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IFT, SYS and HKPU organised the GBA Collaborative Tourism Research Forum


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On 8 May, Macao’s Institute for Tourism Studies’ Tourism Research Centre (ITRC), the School of Tourism Management, Sun Yat-Sen University (SYS), and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) jointly organised The Greater Bay Area Collaborative Tourism Research Forum. The Forum was unique because of its working and interactive

format with the audience, which was designed for the purpose of defining a collaborative research agenda for tourism stakeholders in the Greater Bay Area. The Forum provided an opportunity for hospitality and tourism policymakers, industry executives, and researchers in the Greater Bay Area to discuss, identify and prioritise future joint research needed to address the myriad challenges and opportunities regarding the long-term tourism development of the Greater Bay Area.  

 

The Forum was comprised of two sessions. The first consisted of short statements delivered by the three Co-Chairs of the Forum, wherein they broadly outlined some key issues, trends, developments, and rationales for cooperation. The Co-Chairs of the Forum included Professor Jigang Bao, Dean of the School of Tourism and Management, Sun Yat-Sen University, Professor Haiyan Song, Associate Dean and Chair Professor of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic, and Dr. Fanny Vong, President of IFT.

 

The second session consisted of participants being broken down into several smaller groups during which they held intense and interactive discussions and shared their opinions as to what issues, problems, and challenges were most pressing and important for research to address.

 

A total of 110 participants registered for the event, including representatives from HKP, SYS, and IFT, as well as other higher educational institutions in the GBA. Other participants included community members from across the GBA policy-makers, government officials, industry executives, and members of various community interest groups, think-tanks and private associations.

The event photos have been uploaded to the Forum's webpage, please feel free to view and download. 

 

5月8日,旅遊學院旅遊業研究暨科研中心與中山大學旅遊學院及香港理工大學酒店及旅遊業管理學院合辦大灣區旅遊研究合作論壇。是次論壇的獨特之處在於其與參與者的工作性和互動性,來為大灣區旅遊利益相關者合作研究制定研究議程。 論壇為大灣區的酒店和旅遊政策制定者合作研究、行業主管和研究人員提供了一個很好的機會去探討大灣區在長期旅遊發展中面臨的挑戰和機遇,並辨識未來聯合旅遊研究優先課題的議程。

 

是次論壇有兩個部分,首先是由論壇的三位聯席主持發表簡述,他們廣泛地概述了一些關鍵問題、趨勢、發展和合作原因。 論壇聯席主持包括中山大學旅遊學院院長保繼剛教授、香港理工大學酒店及旅遊業管理學院副院長及講座教授宋海岩教授及旅遊學院院長黃竹君博士。

 

第二部分參與者分成幾個小組來進行激烈而互動的討論,並對於研究定立出問題及討論最緊迫重要的挑戰。

 

約有110名人士登記參與論壇,當中包括香港理工大學、中山大學及旅遊學院的代表和大灣區其他的高等院教學者和研究人員,另外更包括來自大灣區各地的政策制訂者、政府官員、社區持分者、智囊團和社團等多個代表。

 

會議論文集和活動相片己上載至論壇網頁,歡迎閱讀。


IFT’s Tourism Research Centre hosts TOURISM 20:20 international symposium on the past and future of tourism & launches initiative towards Global Research Alliance in Tourism

 During the TOURISM 20:20 international symposium, the Director of the IFT Tourism Research Centre (ITRC), Professor Leonardo (Don) A.N. Dioko signed a Joint Statement with the founding (working committee) members of the new Global Research Alliance in Tourism (GReAT) coming from 8 renowned tourism research centres and universities in Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States, witnessed by the UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, and IFT’s President, Dr. Fanny Vong.

During the TOURISM 20:20 international symposium, the Director of the IFT Tourism Research Centre (ITRC), Professor Leonardo (Don) A.N. Dioko signed a Joint Statement with the founding (working committee) members of the new Global Research Alliance in Tourism (GReAT) coming from 8 renowned tourism research centres and universities in Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States, witnessed by the UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, and IFT’s President, Dr. Fanny Vong.

The Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), through the IFT Tourism Research Centre, hosted the TOURISM 20:20 international symposium on 12 October at IFT new Taipa campus. Scholars, industry executives, and educators in the area of tourism from Macao and around the world attended the event and shared ideas on tourism development over the last 20 years and discussed challenges ahead in the next 2 decades. The symposium is one of the series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of IFT.

 

During the opening session, Dr. Fanny Vong, President of IFT and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomed all the delegates, which included more than 120 participants from the academic community and from the industry coming from at least 10 countries and regions.

 

After that, a signing ceremony took place during which the founding (working committee) members of the new Global Research Alliance in Tourism (GReAT) signed a Joint Statement witnessed by the UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, and IFT’s President, Dr. Fanny Vong. The Joint Statement affirms the urgent need to address the most persistent and important research issues, problems, and unresolved questions in tourism on a global scale, through a worldwide network of institutional partners working and pooling together their collective knowledge and resources. The Director of the IFT Tourism Research Centre (ITRC), Professor Leonardo (Don) A.N. Dioko was joined by nine partners from renowned tourism research centres and universities in Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States in signing the Joint Statement.

 

During the symposium, discussants including Mr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Dr. Yeong-Hyeon Hwang, Chairman, Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA), Mr. Xu Jing, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO together with Dr. Kamilla Swart, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa reviewed and exchanged ideas on the lessons from the past and challenges for the future of tourism industry. Another session covering the past and future of tourism education and knowledge was discussed by Dr. Niramit Kunanuwat, Suan Dusit University, Thailand, Dean Haemoon Oh, University of South Carolina, US, Professor Noel Scott, Griffith University, Australia, and Professor Christopher Ryan, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

 

About the symposium

TOURISM 20:20 international symposium examined tourism development over the last 20 years and looked at the challenges ahead in the next 20. Tourism has progressed tremendously in the last twenty years. Rapid globalisation and integration, technological advances, climate change, the advent of low-cost travel and accommodation, and more open visa policies are but a few of the great changes that shaped travel. While the last two decades brought forth momentous change for all countries and for the travel industry, it also portended great adversity and difficulties on issues of security, freedom to travel, equality and emergent diseases, and conflict. Issues including how has travel changed in the last 20 years, the lessons have been learned, how has the travel industry coped with change, the opportunities and challenges lie ahead among the questions TOURISM 20:20 addressed with the help of a few individuals best placed to share their thoughts, insights, and ideas on the matter.

ITRC announces findings of the Macao Tourism Carrying Capacity Study (TCC) for 2013 and 2014

ITRC held a Press Conference on 26 March 2015 during which research staff members shared the latest findings of the Macao Tourism Carrying Capacity Study (TCC) covering 2013 and 2014. According to the latest results, Macao’s tourism carrying capacity (based on the SCC approach) has increased in a stable manner compared to previous years, but reached a highpoint in 2013 and showed a leveling off in 2014.