrimage routes) and gastronomy tourism destinations (gastrodestinations and food routes). He worked for international organizations (Council of Europe, European Union, IADB, ILO-UN, UNESCO, UNWTO, World Bank) and national cooperation agencies (AECID, Alliance Française, Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo, Cooperation Suisse, GIZ). In Euro-Asia cooperation initiatives, he has experience in projects in European Mediterranean countries, China, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Tadzhikistan.

Jos van der Sterren is an economist with international experience in higher education, training, consulting and management. Focus on access to finance, international SME business and value chain development in emerging and developing countries. Was Fund manager of a whole sale credit programme providing access to finance in developing economies. Directed a technical assistance facility challenging overindebtedness and exploitation in the microfinance sector. Extensive experience in more than 30 countries as consultant and trainer (over 20 years, with long term assignments (Central America and Argentina). Projects related to the field of banking, risk and fund management, microfinance, small business development, international trade, supported by NGO"s and international donors. Currently Dean of Academy for Tourism at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. Overall responsability for 120 faculty and support staff. Services include BA and Bsc. undergraduate and MA master courses in tourism sciences. Responsable for innovations in education and improved linkages with travel and tourism industry staff. Research on tourism, informal economy and access to finance. Expertise areas: Access to Finance, Financial Markets in emerging countries SME development, income generation and financial services Tourism Destination Management Value Chain Development, Trade and Development Corporate Social Responsibility.

Jose Andres Coca-Stekaniak
holds PhD degree Public Works (Town centre management, place marketing and urban revitalisation) by Middlesex University. Currently he is lecturer at the University of Greenwich on a number of undergraduate courses, including event operations; experience design and marketing of events; human resources management for events, tourism and hospitality; introduction to the events industry; destination management and research methods. His research interests covers the following domains: sustainable events, city marketing and branding, management of places and destinations, town centre competitiveness, cultural events and business and community-based approaches to partnership management in cities. His achievements include: Member of editorial advisory board of Journal of Place Management and Development and Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal. European Commission expert for the URBACT II programme. Adviser to the UK Government on high street competitiveness as member of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Future High Streets Forum Research Task Group. Currently working on a number of bids for European Commission funding.

José Manuel Hernández Mogollon is PhD in Economics and Business, Professor of Tourism Marketing at the University of Extremadura (Spain), and coordinator of the Research Group in Marketing and Tourism Management (MARKETUR). His most important scientific publications are in the field of cultural and natural tourism management, and in particular on issues such as rural tourism, birdwatching, tourism intelligence, slow tourism, hospitality, events, agrotourism, relationship marketing or market orientation.

Jun-Ren Wang is an associate professor of department of recreation and leisure industry management of National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan. He teaches all the degrees from doctoral, master, and undergraduate programs. He hold PhD Degree in Management by the National Taipei University. His research interests covers Service Quality Management, Sports Marketing, New Product Management, Brand Management, Tourism Consumer Behavior, Sports Tourism.

Kevser
Çınar is a PhD Candidate in Tourism Management at Necmettin Erbakan University. She graduated from Middle East Technical University in 2003.  She is an instructor and expert in the Faculty of Tourism at Necmettin Erbakan University in Konya, Turkey. She has been working as International Projects Expert for 8 years. She has taken part in several different International and Erasmus Projects so far-gained a good understanding of what is required of a project expert and coordinator both in Turkey and in Europe. She is experienced enough writing projects and implementing its activities. She has worked 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 titled as ‘Destination Manager for Small Capital Of Culture’, ‘Start-up Communities’ and ‘E-GAME’. She is also taking part as researcher, organizer, speaker and trainer in several national and international projects and conferences. Her project activities deal with Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Tourism and Destination Management. She is also the language editor of International Journal of Education.


Kim Sang Jun is Associate Professor at Kindai University. The Faculty of Business Administration. He holds a Bachelor Degree from Daegu University in Korea, MA Degree from Tohoku University in Sendai Japan, Graduate School in Business. Ph.D. from Osaka University of Economics. His research has been focused on travel Agency management, industrial organization analysis, and inbound tourism.

Kostas Zafiropoulos
is an Associate Professor at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Greece. He holds a PhD in Quantitative Methods and he teaches Statistics and Research Methods. His research interests include the study of Web2.0 in Tourism and Politics.

Kuo-Cheng Liu received the Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tatung University, Taiwan.  He is President of Taiwan Hospitality and Tourism University, Taiwan and Professor with the Information Educating Center and Graduate Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management.  His research activities and interests are in the areas of multimedia processing, information application to tourism education and training, and information management.  Professor Liu has participated in to several National Research Projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Education (MOE), Taiwan.  He is the Expert Committee Member of Home Stay (Hostel) Appraisal Plan in Tourism Bureau of Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), Taiwan and Executive Member of Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence in MOE, Taiwan.  Also, Professor Liu is Advisory Committee Member of Committee of Tourism Promotion in Tourism Department, Haulien County, Taiwan.  Since 2009, he was also involved in the research activities and projects guided by Dean Professor Shinfeng D. Lin of College of Science and Engineering in National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. He is invited as referee for highly ranked scientific journals including Neurocomputing, Applied Computing and Informatics, and Computer Journal and the committee member of various international conferences.

Lina Pilelienė is an associate professor at Marketing Department, Faculty of Economics and Management, Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. During the years of academic career, Lina Pilelienė specialises in marketing. By now she has published more than forty articles in scholarly journals (referred in scientific databases), participated and presented her research findings at more than thirty international scientific events in Lithuania, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Moldova, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sultanate of Oman, Poland and Latvia; several researches were accepted with honourable mentions. Currently Lina is a manager for the project “Elaboration of methodology for the evaluation of advertising effectiveness”, funded by Lithuanian Research Council. Main scientific research areas are consumer behaviour, customer satisfaction and loyalty, place marketing, neuro marketing.

Lóránt Dávid (PdD) is graduated in History, Geography, European Studies and Tourism. He is a professor in Tourism at Károly Róbert College, Gyöngyös, and a Honorary Associate Professor at Szent István University, Gödöllő in Hungary. He obtained the title of ‘Jean Monnet Professor’ in 2008. He has longstanding teaching, publication and research interests in tourism, regional development and environmental studies. He did habilitation in Management and Business Administration and Environmental Sciences as well. More recently he has been undertaking research on tourism management. He is the author and editor of over 10 books as well as over 250 articles and book chapters and has been active in a number of international research and teaching associations. He has been teaching as ‘Visiting Professor’ in Poland, Canada, Slovakia, Romania, Austria, Kazakhstan, Russia, India and Egypt.

Luís Lima Santos
is Full Professor on financial accounting in the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal. PhD in economic and business sciences, and MSc in accounting and corporate finance, he is co-editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation (EJHTR) and research member of Tourism Research Group (GiTUR). Recently he focuses on the study of management accounting on lodging industry.
Madhuri Sawant is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator (Research and Consultancy) at the Department of Tourism Administration, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad (MS), India. A post graduate in Tourism Administration (MTA) and Ph.D (Tourism). She also holds PG Diplomas in Business Management, German Language and Environmental Studies. Her research interests are Marketing, CSR, Socio-Economic Aspects and Heritage Tourism Management and has completed 05 Major research projects sponsored by University Grants Commission (UGC), Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Ministry of Tourism Government of India. She has over 25 publications including 04 books and 26 referred journal articles and book chapters to her credit and has organized one International and 03 National Seminars /Conferences/Workshops. As a Research Supervisor, she is guiding Doctoral Research Fellows on CSR, HR, Internet Marketing, Destination Branding, Crime & Tourism. Expert Member on various prominent Academic Committees of Tourism in 13 Universities and has designed over 12 courses/programs in Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Madhuri Sawant, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, India Madhuri Sawant is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator (Research and Consultancy) at the Department of Tourism Administration, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad (MS), India. A post graduate in Tourism Administration (MTA) and Ph.D (Tourism). She also holds PG Diplomas in Business Management, German Language and Environmental Studies. Her research interests are Marketing, CSR, Socio-Economic Aspects and Heritage Tourism Management and has completed 05 Major research projects sponsored by University Grants Commission (UGC), Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Ministry of Tourism Government of India. She has over 25 publications including 04 books and 26 referred journal articles and book chapters to her credit and has organized one International and 03 National Seminars /Conferences/Workshops. As a Research Supervisor, she is guiding Doctoral Research Fellows on CSR, HR, Internet Marketing, Destination Branding, Crime & Tourism. Expert Member on various prominent Academic Committees of Tourism in 13 Universities and has designed over 12 courses/programs in Tourism and Hospitality Management.


Maged Negm
(PhD) is Vice-President of Helwan University (Egypt) for Community Services and Environmental Development & Acting Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Research. He holds a B. Sc Degree (1984) and a Master Degree (1988) at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management of Helwan University and Doctorate Degree (1993) at the Liverpool University, UK. His previous posts include: Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University (2010 - 2012), Vice-Dean for Education and Students Affairs (2008 – 2010), Head of Tourism Department, College of Arts and Social Science, Sultan Qaboos University (2001 – 2008). He worked with Sultan Qaboos University since September 2000 as the Founder of the Tourism Department.

Maria Oroian, Ph.D. in Economics at the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj Napoca, Romania. She graduated in 1996 the Faculty of Economics at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca, specializing in finance and credit. She is currently part of the staff of the Faculty of Geography at the same university, teaching Tourism Management and Economics, Tourism Marketing, Tourism Policies and Sustainable Development, Environmental Economics and Tourism Resources Valorisation. She is Editor-in-Chief of “Academica Science Journal”. During the 16 years of teaching and research, she elaborated seven books, five academic courses and over 50 articles. She was part of the management teams of eight research contracts, three of them won by international competition (two co-financed from Phare funds and two co-financed from the European Social Fund POSDRU).

Marica Mazurek
participated in several academic exchanges and Visitor Professorship activities in Canada (Brock University, University of Waterloo), where she participated in research activities dealing with tourism marketing and branding, innovations and tourism destinations competitiveness. She is the author of several academic publications, for example in the International Journal of Emerging Markets, Journal of Internet Commerce, the book chapter in Tourism Marketing: On both Sides of the Counter edited by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (edited by Prof. Metin Kozak et al.), Kybernetes. Her project activities deal with Co-creation and Innovations (LIPSE project with the EU and several EU universities), Branding, Image and Reputation (Canada and Saudi Arabia), Marketing and Ethnocentrism (Canada, Brock University and Matej Bel University), Social Economy (University of Leuven and Matej Bel University), Consumer Behaviour and Motivation (Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan).

Marinus C. Gisolf have lived in Costa Rica for over thirty years and most part of that time he have worked in in-bound tourism. Founder and senior consultant at Tourism Theories – Costa Rica - and researcher in Tourism and Sustainability as well as University Guest Lecturer – among others at:  Saxion University of Applied Sciences, InHolland University, HAN University Arnhem-Nijmegen, Stenden University as well as Hotel Villas Gaia, MyCosta Rica S.A., BTTravel Services, 333Travel among others

Masayuki Maruyama
is 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.

Masooma Al-Balushi
(PhD) is currently a member of the Tourism Department / College of Arts and Social Sciences / Sultan Qaboos University / Sultanate of Oman. She was the first Omani female to get a PhD in Hospitality Management. Masooma has represented the Sultanate of Oman in lots of Regional and Global Venues, she has been chosen by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as National Tourism Human Resources Development Specialist (National Consultant). Her research interests and publications are in the areas of: Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Social and cultural issues, Tourism and Hospitality Education.

Metin Kozak
as a Visiting Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, I am currently affiliated with Dokuz Eylul University. Turkey. I hold Bachelor’s degree from Cukurova University (Turkey), Master’s from Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey) and Ph.D. from Sheffield Hallam University (UK); all relating to tourism and hospitality management. I act as the co-editor of Anatolia and serves an editorial board member of over 25 journals including Annals, JTR, JTTM, and TA. In addition, as a Research Fellow in 2005-2006, I was affiliated with the Department of Marketing, University of Namur (Belgium). I also have an extensive experience in taking parts in the organization of various tourism and hospitality conferences, e.g. ATMC, Graduate Research Conference in Tourism and Hospitality, Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Conference, and IAST, TRC, AIEST, and CPTHL. As of October 2014, my works have received over 800 citations in ISI-referenced journals and over 4,500 citations counted by Google Scholar. Recently, I was ranked among the top 25 prolific tourism researchers in terms of the number of publications from 1985 to 2004 (Zhao & Ricthie, 2007) and from 2000 to 2009 (Park, Phillips, Cantr & Abbott, 2011). I was also ranked among the top 50 prolific scholars in terms of the frequency of cited articles (McKercher, 2008). My research interests entail quality management, benchmarking, destination management and marketing, consumer behaviour, competitiveness, and branding.

Mohammadjavad Mahdavinejad
(PdD) Graduated from SAMPAD – National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents of Iran - by 1996 and then enrolled in University of Tehran, School of Fine Arts in 1996. He graduated as gold medalist of the school in 2001 and continued his Ph.D. in University of Tehran until graduation as top student in 2007. He won some outstanding national and international prizes in academic as well as architectural design competitions. He recognized as the most cited scholar in field of architecture and planning in 2009, 2010, 2012 by MSRT – Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran. Right now, he is an academic staff of Faculty of Art and Architecture, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. He printed more than a two hundred scientific papers and twenty books as author, translator and editor or editor in chief; and focused his researches on new generation of contemporary architectural monuments which represents a good place to visit and magnify architectural extravagant monument as destination branding indices.

Muzaffer (Muzzo) Uysal, PhD., is a professor of tourism and hospitality management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Pamplin College of Business in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  He has extensive experience in the travel and tourism field; has worked on several funded tourism management and marketing projects and conducted tourism workshops and seminars in more than 20 countries. He is a member of International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and serves as co-editor of Tourism Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  He has also authored and co-authored a significant number of articles, five monographs, and seven   books related to tourism research methods, tourist service satisfaction, tourism and quality-of-life, creating experience value in tourism, consumer psychology in tourism and hospitality settings. Dr. Uysal has also received a number of awards for Research, Excellence in International Education, Teaching Excellence, and best paper awards. His current research interests center on tourism demand/supply interaction, tourism development and QOL research in tourism.

Namjae Cho holds a Ph.D degree in MIS, School of Management of Boston University. He is affiliated at School of Business, Hanyang University, Korea. He is President of Korea Database Society and Chairman and International ITAM Society. He has been General Chair of the International Conference on IT Applications and Management, that took place in Seoul, Korea and Jakarta, Indonesia (2009), Seoul, Korea (2010), Jeju, Korea and Bangkok, Thailand (2011), Istanbul, Turkey and Jaipur, India (2012), Kathmandu, Nepal, Wonju, Korea (2013), Taipei, Taiwan (2014). He was editor in chief of the Journal of IT Applications and Management, 20006~2010 (Korea), and member of editorial boards of Contemporary Management Research, Nirma University Journal of Business and Management Studies and Information Systems Review. Nowadays he is member of editorial boards of the following scientific journals: International Journal of Cyber Society and Education, The Journal of Incisive Analysers, and The International Journal of Management Digest. Namjae Cho is also Invited Research advisor of University of Paris, Sud, and Overseas Doctorate Reviewer, Asia Institute of Technology, 2011. Advisory Board Member: Korea Ministry of Information and Communication, City of Seoul, Seoul Metropolitan Transit Railway, Korea IT Promotion Agency, Korea Information Society Development Institute. He has been invited as keynote speaker to many International Conferences.

Prakash Chandra is from Nepal. He has been more focused and committed in the field of Tourism related research activities in both his own country and abroad. He hold Master Degree in management from his home country (Tribhuvan University), and an Australian MBA in Tourism and Hospitality Management in the year 2012 (South London College, UK). He seems very much determined to ensure his career as a promising researcher in the days ahead. Tourism and its various aspects like ecotourism, sustainable tourism, responsible tourism. Community based tourism, religious and cultural tourism, home staying tourism, cost effective event management for sustainable tourism are his broader fields of research interests. On top of these, he is interested to create and be involved into a network of researchers and scholars to gain and share the research knowledge skills and experiences. 

Puiu Nistoreanu, PhD, is Full Professor; PhD Tutor in Business Administration; Vice dean Faculty of Business and Tourism (formerly Commerce), member at the Tourism and Geography Department, at The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (Romania). He is a member of the Advisory Board of: Amfiteatru Economic, "Revistei de turism" (Review of Tourism), Ecoforum Journal; CACTUS Journal; International Journal of Economic Practices and Theories. He is the initiator of the Ecotourism and rural tourism discipline (1998) in the Romanian academic learning system; one of the pioneers of the study of the rural tourism and ecotourism phenomenon in Romania (took part in the World Ecotourism Summit — Québec 2002); one of the renowned Romanian specialists in the field. He was among the first actors of the change and founding of the modern Romanian rural tourism, at the beginning of the "90. Active member and pillar of the National Association for Rural, Ecological and Cultural Tourism in Romania (ANTREC) - 1994-1998. Took part at the fifth anniversary of Eurogites, Viana do Castelo (Portugal, September 1995); took part in elaborating the country report for tourism – 2006, made by the National authority four Tourism in Romania and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC); was part of the interdisciplinary group of experts which developed the Romanian touristic strategy 2007-2013, and also the national strategy for developing ecotourism in Romania (2009). Author of 30 books (7 author, coordinator 2, 21 co-author), over 200 specialized studies and articles (published in Romania and abroad), 20 research contracts. Fields of competence: business administration in tourism services (tourism marketing and management, business negotiation, production and marketing of tourism), sustainable development and tourism (ecotourism, rural tourism), cultural tourism. Interests: business administration, management, marketing, services, tourism, sustainable development, education

Qian Chen is an Associate Lecturer and a PhD researcher in Tourism and Hospitality at Plymouth University, United Kingdom. She gained her bachelor degrees in Business and Tourism Management from Sichuan International Studies University, China, and Plymouth University, UK. Her main research interest are culinary and heritage tourism, destination marketing, and tourism consumer behaviour. She is an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy.

Qiuju Luo,
Ph.D. and professor, is the deputy dean of School of Tourism Management in Sun Yat-sen University. She is also the deputy president of Zhuhai Convention and Exhibition Association and the expert in Consultative Committee of people’s government of Haizhu District, Guangzhou, China. Dr. Luo has taught and researched in the area of exhibition, convention, mega event and event tourism for a long time and become one of the dominating researchers in this field, and she also cultivated a batch of outstanding graduates in this field. Dr. Luo has presided over several academic projects, including one National Natural Science Foundation, two National Tourism Administration Project Funds, one Guangdong Social Science Fund and one research fund project for young Liberal arts teachers of Sun Yet-Sen University. Dr. Luo has published over 40 research articles in major journals, such as Tourism Management, Tourism Economics, Journal of Geographical Sciences, Chinese Geographical Sciences, China Sport Science, Tourism Tribune, Journal of China Tourism Research, Human Geography and so on. Of which, the paper “Study on the Net Economic Impact of Visitors’ Expenditure in Mega Sport Events: Case Study of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games” has won the best paper award in the 2014 TOSOK (Tourism Sciences Society of Korea). International Tourism Conference, which is the most influential tourism conference in Korea. Dr. Luo has undertaken over 30 consulting projects, including one consultative project for China Foreign Trade Centre, one for people’s government of Haizhu District in Guanghzou and two for Sichuan Bureau of Expo Affairs. She has also participated in more than 10 tourism planning projects commissioned respectively by the government in Hunan Province, Huangshan City, Zhangjiajie City, Guilin City, Huizhou City, Maoming City, Linzhi Region of Tibet, Yanshuo County and other famous tourism destinations.

Rong Huang is an Associate Professor in Tourism Marketing at Plymouth University in the UK. She is a Senior Fellow of the UK"s Higher Education Academy. Her research interests focus on aspects of the tourism phenomenon, for example tourism education, international student experience, internationalisation, and new academics. The subjects of her recent publications include ICT and tourism curriculum, the effective use of field trip in postgraduate tourism and hospitality education, the experience of new academics, and also international experience and graduate employability.

S. C. Bagri (PhD) is a leading international expert carrying 35 years of enriched experience in tourism and hospitality discipline. He is a vivid researcher in the field of tourism and hospitality. He continuously involves in conducting research projects duly sponsored by national and international agencies. He created the Centre for Mountain Tourism & Hospitality Research (CMTHS) of HNB Garhwal University, Srinag Garhwal as a premier centre for carrying out cutting edge research in Tourism and Hospitality Management. He has created a niche to the institution where he is working till date. He brought his dream come true by bringing out Journal of Tourism to disseminate the accumulated wisdom to others. He envisages bringing accolades by creating India a specialized centre for tourism education competing world countries. He serves as an expert member in many state and national bodies entrusted for developing tourism sector and academics a step ahead. He have published more than 20 papers published in leading journals and has authored 7 books. His research paper has been published in influential scientific journals such as Hospitality Review and Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism. He has conducted many workshops aimed at developing community capacity in Uttarakhand and received many accolades from the state government and community members for this noble initiative. Besides all his hectic academic assignments, he is a vivid traveler, keen in learning cross-cultural linkages and its effect in tourism business.

S.K.Gupta
, Ph. D is a Professor in Tourism and Director of Centre for Mountain Tourism and Hospitality Studies, HNB Garhwal University (A Central Universithy), Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand,India  besides holding the responsibility of  Dean of School of Management of the same University. He received his Ph.D degree in Tourism Management from HNB Garhwal University and successfully completed 21 years of postgraduate teaching experience in the subject concern. His  research interests include Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism development and management, Destination Planning and Policy, Tourism Impact Assessment, Travel Trade mechanization. He has published six books both as author and editor, thirty five research papers in national and international journals and edited books and guided nine doctoral research scholars to his credit. He has participated in a number of national and international conferences in India and abroad and has organized several national and international conferences. He is the Editor of” Journal of Tourism” (JoT), an international journal and Associate Editor of, “Ecoforum Journal” and “Revista de Turism- Studi si Cercetari in turism”, International Journals, from Romania. He has been a principal researcher of three projects that have been supported by public organizations.

Said Jaouadi,
PhD in economics, Tunisian but working as Assistant Professor in College of Business Administration of Jazan, Saudi Arabia. Interested to some new types of Tourism: ecological tourism. The author of many empirical publications relying on issues of: banking, foreign assistance, human development and currently conducting an empirical research regarding ecological tourism in KSA. Contributing in the evaluation of manuscripts of several indexed international journals and reviews. Member of quality assurance and accreditation in the college of Business and Administration to improve the education of quality.

SeungHee Oh holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Hanyang University, Korea. She is Adjunct Professor of Global Graduate School of Business, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. She has experience in affiliated organization of Ministry culture, Sports & Tourism. She has published research paper in Service Business, Information Systems Review, Journal of Information Technology Applications & Management and Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship. Her research interests are business ecosystem, new media marketing, smart technology, social network service, and e-business strategy.

Sheela Agarwal
is Professor in Tourism Management, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Faculty of Business School, University of Plymouth, UK.  She is Deputy Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality and Director of the Services and Enterprise Research Centre. She has written and co-authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and co-edited a book, relating to various economic, social and environmental aspects of coastal / seaside resort tourism including the impact and consequences of globalization, economic restructuring, deprivation, social exclusion and climate change.  Her research interests include discourses of globalization, sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, economic restructuring, conceptualizations of place and space, local governance, disability, deprivation and social exclusion. She is also currently writing a monograph around heritage, screen and literary tourism.

Shuo Shiung Chou
(PhD), assistant professor of Hospitality Management, Tunghai University, Taichung Taiwan. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from National Taipei University, Taiwan. In addition, he has a Diploma in Hotel Management, SHATEC, Singapore. He served as a Purchasing Specialist and a Training Center Advisor at Evergreen Hotel in Wanchai Hong Kong, Taichung Taiwan and Group Headquarter in Taipei from 1990 to 1997. He was then Head of the Department of Hospitality Management at Te Yu Medical Polytechnic Institute, Taipei, from 1997 to 2000. His research interests include Service Operations Management, Social Network Analysis and Tourism Destination Image.

Stanislav Ivanov
is currently Professor and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Research at International University College in Dobrich, Bulgaria. He holds a PhD degree in tourism economics from the University of Economics – Varna. Dr. Ivanov is the Editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Tourism Research (http://ejtr.vumk.eu) and serves in the Editorial boards of 20 other journals. His research interests include destination marketing, tourism and economic growth, political issues in tourism, special interest tourism. His publications have appeared in different academic journals: Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Tourism Economics, Journal of Heritage Tourism, Tourism Today, Tourism, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Journal of Economic Studies, Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics.

Sundar Kumar Sharma is an institutional researcher, director of Sunrise Synergy Institutions (Sunrise Pashmina and Nepal Green Hills Agro, Nepal), is researching for mountain tourism and sustainable development by engaging “political ecology” and “policy mobilities” perspectives. He has contributed knowledge in the diversified areas of development debates like climate change, natural resources governance, and alternative agriculture development trends in the mountains along with their impact in sustainable tourism. He is among the pioneers in the field of researching local tourism potentials in the HIMALAYAS. He (with his wife Oshin) has developed indigenous tourism products (e.g. Organic Pashmina, cashmere) from the HIMALAYAS of Nepal in collaboration with local farmers and artisans. Sundar is promoting these products in the international tourism market through exhibitions, trade fairs, conferences and business expos. Mr. Sharma is currently researching on “Policy Mobilities” in Mountain Tourism Development. His personal experiences and insights on special destination tourism can be found in his upcoming publication - “Walking to the Everest Region”: The Phenomenology of Walking to a Special Destination in the Globe

Tamara Rátz (PhD) is 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.

Tamer Mohamed Atef (PhD) is currently a member of the Tourism Department / College of Arts and Social Sciences / Sultan Qaboos University / Sultanate of Oman. Tamer has extensive experience in the areas of Hospitality Management, Quality Management, Training and Development, Tourism and Hospitality Education. He has recently joined the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) as an external reviewer for Tourism and Hospitality Educational Programs. He has also been collaborating with World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in conducting capacity building programs.

Tomás López-Guzmán
is a Lecturer of the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cordoba (Spain). Formerly, he used to work as a Lecturer at the University of Granada (Spain). He has got a Degree in Law and a Degree in Economics and Business Administration. He has also a Doctoral Degree in Economics (Ph. D). He has written more than 80 articles that have been published in different academic journals related to Tourism such as: An International Interdisciplinary Journal (index in Scopus), Cuadernos de Desarrollo Rural (index in ISI), International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (index in ISI), Journal of Intellectual Capital (index in Scopus), Journal of Tourism and Cultural Heritage (index in Latindex), Journal of Institutional Economy (index in ISI), Acta Turística (index in Econlit), and Tourism Management Studies (index in EBSCO). He is also an author of 15 books’ chapters and 2 books. Similarly, he has been a principal researcher of 9 projects that have been supported by public and private organizations, and as a researcher he has participated in 10 projects in total. Moreover, he has taken part in more than 50 International Conferences, for example: International Conference on Tourism Development and Management (Kos Island, Greece, 2009), Third International Conference on Advances in Tourism Economics (Lisbon, Portugal 2009), Conference Management of Meaning and 3xIN (Poznan, Poland 2008) and CLADEA (Montpellier, France 2006). He has conducted different research stays in European countries (Portugal, France, Czech Republic, Italy and Denmark), Latin America (Chile, México, El Salvador and Nicaragua), and Africa (Cape Verde) supported by public and private organizations both Spanish and foreign. His main lines of research are tourism economics and environment. Currently, his research focuses on wine and gastronomy tourism and community-based tourism in developing countries.

Yanki Hartijasti
(PhD) is senior lecturer in Master of Management Program, Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Indonesia.  She earned MBA degree from University of the Philippines.  She also obtained Master of Science and Doctor in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Universitas Indonesia.  Her professional experiences include careers advancing up to position of Sub-Branch Manager in a bank, Training and Development Manager in a property and real estate company, Senior Consultant in consulting company, and Human Resources Division Head in a life insurance company.  After gaining fifteen years of experiences in various industries, she then decided to take the plunge into the academic world since 2001.  She has been invited as visiting professor in several graduate schools, such as University of Tsukuba (Tokyo) and Asian Institute of Management (Manila) to teach HRM in Asia and Indonesian Leadership from Cultural Perspectives.  She is also active as a member of peer-reviewed academic journal in different countries, i.e., South East Asian Journal of Management (SEAM), World Applied Sciences Journal (WASJ), International Journal of Human Resources & Development Management (IJHRDM), and International Journal of Cyber Society and Education (IJCSE).  Until now, she has collaborated with Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok), Global Human Resource Development University of Tsukuba (Tokyo), Asian Institute of Management (Manila), and International Labor Organization - Better Work Indonesia (Jakarta).  Her research interests are Asian leadership, multi-generational leadership, organizational culture, change management, human behavior in organization including cyber behavior, and human resources management.

Viktorija Grigaliūnaitė
is a researcher at Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Economics and Management, Marketing Department in Lithuania. She focuses on the application of the mathematical methods for the investigation of the various phenomena in marketing area. By the use of various software products, Viktorija collects, processes, analyses and visualizes data regarding customers’ perception and behaviour. Furthermore, she analyses tourists’ behaviour by applying structural equation modelling. So far, she has participated in twenty international scientific conferences in Lithuania and abroad. In 2013 won the “Best Paper” award in the VI International Tourism Congress “The Image and Sustainability of Tourist Destinations”. Her main scientific research areas are mathematical methods in marketing, customer satisfaction and loyalty, neuro marketing.

Wilson Ozuem is Associate Professor of Digital Marketing at Regents University, London (UK). His research interests include the implications of information technology for decision making by marketers and consumers. The results of his research have been published in scholarly journals and International conference papers, including European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Strategic Marketing, International Journal of Information Technology and Management. Dr Ozuem teaches in a number of UK universities, including University of Gloucestershire, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of West London, University of East London, GSM, CAPA Education (London). Dr Wilson holds a visiting professorial fellowship at the faculty of Economy and Agribusiness, Agricultural University of Tirana (Albania). He currently teaches MSc and MBA courses in marketing communications, Internet marketing, research methodology, and marketing management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and has worked as a marketing consultant for several companies and organizations. He received his BA in Business from the University of Portsmouth, MA Marketing from University of West London, MBA from London Metropolitan University, M.Ed (Educational Leadership and Management) from Open University (UK), Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University and Postgraduate Degree in Educational Research from University of Cambridge.

Zafer Öter is associate professor of tourism at İzmir Katip Çelebi University, Turkey. He gained his first PhD at Dokuz Eylul University-Turkey in 2007, and his second PhD at University of Perpignan Via Domitia-France in 2009. His research interests include tourism marketing, heritage interpretation, cultural tourism, MENA region, MICE and Francophonie. He is the author of Valorisation du Patrimoine Culturel: Commercialisation Touristique de l’Artisanat d’art en Turquie (EUE, 2011) and his publications (articles, book reviews, book chapters, conference papers…) in Turkish, English, and French languages are published in diverse media including journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Milli Folklor, Journal of Heritage Tourism, European Journal of Tourism Research, Anatolia, SOID, and Procedia. He is associate editor for translated articles in for Journal of Travel and Hospitality Management (SOID) since 2007. He served as department head of tourism section at Al-Faisal University, Prince Sultan College for Tourism and Management in Jeddah-Saudi Arabia during 2011-2012. Currently, he serves as Associate Dean and Head of Tour Guiding Department at Faculty of Tourism- Izmir Katip Çelebi University (Turkey).

ETASA - Euro-Asia Tourism Studies Association