World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality 2013

2nd World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality: Crossing the Bridge

15 – 17 December, 2013
UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Orlando, Florida, USA

Invited Speakers

Joss Croft
, Marketing Director, VisitBritain
Eduardo Fayos-Sola
, President of the Ulysses Foundation, Spain
Philip Pearce, Foundation Professor of Tourism James Cook University, Australia
Paul Phipps, Chief Marketing Officer, VISIT FLORIDA
Peter Yesawich
, Vice Chairman, MMGY Global, USA  

The 2nd World Research Summit for Hospitality and Tourism will provide a timely and interactive international platform for academics and industry practitioners from diverse backgrounds and interests to meet, discuss and debate critical issues that will affect the future direction of hospitality and tourism research and practice. The Summit intends to promote mutual dialog, interaction and understanding of various stakeholders of hospitality and tourism research outputs, including academic researchers and scholars, industry professionals, and government/quasi-government officials. As such, in addition to academic research presentations, the Summit will feature key industry practitioners who will share and highlight industry trends and research gaps from a pragmatic and applied perspective.

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

  • Tourism Statistics and TSA
  • 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 website
  • 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

Extended abstract submission

While we cannot guarantee inclusion in the conference program, in response to demand, the organizers will continue to accept late extended abstracts for consideration for posters only.

Extended abstracts must use Normal style, and should be no longer than 1500 words following a research paper structure (e.g., introduction, theoretical foundation/literature review, research methodology, research findings, and conclusions and implications).The reference style for the conference is that of the American Psychological Association(APA). Extended abstract sample.

Submit your extended abstract here.

The Summit will select and award three BEST PAPER awards out of the total submissions based on the results of the review process.


Summit Chairs:

Prof. Abraham Pizam, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA
Prof. Youcheng Wang, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA

Paper Review Committee Chair:

Prof. Alan Fyall, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA

Organizing Committee Chair:

Dr. Mathilda Van Niekerk, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA

Summit Advisory and Scientific Committee found here