3rd World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality and
1st USA-China Tourism Research Summit: Transforming Partnerships

3rd World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality and
1st USA-China Tourism Research Summit: Transforming Partnerships

December 15-19, 2015
UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Orlando, Florida, USA

The 3rd World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality and 1st USA-China Tourism Research Summit: Transforming Partnerships will take place in Orlando, the city beautiful, and will provide an interactive, dynamic and international platform for academics and practitioners to discuss how to enhance research applications and knowledge management through partnerships.

Participants will have the opportunity to strengthen and transform partnerships with various stakeholders, including academic researchers, industry professionals, and government officials, through dialogues on how to better utilize research outputs for the benefits of the industry.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Rafat Ali, CEO/Founder, Skift, USA
  • Dr Liu Feng, Founder and Chief Adviser, Davost Intelligence Group, China
  • Dr Bao Jigang, Professor and Dean, School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, China
  • Michael A. Leven, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Aquarium, USA
  • Joel K. Manby, President & Chief Executive Officer, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, USA
  • Luis del Olmo, Chairman, Idiso Hotel Distribution, Spain
  • J. William Seccombe, President and CEO, VISIT FLORIDA, USA
  • Christopher L. Thompson, President and CEO, Brand USA, USA
  • Dr Bihu Wu, Professor and Director, International Center for Recreation and Tourism Research, Peking University, China

Concurrent with the 3rd World Research Summit, the 1st USA-China Tourism Research Summit will take place in the last day of the conference, December 19, 2015. This Summit will provide a great opportunity for researchers and practitioners worldwide who are interested in new developments, opportunities as well as challenges associated with the world’s two biggest economies supported by the most dynamic and fastest growing tourism and hospitality industries.

Presentations and discussions will include, but not limited to, the following themes/topics within the domain of hospitality and tourism

  • Policy, planning, and governance
  • Marketing, branding and management
  • Consumer behavior, decision making, experience and satisfaction
  • Sport tourism, festivals and events, lodging and MICE marketing and management
  • Competitiveness, sustainability and corporate social responsibility¬†
  • Service excellence and service quality
  • Social media, emerging technologies and e-tourism
  • Human resources management and strategic leadership development
  • Innovation, creativity and change management
  • Economics and forecasting
  • Education and training
  • Financial and performance management
  • Emerging research methods and methodologies
  • other topics of contemporary significance in hospitality and tourism with a global focus

Who should attend?

  • Academics in tourism and hospitality fields
  • Tourism/hospitality researchers and industry consultants
  • Interregional organizations with interest in tourism and hospitality research
  • Tourism policy makers and national tourism organizations
  • Graduate students in tourism and hospitality
  • Administrators of tourism and hospitality management educational programmes
  • Tourism and hospitality industry executives and representatives of multinational firms
  • Financial institutions and tourism industry investors

Conference Chairs:

Summit Chairs

Abraham Pizam
Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA

Youcheng Wang
Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA

Co-organized by

Elsevier

Supported and hosted by

Rose College

Supporting Publications

Supporting Publication:Annals of Tourism Research

Supporting Publication: Journal of Destination Marketing & Management

Supporting Publication:International Journal of Hospitality Management

Supporting Publication:The Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Eduction

Supporting Publication:Tourism Management

Hospitality and Toursim Management