KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

Professor Chris Ryan

(The University of Waikato, Editor of Tourism Management Journal)

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Professor Chris Ryan has been working at the University of Waikato since 1998. He is the editor of ‘Tourism Management’ and ���Tourism Management Perspectives’ journals.  He is the member of some international and national committees including the APEC Tourism Ministers Advisory Committee and New Zealand Chinese Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

Chris Ryan is also the director of the China-New Zealand Tourism Research Unit within the Management School, and is a member of the Shaanxi Tourism Research Institute. He has won numerous awards for his research including from Beijing Social Sciences and Philosophy Committee, Emerald Publishing, Asia Pacific Tourism Association and indeed the Dean’s Award from WMS.

 Ayhan Bektaş

(Chairman of OTI Holding, Member of WTTC)

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He is the founding partner of group companies, such as ; Coral Travel (Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus and Georgia), Coral Travel Sales Agency Chain (Russia, Ukraine), ODEON Tours Inbound (Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Spain, UAE and Greece), Otium Hotels International (Turkey), Xanadu Resort Hotel (Turkey), Sunmar (Russia), Royal Flight (Russia), Blue Connect (Ireland), Wezyr Holidays (Poland), Odeon Security and Consulting (Turkey), Holiday Market Services (Turkey), A Class (Russia and Turkey). In 2006, all affiliates came together under the roof of OTI Holding A.Ş.

In addition to his memberships of WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council), DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board), ANSIAD (Association of Industrialists and Businessmen of Antalya) and TYD (Turkish Tourism Investors Association), he is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of TISOYAB (Titreyengöl-Sorgun Tourism Investors Association).

 

 

Professor Fevzi Okumuş

(University of Central Florida, Editor of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management)

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Dr. Okumus is a Professor in the Hospitality Services Department at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He received his Ph.D. in Strategic Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has a Master of Science degree in International Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism from Cukurova University, Turkey. He worked in the hotel industry before becoming an educator. He joined the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in 2005 and was the founding Chair of the Hospitality Services Department from 2007-2013.

He is the Editor of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM), one of the top-tier journals in the hospitality field with an impact factor of 1.407. He also serves on the editorial boards of 18 international journals and is a frequently invited speaker at national and international conferences.

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