Keynote Speakers

Prof. Harald Pechlaner

Harald Pechlaner
Harald Pechlaner

Harald Pechlaner is Professor of Tourism and Head of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany and Head of the Center for Advanced Studies at the European Academy of Bozen / Bolzano (EURAC research), Italy.
Since 2014 Harald Pechlaner is Adjunct Research Professor at the School of Marketing/Curtin Business School in Perth/Western Australia.
His research is focusedon destination governance, leadership and design, entrepreneurship and global challenges for regions and destinations.
He is (co-) author and (co‐) editor of morethan 60 books and about 150 research articles.
Prof. Harald Pechlaner is President of the AIEST (Association Internationaled’Experts Scientifiques du Tourisme)
with domicile at the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland.
Founded in 1951, AIEST is the worldwide oldest association of scientific experts in tourism.
Pechlaner was President (2002-2012) of the German Society of Tourism Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaft).
Since 2016 Harald Pechlaner is a full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
In 2017 the German Federal Ministry of Economy in Berlin has launched a National Competence Center for Tourism, where Prof. Pechlaner holds a role of a Scientific Director.

Prof. Mara Manente

Mara Manente is the Director of CISET, the International Center of Studies on Tourism Economics of the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice.
She’s been teaching Tourism Economics and Tourism Policy at the Master in Economics and Management at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice and she’s also the author of many articles and books as well as of a “Manual on tourism economics” used in many Italian universities
She is a member of AIEST and of the World Tourism Organization Steering Committee on Statistics and Macroeconomic Analysis of Tourism and Tourism Satellite Accounts. Furthermore, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Touring Club, National Pivot of the BLUEMED Programme, member of the AG2 of the EUSALP EU-Strategy for the Alpine Region, and member of the Working Group on TSAs established by ISTAT (Italian National Statistical Office).
She is a consultant to many national and international tourism institutions and Commission Directorate Generals and member of the ETIS pool of experts.

Prof. Dimitri Ioannides

Dimitri Ioannides
Dimitri Ioannides

Dimitri Ioannides, PhD is chaired professor of Human Geography at Mid-Sweden University where he also serves as the director of the European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR).

Prior to coming to Sweden, he worked for many years in the United States. Between 1993 and 2014 he taught at Missouri State University.

His PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development is from Rutgers University. He is primarily interested in the economic geography of tourism and tourism planning and sustainable development and he has publications relating to both topics. In recent years he has been exploring the labour dimensions of tourism and has, more broadly, addressed equity concerns as they relate to sustainable development.

He is the co-author with Dallen Timothy of Tourism  in the USA (Routledge) and he has co-edited three books, including The Economic Geography of the Tourist Industry (Routledge). He edits the book series New Directions in Tourism Analysis (Routledge) and sits on the editorial boards of several journals including Tourism Geographies. Recently, he was elected to be on the board of the International Polar Tourism Research Network. He has been invited to give keynote lectures and public speeches in various parts of the world including China, South Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Croatia and Canada.

Dimitri is a past recipient of  the Roy Wolfe award for service and research activities of the tourism specialty group of the American Association of Geographers.