Third International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies

  • Building Bridges to Sustainability—Tourism, Culture, Gastronomy and Sport
  • 17–18 May 2018
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tides Research Center, and EU Turismo de Lanzarote held at Hotel Melia Salinas, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

Conference Themes

The Third International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies features research addressing the following annual themes.

  • Theme 1: Changing Dimensions of Contemporary Tourism
  • Theme 2: Changing Dimensions of Contemporary Leisure
  • Theme 3: Tourism and Leisure Industries
  • Theme 4: Critical Issues in Tourism and Leisure Studies
  • 2018 Special Focus: Building Bridges to Sustainability—Tourism, Culture, Gastronomy and Sport

Conference Chair

Sergio Moreno Gil is Director of Institutional Relations of the UNESCO Chair of Tourism Planning and Sustainable Development and Managing Director at TIDES Tourism and Sustainable Development Institute at the Universidad Las Palmas de Gran Cranaria. He specializes in tourism marketing and destination development and planning and has worked on strategic plans and research projects funded by government agencies (European Union, UNESCO, World Wild Fund, and more) to realize development plans in Spain, Italy, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Guinea Bissau, Dominican Republic, Senegal, and Cape Verde along with many more.

In the past, he has worked for Hilton Hotels in Germany, TUI Group Spain in the quality department, and as a visiting researcher at World Tourism Research Centre (UoC - Canada). He has written more than 20 books and book chapters and 25 international papers in publications which include Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, International Journal of Tourism Research, Tourism Economics, Journal of Vacation Marketing, and International Journal of Hospitality and Leisure Marketing.

He is a member of different consulting committees, associations, and editorial boards as well as an external evaluator for for the European Commission on tourism projects.

Plenary Speakers

The Third International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Maria Gravari-Barbas

Maria Gravari-Barbas

Director, Institute for Research and High Studies on Tourism, and Coordinator, UNESCO Chair “Tourism, Culture, Development," Paris 1 – Sorbonne University

Don Getz

Don Getz

Professor Emeritus of Tourism, Tourism Department, University of Calgary, Canada

Simon Hudson

Simon Hudson

Endowed Chair, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism / Center Director, Smartstate, School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, University of South Carolina, USA

2018 Gold Conference Partners

2018 Silver Conference Partners

2018 Scientific Comittee

  • Jose Manuel Gandara, Spain
  • Laura Ell, Canada
  • Vincent Tung, Hong Kong
  • Angelo Presenza, Italy
  • Max Zhao Weibing, Macao
  • Asli Tasci, USA
  • Svetlana Stepchenkova, USA
  • Lorn Sheehan, Canada
  • Brent Ritchie, Canada
  • Herbert Woratschek, Germany
  • Drew Martin, USA
  • Jens Kristian Steen Jacobsen, Norway
  • Lina Anastassova, Bulgaria

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