ICOT2015 – Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

 (in alphabetical order)

Peter BurnsPeter Burns, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Director of the Institute for Tourism Studies (INTOUR), University of Bedfordshire, UK

Peter Burns is Professor of Tourism and International Development and Director of the Institute for Tourism Studies (INTOUR) at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. Peter’s research interests are framed by the powerful influence tourism has on the socio-cultural environment in destination countries. Specifically, he investigates roles and responsibilities throughout the tourism value chain especially in relation to the challenge of climate change. As a consultant, he specializes in tourism master planning for developing countries and emerging markets. He has undertaken research and consultancy assignments in over 30 countries. He is co-editor of the scientific journal Tourism Planning & Development, an expert member of UNWTO’s Global Tourism Barometer, an ambassador for the World Tourism Forum Lucerne and committee ember of the UK NGO the Travel Foundation. Peter is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. His academic work has received over 2,000 citations, and has an H index of 19.


Dr. Carson L. JenkinsEmeritus Professor Carson L. Jenkins
University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Dr. Carson L. Jenkins is Emeritus Professor of International Tourism in the Business School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. By training an economist, he has taught, researched and published in the field of tourism specifically related to the developing countries. He has undertaken consultancy and advisory assignments in over 80 of these countries for many of the international development agencies. His particular areas of interest and expertise are in the field of policy formulation, planning, human resource development, tourism legislation and institutional restructuring. Formerly Head of Department of The Scottish Hotel School, University of Strathclyde, and Principal and Managing Director of the University Centre, International Management institute, Lucerne, Switzerland, he retains a broad interest in hospitality and tourism education and is actively involved in international consultancy assignment most recently in the Environment and Socially Responsible Tourism Development project in Vietnam.


Professor Allan Williams University of Surrey, UKProfessor Allan Williams
University of Surrey, UK

Allan Williams is Professor of Tourism and Mobility Studies at the University of Surrey, and previously held professorial appointments at the Universities of Exeter and London Metropolitan. He is co-editor of Tourism Geographies, and a resource editor for Annals of Tourism Geographies. Author of 28 books and more than 110 refereed journal articles, his recent publications include papers on innovation in Annals, risk in JTR and Tourism Management, migration in Populations, Space and Place, and productivity in the British Journal of Industrial Relations. He is a fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, and of the UK’s Academy of Social Science.