2nd International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management (ICOHT) 2014 Colombo

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  • “Find­ing prac­ti­cal and inno­v­a­tive solu­tions for chal­lenges in tourism“

    Tourism is not only a global indus­try, but also a pow­er­ful move­ment that has influ­enced the human kind in an unprece­dented man­ner since mid-​twentieth cen­tury. With its ever-​increasing global pop­u­lar­ity and rapid growth comes a series of increas­ingly com­plex chal­lenges. Iden­ti­fy­ing, under­stand­ing and react­ing promptly to tourism trends is essen­tial for all stake­hold­ers involved in hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism. It is vital that indus­try lead­ers and researchers work together in seek­ing prac­ti­cal and inno­v­a­tive solu­tions for chal­lenges in hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism. There­fore, papers writ­ten jointly by indus­try lead­ers and aca­d­e­mics are pre­ferred for this conference.

    The first Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Hos­pi­tal­ity and Tourism Man­age­ment (ICOHT 2013) was a great suc­cess. Encour­aged with pos­i­tive out­comes of ICOHT 2013, the orga­niz­ers have decided to make ICOHT an annual con­fer­ence. They aim to make this annual event a pre­mier forum for the pre­sen­ta­tion of new advances and research results in the fields of hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism man­age­ment. The con­fer­ence will bring together tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity indus­try lead­ers, edu­ca­tors, researchers and schol­ars in the domain of inter­est from around the world. Both ground-​breaking research papers and evidence-​based case stud­ies are sought. This year’s event will take place on Octo­ber 7 – 8, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the Gal­adari Hotel.

    Keynote Speech

    Ms. Zoritsa Uro­se­vic – Head, Inter­na­tional Rela­tions and Resource Mobil­i­sa­tion, World Tourism Organ­i­sa­tion. Born in Bel­grade in 1962, Ms. Zoritsa Uro­se­vic was raised in France since 1966, where she com­pleted a degree in Psy­chol­ogy and a Mas­ters in Mar­ket­ing and Man­age­ment in Stras­bourg. After her stud­ies she worked as Export Direc­tor for SOG­EX­PORT: a branch of the bank Société Générale in Paris, within the domain of cre­ative indus­tries. Dur­ing this time she was invited to the Par­lia­ment of the French Repub­lic to join a work­ing group on inno­v­a­tive approaches for export.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    Top­ics of inter­est for sub­mis­sion include the fol­low­ing 52 listed within seven sub themes, but are not lim­ited to:

    Com­mu­nity engagement

    • Com­mu­nity tourism
    • Gain­ing sup­port from rural communities
    • Empow­er­ing local communities
    • Home­s­tay accommodation
    • Domes­tic tourism

    Cul­ture and her­itage tourism

    • Her­itage tourism
    • Culi­nary tourism
    • Sports tourism
    • Spe­cial event tourism
    • Com­mu­nity based events

    Des­ti­na­tion marketing

    • Posi­tion­ing strategies
    • Unique brand images
    • Inter­na­tional media relations
    • Cre­ative tourism packaging
    • Regional /​bi-​national tourism marketing
    • Mar­ket segmentation
    • Mar­ket dis­tri­b­u­tion channels
    • Repeat vis­i­ta­tion and des­ti­na­tion loyalty
    • Tourism e-​marketing

    Short­age of qual­ity hos­pi­tal­ity employees

    • Applied” edu­ca­tion
    • Pro­gram pathways
    • Struc­tured internships
    • Indus­try led certifications
    • Prac­ti­cal train­ing need assessment
    • Train­ing and development
    • Attract­ing and retain­ing qual­ity employees

    Infor­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tion technology

    • Social media
    • Dig­i­tal media
    • Data col­lec­tion
    • Online travel agents
    • On-​line pub­lic reviews and ratings
    • Cus­tomer rela­tion­ship management

    Sus­tain­able development

    • Infra­struc­ture for tourism
    • Hotels and resorts
    • Con­fer­ence facilities
    • Casi­nos and gam­ing facilities
    • Vis­i­tor attractions
    • Med­ical tourism
    • Dark tourism
    • Agro tourism
    • Eco tourism
    • Indige­nous tourism
    • Environmentally-​friendly operations

    Tourism pol­icy, plan­ning and governance

    • Mas­ter plan development
    • Tourism fore­cast­ing
    • Attract­ing investment
    • Strate­gic part­ner­ships and alliances
    • Min­i­miza­tion of for­eign exchange leakage
    • Tourism per­for­mance analysis
    • Nat­ural dis­as­ters and cli­mate changes
    • Cri­sis management
    • Qual­ity assurance


    Best paper Award

    This award will be granted to the best paper in ICOHT 2014 . Orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee will select the best paper based on feed­back of sci­en­tific review com­mit­tee. Eval­u­a­tion based on rel­e­vancy of paper on given themes, con­tent and qual­ity of the paper and impo­tency of find­ings. Both oral and vir­tual paper sub­mis­sion will be eli­gi­ble to “Best paper award”. Deci­sion of ICOHT 2014 orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is the final decision.

    Best Pre­sen­ta­tion Awards

    This award will be granted to pre­sen­ters based on their pre­sen­ta­tions at the con­fer­ence. Qual­ity of the pre­sen­ta­tion, con­tent of the pre­sen­ta­tion and level of inter­ac­tion with the audi­ence in the Q&A ses­sion will be used by Ses­sion Chair to select the best paper in his/​her ses­sion. Deci­sion of Ses­sion Chair will be the final decision.

    Best stu­dent award

    This award will be granted to stu­dent pre­sen­ta­tions. Qual­ity of the pre­sen­ta­tion, time man­age­ment and qual­ity of the find­ings rel­e­vant to ongo­ing prac­tices may have higher level of chance to get selected. Deci­sion of the ICOHT 2014 Research panel will be the final decision.

    Sci­en­tific Committee

    • Dr. Nalin Abey­sekara – Sri Lanka
    • Dr. Alaa Hus­sein Ali Alsrabi – UAE
    • Dr. Archana Bha­tia – India
    • Mr. Lalith Chan­dralal – UAE
    • Mr. Sabyasachi Das­gupta – India
    • Dr. Ulrike Gret­zel – Australia
    • Dr. Chandi Jayawar­dena (Co-​Chair) – Sri Lanka
    • Prof. Mah­mood A. Khan – USA
    • Prof. Dr. Ali Khat­ibi – Malaysia
    • Prof. Sarath Kotagama (Co-​Chair) – Sri Lanka
    • Dr. P.A.P. Saman­tha Kumara – Sri Lanka
    • Prof. Patri­cia Ordóñez de Pab­los – Spain
    • Dr. Jose Maria Álvarez Rodriguez – Spain
    • Dr. Iraj Rat­nayake Sabaraga­muwa – Sri Lanka
    • Prof. josé António C. San­tos – Portugal
    • Dr. D.A.C Suranga Silva (Sci­en­tific Com­mit­tee Chair) – Sri Lanka
    • Prof. Supathanish Termsnguan­wong – Thailand
    • Prof. Neville War­naku­la­sooriya – Sri Lanka
    • Prof.Dr. Rev. W. Wimalarathna – Sri Lanka


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