Here you can find our inspirational speakers that will be present for the event. They have been invited because of their professionalisme and dedication to their work which goes well with the topics chosen for this conference. Each of them will have a different touch to development within their field, where sustainability and responsibility according to UN Development Goals are in focus.
DR ALISON MCINTOSH
Professor of Hospitality and Tourism
Alison's main research interests are in critical approaches to tourism and hospitality studies, with particular focus on issues of accessibility, social justice, ethics and advocacy, and community engagement. Alison has over 20 years of academic and consulting research experience. She has considerable experience in supervising and mentoring research students at the Masters and PhD levels. She currently also holds a Visiting Professor position at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. She Co-Founded and is Co-Editor of the international journal Hospitality and Society. She has published widely in leading international tourism and hospitality journals. Other research expertise includes cultural heritage management and sustainable tourism development; tourist experiences and wellbeing.
Alison holds current and previous Directorships of community organisations, and regularly engages in community work aligned to her research interests.
Vice President Lonely Planet
Best known for his work for Lonely Planet, Tom Hall is a well-known and respected expert voice on travel and tourism. Tom has spent the past few months writing and speaking on how travel and tourism can navigate the post-COVID world. He is a long-time contributor to dozens of publications including Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel book, the new Low Carbon Europe title and its long-running magazine. He also writes for The Guardian and many in-flight magazines and websites. Tom is a regular voice covering travel on CNN, BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio 5 live and many other national and international broadcasters where he has given advice and context on issues affecting tourism from volcanic eruptions to economic crises. Tom spoke at SXSW in 2019 on sustainable travel as part of Visit Denmark’s activity at the festival.
FURTHER INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS
To be confirmed.
Further inspirational speakers to be confirmed.