Monday, 12 October 2015, 15:30 to 18:30

IFT Taipa Campus (Avenida Padre Tomás Pereira, Taipa)

Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao


The symposium will be conducted in English and is open to the public. Registration is now closed. 

For inquiries, please email Ms. Wendy Tang.

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About the symposium

TOURISM 20:20 reviewing tourism development over the last 20 years and looking at the challenges ahead in the next 20. Tourism has progressed tremendously in the last twenty years. Rapid globalization 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.

How has travel changed in the last 20 years? What lessons have been learned? How has the travel industry coped with change? What opportunities and challenges lie ahead? These are some of the questions TOURISM 20:20 will address with the help of a few individuals best placed to share their thoughts, insights, and ideas on the matter.


Tourism 20:20 is part of a series of events marking IFT’s 20th anniversary in 2015.

panel 1 discussants

Lessons from the past, challenges for the future


Mario Hardy

Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)


Yeong-Hyeon Hwang

Professor of Tourism, Dong-a University and Chairman, Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA)

session moderator

Brian Mihalik

Dean (outgoing), College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, US

Xu Jing

Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO


Christopher Ryan

Director, China-New Zealand Tourism Research Unit, University of Waikato Management School

Kamilla Swart

Associate Professor, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa and Head of Centre for Tourism Research in Africa (CETRA)


Panel 2 discussants

The past and future of tourism education and knowledge

Niramit Kunanuwat

Vice President for International Affairs, Suan Dusit University, Bangkok, Thailand

Tej Vir Singh

Editor-in-Chief, Tourism Recreation Research, India


session moderator

Rich Harrill

Research Professor and Acting Director, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management,  University of South Carolina, US


Noel Scott

Deputy Director, Griffith Institute for Tourism, Griffith University, Australia


Haemoon Oh

Dean, College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, US


IFT Taipa Campus

Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao

Avenida Padre Tomás Pereira Taipa


How to get there

You can go to the symposium venue by taking bus no. 11 or no. 37 and getting off at stop "UM Colina da Taipa"