Can you believe that we are only two months away from Conference? We are excited to present to you a program filled with excellent educational opportunities and wonderful networking.
And it will all take place in the beautiful World Heritage City of Brugge, Belgium!
Be sure to plan some extra days for exploring.
- Tourism and the New Global Economy - Overview of Session Tracks - Travel Trends & Policy - International Marketing & Communication - Sustainability - Metrics & Measurement - Technology & Data Collection - Niche Travel
Capital of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, Brugge is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. So it’s not a surprise if its historic center has been listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2000. Indeed, Brugge has most of its medieval architecture intact. Many of its medieval buildings are notable, including the Church of Our Lady, whose brick spire reaches 122.3 m (401.25 ft), making it one of the world's highest brick towers.
Thanks to the Heritage Walk everyone can discover the well-known and less-known Brugge locations. In addition, you can watch old photographs, maps and movies but also take a look behind the scenes of a few heritage treasures along this route.
Come to discover one of the most beautiful cities of Europe and become a time traveler!
Here are just some of the exciting new speakers we have confirmed for this year’s conference:
FRANCESCA TUDINI, Head of Unit/Tourism Policy at the European Union (EU), will address the international conference in Bruges on aspects of Tourism Policy, with particular reference to Europe as a destination for international visitors. Ms. Tudini has unrivaled insight into the development of all aspects of tourism policy and the implications of the changing shape of global tourism for practitioners and academics alike.
ANTONIO MASSIEU, head of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Department of Statistics and Economic Measurement of Tourism, will share his presentation on Metrics. Mr. Massieu is a global thought leader in the area of tourism metrics, generally regional tourism measurement in particular. Very experienced and widely respected, Mr. Massieu is an engaging conference speaker who brings the technical issues around measurement to life in an insightful manner.
EDUARDO SANTANDER, Executive Director/ CEO at the European Travel Commission, will offer his broad expertise in tourism marketing and sales. In his presentation, Marketing Europe, Mr. Santander will draw from his experiences in promoting Europe in traditional and emerging markets by using a program of exciting new initiatives and a long term strategy aimed at stimulating travel to Europe and strengthening its competitive image in the long-haul markets.
Other Conference in the region during the month of June: Sustainable Tourism: BEST EN Think Tank XIV
The theme of this conference targets several of the UN millennium development goals through the development of sustainable tourism at a local level, such as ending poverty and hunger, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and life-wide learning. Engagement of stakeholders beyond the private and public sectors may refer to host communities, third sector organizations or interest groups.
"Culture, Tourism, Development" in Catalonia (Spain)
Tourism and Gastronomy heritage: Foodscapes, Cuisine and Gastronomy Tourism Destinations Barcelona June 16 - 19, 2014
This meeting aims to present current research and trends in gastronomy heritage and tourism based on biodiversity and cultural diversity of our territories. This multidisciplinary conference is co-organized by the UNESCO Chair / UNITWIN-UNESCO Network “Culture, Tourism, Development”.
Rick Roy Perdue – editor of Journal of Travel Research and one of Directors of TTRA Association. As well was elected Fellow and Board Chair of International Academy for the Study of Tourism and is one of the editors of Tourism Analysis and China Tourism Research. At the Virginia Tech University is Department Head and Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
His field of research are service management in resort settings, experiential aspects of tourism and resort tourism development. Between many publications now is working on Pricing Structures in Resort Environments and Enhancing Competitiveness in the Virginia Tourism Industry.
The Travel and Tourism Research Association awards program was developed to encourage and recognize excellence in the field of travel and tourism research and marketing. Entrants are judged on quality, originality, creativity, usefulness, results and benefits to the travel and tourism industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the Travel and Tourism Research Association. This award is presented at the TTRA Annual International Conference to the individual or organization who has made a highly significant contribution to TTRA as well as to the travel and tourism industry. The recipient will receive a plaque, a TTRA lifetime membership and a lifetime complimentary annual conference registration. Participants can compete as Students or as Professional.
2014 Award Chair: Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray, UF Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute.
Other Conference in the region during the month of June:
Destination Management: 2nd Biennial Forum "Advances in Destination Management" in St. Gallen (Switzerland) June 10 - June 13, 2014
Academia and Practice are invited to present state-of-the-art topic-related research and thoughts or challenges. Destination Management has drawn the interest of representatives of both academic research and practice. However, the vast knowledge related to destination management is quite fragmented and little integrated. For that, we aim to apply multiple different disciplines to a specific research subject, i.e. destinations, and the related actors (politics, business, consumers).
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