ICOT 2014 – Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

 (in alphabetical order)

Prof. Haiyan Song, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Haiyan SongProfessor Haiyan Song is the Chair Professor of Tourism and Associate Dean of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Song’s main research areas include tourism economics with a particular focus on tourism demand modelling and forecasting. Professor Song has published more than 100 articles in such academic journals as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Development Economics and Journal of Transport and Economic Policy.  He is elected Fellow and First President of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, a Council Member of the International Association of Tourism Economics, and a Board Director of the International Institute of Forecasters.  Professor Song received the John Wiley and Son’s Life Time Achievement Award in Research by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) in 2011.

Prof. Geoffrey Wall, University of Waterloo, Canada

Geoff-in-Office-300x225Geoff Wall is Professor of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada. He is interested in the the implications of tourism of different types for destination areas with different characteristics, the socio-economic implications of climate change, and the planning and management implications of such information. Much of his research for the past twenty years has been undertaken in Asia, initially in Indonesia and, more recently in China, including Taiwan. He is the the author (with A. Mathieson) of Tourism: Change, Impacts and Opportunities (Pearson 2006); (with E. Heath) of Marketing Tourism Destinations: A Strategic Planning Approach (Wiley, 1992); and (with A. Mathieson) Tourism: Economic, Physical and Social Impacts (Longman, 1982). In 2011, he was given the Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography of the Canadian Association of Geographers. He is an Honorary Professor of Nanjing University and Dalian University of Technology and holds a Friendship Award of the Province of Hainan and a Taishan Award of Xinjiang Province, China. He is a founder member and past President of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.

Prof. David Weaver, Griffith University, Australia


David Weaver is Professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University, Australia, and has published more than 120 journal articles, book chapters and books. He maintains an active research agenda in sustainable destination management, ecotourism, and resident perceptions of tourism. Current projects include the articulation of ‘enlightened mass tourism’ as an outcome of asymmetrical synthesis between mass and alternative tourism, and resident recommendations for Gold Coast Schoolies Week, a contentious local event. Professor Weaver has contributed extensively to leading journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research and Journal of Sustainable Tourism. His widely adopted textbooks include Tourism Management (with Laura Lawton) (Wiley Australia), Ecotourism (Wiley Australia), Encyclopedia of Ecotourism (CABI), and Sustainable Tourism: Theory and Practice (Taylor & Francis). He is a Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and has delivered numerous invited keynote addresses around the world on innovative tourism topics.