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The BU Tourism futures forum @ WTM 2013

On November 6, 2013 Bournemouth University will, in partnership with the World Travel Market and Travel Daily News, host the free event ‘BU Tourism Futures Forum‘ at the World Travel Market 2013.

LONDON – Following last year’s success of BU Tourism Futures Forum @ WTM 2012, tourism experts from Bournemouth University will once again organise a forum about the tourism futures at the World Travel Market 2013. The forum will take place in form of interactive discussions among leading tourism practitioners from around the world to examine the future of tourism. This will provide participants with insights into the future dimensions of the tourism industry and major trends in supply and demand that will lead to international tourism restructuring. The aim of the event is to facilitate the debate about key strategic changes in the tourism industry andto evoke successful responses.

Panellists of the forum form a mix of practitioners from world-known travel and tourism organisations and academics from influencing universities. Among them will be:

Jason Freezer, Head of Destination Management, VisitEngland
Steven Freudmann, Chairman, The Institute of Travel and Tourism
Gary Grieve, Capela and CIMTIG
Magdalena Osmola, European Tour Operators Association (ETOA)
Dr Auliana Poon Tourism Intelligence International
Barbara Avdis, Chairman, Historic Hotels of Europe
Andy Washington
Sofia Panayiotaki, Mediacofss
Claire Steiner, Board Director, The Institute of Travel and Tourism
Dr Philip Alford, Bournemouth University

The event will be chaired by the Chair in tourism at Bournemouth University Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, who will encourage the participants to contribute to the debate.  In addition two short research-based presentations will be given to stimulate the discussions.  Prior to the event participants are encouraged to engage in the conversations on the Facebook group to make first contacts and raise issues to be considered at the event.

BU Tourism Futures Forum will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 13.00 to 15.00 the South Gallery 25 + 26. The event is completely for free but participation requires an admission to the WTM at and an additional registration at

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis says: “The BU Tourism Futures Forum is a great event to get prepared for the global challenges and opportunities that will impact both, tourism destinations and suppliers who will be required to rethink tourism management on a strategic and tactical level. We are looking forward for vibrant discussions about innovative ideas that will drive the tourism industry in the near future.”

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Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.