Confirmed Guest Speakers

Stephen BOYD

Professor of Tourism
Ulster University, Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Belfast (United Kingdom)

Professor Stephen Boyd is Professor of tourism in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Ulster University). Stephen studied geography at Queen’s University Belfast, followed by a Master’s in historical geography in Canada (University of Regina) and a PhD in Geography (University of Western Ontario, Canada). He has taught at a number of HE institutions (Staffordshire University, England, and the University of Otago, New Zealand), prior to joining Ulster University in 2004. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is also a visiting research professor at Luoyang Normal University, China. Stephen has published extensively in many areas of tourism, focusing on the non-business side of tourism. His major publications are in the areas of heritage tourism, tourism and national parks, tourism and trails, and tourism and political change. To date he has over 100 publications including 45 book chapters, and many articles in leading tourism journals. Stephen sits on a number of editorial boards of leading tourism journals. He is currently external examiner at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He has offered professional advice to a variety of industry bodies in Canada, England and New Zealand and is currently a special advisor to Tourism Northern Ireland.


Independent Consultant;
Reader in Architectural Regeneration
Oxford Brookes University, School of Architecture, Oxford (United Kingdom)

Following a book on Architectural Conservation (2008) Aylin continues to research conservation theories, including authenticity in the context of reconstruction and rapid urban development and the broadening remit of cultural heritage and regeneration. Other current research focuses on the role heritage plays in the identity, branding and promotion of cities under the working title The 21st Century City: heritage, tourism and identity. The research specifically investigates the commodification of historic quarters as tourism destinations as a new urban construct; the commercial and political re-invention of heritage as a tourism commodity to define local identity and distinctiveness (e.g. China and UAE). Aylin has a specific interest in the Middle East and Islamic towns, and is currently writing a book chapter on urban tourism in the Middle East. This builds on over 20 years of researching and working in the region. Academic interests: building conservation: theory and practice, architectural regeneration and urban conservation, historic towns in the Islamic World: urban conservation, tourism and identity, cultural heritage management, including World Heritage Sites.


Associate Professor
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Management-Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Beersheba (Israel)

Poria’s research interests are focused on various core issues: visitors' experience at heritage tourist sites, the conceptualization of “tourism” and, particularly, “heritage tourism”, as well as LGBT and sex tourism. Currently, Prof. Poria is focusing on exploring the impacts of visits to heritage sites and on the management of heritage site interpretation. Yaniv’s studies were published in high quality tourism and hospitality journals such as: Journal of Travel Research, Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Heritage Tourism, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, and Tourism Geographies. Poria teaches heritage tourism management and marketing research courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. He holds a B.A. in Tourism and hospitality Management from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (1997) and a PhD (2001) from the School of Management Studies for The Service Sector in Surrey University, Guildford, UK. Yaniv sits on a number of editorial boards of leading tourism journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Heritage Tourism, etc...

Daniela Angelina JELINČIĆ

Research Adviser
Institut za razvoj i međunarodne odnose - IRMO, Zagreb (Croatia)

Daniela Angelina Jelinčić is a research adviser at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) in Zagreb. She holds a Ph.D. in ethnology from the University of Zagreb and her specific interests are in cultural tourism, cultural/creative industries, cultural policy, creativity and social innovations. Also, she teaches on cultural tourism, economy of culture, cultural heritage management, social innovations at the University of Dubrovnik, University of Zagreb, Edward Bernays First College of Communication Management in Zagreb, and at the UNESCO Chair for Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES) in Köszeg, Hungary. She is the author of several scientific books (ABC of Cultural Tourism; Culture in a Shop Window; Culture, Tourism, Interculturalism; Innovations in Culture and Development: The Culturinno Effect in Public Policy), a number of scientific articles and book chapters, national/international studies as well as of several national/local strategic documents, and is the Council of Europe expert for cultural tourism.

Important Dates

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  • Abstracts and papers should be sent by
    February 15th, 2018

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Contact Info

College of Tourism, Bulevar Zorana Djindjica 152a, Belgrade, Serbia