TOURMAN 2019 Conference

The 3rd International Scientific Conference TOURMAN 2019 took place on the 24th to 27th of October 2019 at Thessaloniki, in Greece, and was themed “Tourism, travel and hospitality at crossroads: The way ahead”. It was hosted and organised by the International Hellenic University, a traditional public higher education institution in Greece; the units responsible for the Conference organisation were: a) the Program of Postgraduate Studies in Tourism Management, and b) the Research Laboratory in Tourism & Services Management “TOURLAB“.

The final Conference Program included a wide variety of very intersting paper presentations! To download it in PDF, please click here.

To download TOURMAN 2019 Conference Proceedings (15,3 MB) please click here!

The conference took place at the 5* Porto Palace Hotel, ideally located at the city of Thessaloniki in Greece. Thessaloniki was named after the sister of Alexander the Great, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, has served as European Capital of Culture in 1997, is a top city-break destination and a seaside port city and, is well-known for its cosmopolitan style, rich gastronomic appeal, and vibrant night-life.

The state-of-the-art conference program included: a) a high quality scientific research track with refereed paper presentations, b) cutting-edge keynote speakers and roundtables from the industry, the academia and the public sector, c) publication opportunities in special issues of refereed journals, d) a student paper presentation track and a PhD workshop, e) unforgettable social activities, including excursions and field tours…

The Keynote Speakers at the conference were:

  • Prof. Dr. Jeroen A. Oskam is the Director of the Research Centre at Hotelschool The Hague. The two research areas of this Centre are hospitable behaviour and its business consequences, and future developments in the hospitality industry. Jeroen’s own research pertains to the latter area, with recent scenario studies on topics as Airbnb and OTAs. His latest book is titled The Future of Airbnb and the ‘Sharing Economy’. The Collaborative Consumption of Our Cities (Channelview, 2019). Jeroen obtained his PhD in 1992 from the Universiteit van Amsterdam (Sociology of Literature), and has worked at different hotel and tourism schools in the Netherlands and in Spain. In Maastricht he was responsible for the Master programs in Hospitality Management; together with colleagues from ESADE-Sant Ignasi he designed a joint program focusing on innovation. In Spain he initiated a joint Bachelor program with French and English partners. At Stenden University (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands), he led the innovative European Tourism Futures Institute in its initial years, turning a regionally funded project into an ambitious international knowledge network with university partners in 20 European Countries. He is one of the founders of the Journal of Tourism Futures.
  • Prof. Dr. Eli Cohen is a faculty member at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management, Department of Management. He is also having a position of Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, School of Marketing. His current research interests are focused on consumers’ behavior and choice of food and beverages products. His research has been published in high-ranked journal and presented in professional conferences. Among the journals: European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Wine Business Research, Food Quality and Preference, Tourism and Hospitality Research. He is also recognized as an outstanding reviewer of academic manuscripts for academic journals. Eli Cohen is a member of the steering committee of the Academy of Wine Business Research (AWBR) and he is one of the founders in 2003. He has over 20 years of experience in consulting in the food industry in Israel and in Europe. He taught research methods and other topics in international courses in France, Hong Kong and Australia).

The Social Activities at TOURMAN 2019 proved to be unforgettable:

The Welcome Reception took place on the evening of 24th October 2019 at Ursa Minor Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, offering stunning views of Thessaloniki and the sea (Thermaikos Gulf), with live music, local dance exhibition and a number of other surprising festivities!.

The Gala Dinner took place on the evening of 26th October 2019 at Grand Pietra Hall, which is considered one of the largest and most impressive halls in Northern Greece, making it one of the best choices for significant conventions and top-end events. Its unique architecture and natural light are impressive and its history dates back to 1913. Local gastronomic specialities combined with live music and other festivities provided conference delegates with an unforgettable experience!

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