Bournemouth University’s School of Tourism Hosts BU Tourism Futures Forum at World Travel Market 2012

Once again, Bournemouth University’s School of Tourism experts organise the BU Tourism Futures Forum at World Travel Market 2012. Chaired by Professor Dimitrios Buhalis the forum will engage leading tourism practitioners from around the world on an interactive discussion to examine the future of tourism.

The global challenges and opportunities for both tourism destinations and suppliers around the world require innovation in management and operations, calling for a major rethinking of both strategic and tactical Tourism Management. The Tourism Futures Forum will provide an insight into the future dimensions of the tourism industry. It examines major trends in tourism demand and supply and explores the strategic changes that lead to the international tourism industry restructuring.

Bournemouth University in partnership with the World Travel Market and the TravelDailyNews are organising this forum to facilitate debate about the key strategic changes and to engage in a discussion about the successful response of the industry. The event will involve two short research-based presentations to stimulate discussion. Chairman Prof Dimitrios Buhalis will encourage all participants to contribute to the debate and discussion. 

There will be a brief presentation from Jean-Claude Baumgarten World Tourism Travel Council (WTTC) before the forum opens for discussions. Confirmed Panellists for the forum currently include:

The Honourable Mr. Stephen Cadiz Minister of Tourism for Trinidad and Tobago

Nicolas Hall, SE1media 

Barbara Avdis, Historic Hotels of Europe

Gerard Brown, UBM Aviation, Routes UK 

Sofia Panayiotaki, Mediacofss

Claire Steiner The Institute of Travel and Tourism

Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation 

Theodore Koumelis, TravelDailyNews

Steve Page Bournemouth University 

Philip Alford Bournemouth University 

The Forum takes place on Thursday 8th 14.00-16.00 in the South Gallery Room 19 & 20.

 The event is FREE by registration on 

You will need to have access to World Travel Market – Please register in advance

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