KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Prof. Dr. Dogan GURSOY

Dr. Dogan Gursoy is the Taco Bell Distinguished Professor at Washington State University in the School of Hospitality Business Management and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management. He developed and designed the "Hotel Business Management Training Simulation” (http://www.hotelsimulation.com/), a virtual management training game where participants are divided into teams and assigned the task of running 500-room hotels in a competitive virtual marketplace. The Hotel Business Management Training Simulation has been used for both revenue management and hospitality management purposes by several institutions.

Dr. Gursoy received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech. His research goal is to advance the theoretical and practical knowledge by meaningfully contributing to the state of the knowledge in hospitality and tourism. This process may involve investigation of an issue that has been neglected, re-examination of an existing area to advance the existing body of knowledge by integrating other theoretical constructs and theoretical structures, or re-modeling or improving of existing theoretical models.Dr. Gursoy is recognized as one of the leading researchers in the hospitality and tourism area. His area of research includes services management, hospitality and tourism marketing, tourist behavior, travelers’ information search behavior, community support for tourism development, cross-cultural studies, consumer behavior, involvement and generational leadership. His research has been published broadly in refereed Tier I journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. His research has also been presented at numerous hospitality and tourism conferences and received numerous research awards. Dr. Gursoy has recently been recognized as one of the top 10 authors in the world in terms of publications in the top six hospitality/tourism journals during the past decade(Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research (2011), 35(3), 381-416).Dr. Gursoy serves on the editorial board of several journals including Annals of Tourism Research (resource editor), Journal of Social Inquiry (associate editor), International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, Tourism Analysis, Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, etc. Dr. Dogan Gursoy also receives frequent invitations to give key note speeches at international hospitality and tourism conferences. He is also an active member of International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) and Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA).


Prof.Dr. Fevzi OKUMUS


Dr. Fevzi Okumus is the CFHLA Preeminent Chair Professor within the Hospitality Services Department at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He joined the Rosen College in 2005. He was the founding Chair of the Hospitality Services Department from 2007-2013.He received his PhD in Strategic Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has a Master of Science degree in International Hotel Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK and a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism from Cukurova University, Turkey. He worked in the hotel industry in various functional areas and roles before becoming an educator.

Dr. Okumus’ teaching and consultancy areas include hotel/lodging management, strategic management, leadership development, international hospitality management and introduction to hospitality and tourism. His research areas include competitive advantage, sustainability and green practices, strategy implementation, knowledge management, hotel/lodging management, crisis management, destination marketing, information technology and developing countries.Dr. Okumus has widely published in leading journals, including Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Business Research, Service Industries Journal, Management Decision, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality ManagementandJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. He has over 230 academic publications (over 100 refereed journal articles, three books, 12 book chapters and 85 conference presentations and reports). According toGoogleScholar, as of October 2017, his publications have received over 4347 citations and he has an h-index of 33. He chaired/co-chaired and served on numerous PhD dissertation and master thesis committees. He secured competitive grants, contracts and scholarships totaling an amount of $500.000.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of theInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management(IJCHM), which has an Impact Factor of 3.196 and is considered one of the top hospitality and tourism journal in the field. He is also the Co-Founding Editor of theJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights. He serves on the editorial boards of 24 international journals. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He is a Visiting Professor at San Yet Sen University’s Business School in Guangzhou, China. Dr. Okumus has received numerous awards and recognitions including "The Michael D. Olsen Research Award” in 2016; "The University of Central Florida Scroll & Quill Society Award” in 2017 and the "CFHLA Preeminent Chair Professor” again in 2017.


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