ICOT2018 – Keynote Speakers

Professor Helen Briassoulis

University of the Aegean

Title of Speech: Tourism destinations as multiplicities: The governance challenge

Prof. Briassoulis holds a Ph.D in Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. She has taught at the University of Cincinnati, USA. Since 1994, she has been with the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean. Her research interests include socio-ecological systems analysis, land use change, desertification, planning, policy integration and tourism.  Recently, she is applying Assemblage Thinking to the study of tourism. She has published several academic papers, book chapters and books on tourism planning, policy, tourism and the environment, sustainable development and the commons. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism and Environmental Management.


Professor Keith Dewar

University of New Brunswick

Title of Speech: Tourism in Hólar or Not? The case of a reluctant rural destination

Prof. Dewar holds a bachelors and PhD in Environmental Studies (Geography), University of Waterloo; Diploma in Horticulture, University of Guelph; MA (Geography) Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Education (Biology and Geography) from Lakehead University. Professor Dewar spent 20 years with Parks Canada as a naturalist and visitor services officer in several national parks including Point Pelee, Jasper, Rideau Canal World Heritage Site and Thousand Islands National Park. In 1992 on completion of his doctorate he moved to New Zealand where he spent 10 years teaching tourism and heritage management at Massey University-Auckland. Arriving back in Canada in 2001 he is now a professor hospitality and tourism at University of New Brunswick – Saint John and was a visiting professor at Sun Yat-Sen University – Zhuhai Campus, China in 2008 and 2013 and visiting scholar at Hólar University College Iceland in 2016. His research is largely applied and includes over 50-refereed papers and tourism planning reports including Harbin, Hangzhou, Qamdo and Qingling Rural County China, and St. Steven Downtown Redevelopment, New Brunswick, Canada. He has led teams working on various tourism related community projects in the city of Saint John. His major areas of research are visual image analysis in tourism, protected area management, and sustainable tourism planning in small towns and rural areas. His teaching is diverse from tourism management and planning to a graduate course in environmental management and sustainability.


Associate Professor Sam Kim

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Title of Speech: Destination Competitiveness: Choice Set and Influential Factors

Dr Sam Kim received Master of Science and PhD in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from the Texas A&M University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr Kim had been Professor from 2010 to 2012 at Sejong University, Seoul, Korea. He joined the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in August 2012. Dr Kim’s main research interests include destination marketing, tourism impacts, and convention/event management. He has published more than 120 papers on refereed international journals. He is one of the most prolific authors in the tourism and hospitality academia. He is a Director of Education of APac-CHRIE Association and serves on the Editorial Board of international journals. He has received research fund of exceeding US$1 million from more than 30 public or private grants.