A number of top-quality, worldwide acclaimed keynote speakers will participate with cutting-edge presentations. Professor Dimitrios Buhalis and Professor Harald Pechlaner are confirmed keynote speakers for TOURMAN 2018. Information about additional keynote speakers will be provided soon, so please visit this site again in the near future!


Presentation theme: “Smart tourism in the era of agility”

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is Head of Department Tourism and Hospitality, Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, at Bournemouth University in England. He is a Strategic Management and Marketing expert with specialisation in Information Communication Technology applications in the Tourism, Travel, Hospitality and Leisure industries. His research area is cutting across a number of disciplines and is looking into adoption of innovations for creating value for both consumers and organisations. Current research focus includes Smart Tourism, SoCoMo Marketing (Social media Context and Mobile Marketing), Augmented Reality, Experience management and Personalisation, Reputation and Social Media Strategies, Accessible and Special Diet (Alergens) Tourism. He is one of the most-cited author in tourism with more than 26000 citations on Google Scholar. Close collaboration with industry, governments and international organisations from around the world ensures that his research results have relevance and impact in the real world whilst constantly pushing the boundaries of knowledge and academic excellence. Dimitrios is also the immediate past President of the International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (IFITT) and Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Review, the oldest tourism scientific journal in the world.


 Harald Pechlaner is Professor of Tourism and Head of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany and Head of the Center for Advanced Studies at the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC), Italy. Since 2014, Prof. Harald Pechlaner is Adjunct Research Professor at the School of Marketing at Curtin Business School in Perth, Western Australia. His research is focused on destination governance and leadership, entrepreneurship and global challenges for regions and destinations. Current research focus includes destination management, destination governance and leadership, regional tourism development and entrepreneurship. He is author and (co‐) editor of more than 60 books on various aspects of tourism and about 150 research articles in international scientific journals. Prof. Pechlaner is currently President of the AIEST (Association Internationale d’Experts Scientifiques du Tourisme), the oldest international association of scientists, scholars and academics in all fields of tourism that was established in 1951, dedicated to improving the worlds travel and tourism industry through analysis of trends and latest developments in tourism and farsighted solutions for problems as they arise. For one decade(2002-2012), he was also President of the German Association of Tourism Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissen­schaft). Since 2016 Harald Pechlaner is a full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.