Dr. Bob McKercher

Dr Bob McKercher is a Professor of Tourism in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been a tourism academic since 1990. Prior to that he worked in the Canadian tourism industry in a variety of advocacy and operational roles. He has published over 300 scholarly papers and research reports, is the author of The Business of Nature-based Tourism, and  Cultural Tourism and hasedited a number of other books. Prof McKercher is Editor in Chief of Tourism Management. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the International Academic for the Study of Tourism; a Fellow of the International Academic for the Study of Tourism; the Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education and; the International Academy of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research.

Conference: Do Attractions Attract Tourists?

Dr. René van der Duim

René van der Duim is a sociologist with special interest in actor-network theory. He has executed tourism research and educational projects in countries like Thailand, Nepal, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Portugal and the Netherlands. Since March 2015 he is appointed as Personal Professor Tourism & Sustainable Development at the Department of Cultural Geography at Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands. He is also vice-chair of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education and Research (ATLAS). He has co-edited 5 books and published in journals like Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Management, Tourism Studies, Conservation and Society, Society & Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. See also https://www.wur.nl/nl/Personen/prof.dr.-VR-Rene-van-der-Duim.htm

Conference: Innovation for sustainability: navigating between theory and practice

Dra. Antonia Correia

Dean of Faculty of Tourism, Sports and Hospitality, full professor, affiliated to Universidade Europeia and Universidade do Algarve. She is also affiliated at CEFAGE, Research center award by national science foundation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Algarve (Portugal), a Master from ISEG, University of Lisbon (Portugal), a Ph.D. from University of Algarve in tourism demand (Portugal) and an aggregation from University of Algarve; all relating to tourism and hospitality management.


Conference: Innovation in Tourism

Dr. Giovanni Ruggieri

Giovanni Ruggieri (1970) graduated with honors in Economics from the University of Palermo with the thesis “Economic impact of tourism in Sicily”. He won the prize Irfis 1994 as the best thesis of the year in economic matters and he spent a semester of study at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. He achieved the title of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Tourism Sciences at the University of Palermo and won a research contract concerning the issues of economy and innovation. He collaborates for teaching and research activities with the chair of Applied Economics at the University of Palermo since 2004. He is the author of several articles on tourism published in international scientific journals. He participates in the research group of the UNESCO Foundation for Sicily for the preparation of management plans of UNESCO sites and he is part of the international technical committees of CPMR, INSULEUR, NECSTouR, ASCAME and AIEST. Moreover he is founding Member of Assonautica Euro-Mediterranean Tourism Association and researchers (ARTHUR).
He is President of the Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE), of which also he chairs the Scientific Committee made up of professors and international experts.

Conference: Community-based tourism vs industrial tourism: the future challenges for islands

Dr. Metin Kozak

He holds 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. He has published a wider range of articles, conference papers and books. As a Research Fellow, he was affiliated with the University of Namur (Belgium), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (SAR China), College of Charleston (USA), and Bournemouth University (UK). He has delivered lectures and seminars in many countries and involved in the organization of 50 conferences, symposiums, seminars and workshops. He serves an editorial board member and ad hoc reviewer of over 20 journals in tourism and hospitality and acts as the co-editor of the journal Anatolia. He is an elected fellow of the Tourist Research Centre (since 2007), and International Academy for the Study of Tourism (since 2015). His research interests entail quality management, consumer behavior, competitiveness, and sustainability. Currently affiliated with the School of Tourism, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey.