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The 3rd World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality and 1st USA-China Tourism Research Summit: Transforming Partnerships was held at Rosen College in December 15-19, 2015.

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Keynote speakers (2015)

Rafat Ali, CEO/Founder, Skift, USA

Ron Erdmann, Deputy Director for Research, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO), USA

Dr. Huimin Gu, Professor and Dean, School of Hospitality Management at Beijing International Studies University, China

Steve Hood, Senior Vice President of Research, Smith Travel Research, USA

Dr Bao Jigang, Professor and Dean, School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Lee Kitchen, Global Creativity & Innovation Manager, The Walt Disney Company

Joel K. Manby, President & Chief Executive Officer, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, USA

Luis del Olmo, Chairman, Idiso Hotel Distribution, Spain

J. Will 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

Read what the delegates had to say about the event:

“Good networking opportunities among global tourism and hospitality scholars.”

“I thought the quality of the presentations was very high, and the opportunities to network with
colleagues in your field is an excellent way to get feedback and collaborate with your peers!”

“Great keynotes.”

“It provides an avenue to share ideas and learn from others and also to connect with others.”

“Nice atmosphere during the conference (i.e. very engaged discussion and conversation)”

“This is a very important meeting where we can get updated about the most recent research on
tourism and hospitality. And best of all, we also get the opportunity to meet so many scholars
and experienced researchers from different areas of tourism research all over the world and
make a lot of friends too! The meeting is really good! I enjoyed it very much.”

“Very friendly and welcoming environment.”

“Good selection of papers; large number of countries represented - truly international
conference.”

“It was a well-run conference with plenty of opportunity to meet others in the profession.”

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