The Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) hosted the Making Waves in Macao: the 3rd International Conference on Events (ICE 2015) from 7 to 9 September 2015 with co-organiser Bournemouth University, United Kingdom. Following the success of and building upon the first International Conference on Events in Bournemouth and and the second in Sheffield, IFT is proud to host the conference this year. ICE2015 is one of the series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of IFT.
During the opening session of the Conference, Dr. Fanny Vong, President of IFT and Caroline Jackson, Head of Department - Events & Leisure from Bournemouth University welcomed all the delegates, including 70 scholars and participants. It is hoped that a high level of quality, thought-provoking discussion and inspiration could be shared and exchanged.
The conference aims to examine a variety of contemporary issues in festivals and events. It aims to gather those interested in the exciting yet complex field of event studies and event management together to disseminate latest research, initiate collaborations and exchange ideas. Delegates from the academic community and from the industry come from 14 countries and regions. Keynote speakers include Cecilia Tse, Deputy Director of MGTO, Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer of MGM China Holdings Limited, Professor Leo Jago, University of Surrey, UK, Professor Brian King, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, among many others. The conference provides a platform for like-minded people where they meet everybody, network with everyone and enjoy the inspiring discussions of latest research in events. IFT from the Macao community can also learn from all the experts gathered here in this conference.
Through organising and participating in international conferences, ITRC of IFT plays a more active role in fostering research locally and internationally. Its collaboration with other universities helps bring attention to the most relevant issues about tourism related developments as well as benefit the tourism development of Macao in the long run.