Guest Speakers

Chris COOPER

Professor (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
UNWTO Ulysses Laureate

Professor Cooper (ccooper@brookes.ac.uk) is Professor of Tourism at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Professor Cooper works with international agencies in tourism research and education, including the EU, ASEAN, ILO, and the World Bank as well as the United Nations World Tourism Organization where he held the Chair of the Education Council (2005 – 2007) and was awarded the UN Ulysses Medal for contributions to tourism education and policy in 2009. Professor Cooper is the co-editor of Current Issues in Tourism and is a member of the editorial board for leading tourism, hospitality and leisure journals. He has authored a number of leading textbooks in tourism and is the co-series editor of Channel view’s influential book series ‘Aspects of Tourism’ and series editor of Goodfellow Publisher’s Contemporary Tourism Reviews.

David AIREY

Emeritus Professor (University of Surrey, UK)
UNWTO Ulysses Laureate

Professor Airey began his academic career at Surrey in 1975 and stayed with the University until 1985. After eight years with the Government Ministry responsible for tourism education and three years with the European Commission, he returned to Surrey in 1997 as Professor of Tourism Management. Professor Airey served as Head of School from 2000-2002 and as University Pro-Vice Chancellor from 2001-2009. In 2004 he was awarded the EuroChrie President's award for outstanding achievement and in 2006 was recipient of the Ulysses award from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for his work in tourism education. In 2007 he became co-chair of the UNWTO Education Council. He retired in 2014 but retains a link with the University as Professor Emeritus and he also is involved in a range of other projects both in the UK and overseas. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, elected Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Tourism Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, and member of the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism and the Tourism Research Centre.

Dianne DREDGE

Professor (Aalborg University, Danmark)
Chair, Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI)

Dianne Dredge is Professor in the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark. She is Chair of the Tourism Education Futures Initiative, a network of over 350 tourism educators and practitioners who believe in the powerful transformative effects of education in building sustainable and just forms of tourism for the future. Originally trained as an environmental planner, Dianne has 20 years of practical experience working with communities, governments, tourism operators and NGOs. Her research interests include tourism development processes, collaborative governance, tourism policy, tourism knowledge dynamics and tourism education.

Irena ATELJEVIĆ

Professor and researcher (Wageningen University, Netherlands;
Institute for Tourism, Zagreb, Croatia)
Cofounder of the Critical Tourism Studies network (CTS)

Irena Ateljevic received her doctoral degree in human geography in 1998 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is currently positioned as a Scientific Associate at the Institute for Tourism, Zagreb and within the Socio-Spatial Analysis Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, as a Visiting Professor. She taught at the various Universities worldwide and was invited for a keynote speaker at the numerous international conferences. She has published around 60 international scientific journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and consultancy reports. Irena is one of the editors (with Annette Pritchard and Nigel Morgan) of the influential book The Critical Turn in Tourism Research (2012) and with Kevin Hannam of the book Backpacker tourism – Concepts and Profiles (2007). She is a cofounder of the Critical Tourism Studies network (CTS) through which she has been promoting the epistemological issues of reflexivity in the production of tourism knowledge.

Dr Andreas WEIHE
Alexandra WOLF, MA

Bamberg University - The International Office and Welcome Center

The International Office is the central contact point for student-related international issues at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg.

Each year, the International Office is responsible for providing approximately 600 University of Bamberg students with placement in study-abroad/exchange programmes, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and Fulbright Commission scholarship programmes, as well as placement as PAD (Pädagogischer Austauschdienst) foreign language assistants. We are also responsible for the administration of ERASMUS scholarships for German exchange students.

The International Office annually advises approximately 250 foreign exchange students and DAAD scholarship recipients whose housing accommodations we arrange, and to whom we offer a three-week intensive German course at the start of each semester and a series of excursions.

The Welcome Center is a service facility for all internationally mobile scholars at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg.

International PhD students and researchers are offered extensive advice as well as practical support with regard to the preparation and the realization of their stay in Bamberg. We can provide information and targeted assistance in all matters related to the non subject-specific aspects of their visit.

The Welcome Center is meant to serve as an interface between university departments and various university and non-university institutions. It offers international guests of the university personalized support, beginning even before their actual arrival in Bamberg.

Important Dates

Important dates for Conference participants
  • EXTENDED DEADLINE
    Paper submission by
    February 20th, 2016

BITCO 2016

You are welcome to submit your abstracts for the Conference.
BITCO 2016 Call for Papers in PDF format.

Contact Info

College of Tourism, Bulevar Zorana Djindjica 152a, Belgrade, Serbia
bitco2018@gmail.com