Tuesday, December 14, 2021 8 a.m. to Wednesday, December 15 at 5 p.m.

Join us for the 6TH WORLD RESEARCH SUMMIT FOR HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM, Dec. 14-15, 2021, hosted by UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Orlando, Florida and Elsevier.


This conference which will take place as a live-streamed and interactive event on 14-15 December, 2021.

Invited Speakers Line-up (as of 8-11-21)

Keynote Speakers

Chris Davidson, Executive Vice President, MMGY Travel Intelligence, oversees MMGY Global’s research, insights and strategy division. As the world’s leading integrated marketing company specializing in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, MMGY delivers creative solutions driven by research and insight across the world.

Casandra Matej, President & CEO, Visit Orlando, USA  is the president and CEO of Visit Orlando, the destination marketing organization of the most visited destination in the U.S. and Theme Park Capital of the World.

Dr. Laurence J. Pino, Partner in Pino Nicholson Commecial Law & Busniess Consulting, USA (Larry) can truly be called a modern-day Renaissance man. Larry received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law and his Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

Dr. Pauline Sheldon, University of Hawai’I, USA is Professor Emerita, University of Hawai’i, School of Travel Industry Management where she also served as Dean. She holds a PhD in Economics, an MBA, and a BS in Mathematics. Her research areas include sustainable and regenerative tourism, social entrepreneurship in tourism, transformative and wellness tourism.


  • Robert Agrusa, President and CEO, Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, USA
  • Dr. Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Griffith University in Australia and the Principal Science Investment Advisor (Visitor) in the Department of Conservation, New Zealand
  • Michael Blake, SVP, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), USA
  • Professor. Dimitrios Buhalis,Professor, Bournemouth University, UK
  • Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, McKibbon Endowed Chair & Director of M3 Center, University of South Florida, USA
  • Joseph D. Conteco-founder of Consulate Health Care, USA
  • Dr. Robertico Croes, Professor and Associate Dean, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Dr. Fred DeMicco, Executive Director and Professor, The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University, USA
  • Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), South Korea
  • Dr. Xavier Font, Professor of Sustainability Marketing, University of Surrey, UK and Professor II at the University of the Arctic, Norway
  • Dr. Alan Fyall, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Visit Orlando Endowed Chair for Tourism Marketing, UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, USA
  • Steve Hood, Senior Vice President of Research, STR, USA
  • Arthur Huang Ph.D., Assistant Professor at Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA
  • David John, Chief Operating Officer/EVP, Entertainment Technology Partners, USA
  • Xiang (Robert) Li Ph.D., Professor, Arthur F. McGonigle Senior Fellow, and chairperson of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Temple University, USA
  • Jared Meyers, Chairman & Co-Founder, Legacy Vacation Resorts and Salt Palm Development and Co-Founder B Tourism, USA
  • Dr. Abraham Pizam, Professor and Linda Chapin Eminent Scholar Chair in Tourism Management, UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, USA
  • E. Paul Roetert Ph.D., FACSM Managing Director of USTA-U with the United States Tennis Association, USA
  • John C. Spooner, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Grestone, USA
  • Tricia Taylor, Executive Vice President & General Manager, The Breakers, USA
  • Rochelle Turner, Head of Research & Insight for MaCher, UK
  • Dr. Arun Upneja, Dean and Professor, Boston University School of Hospitality Administration, USA
  • Dr. Haixia Wang, VP of Research at Skift, USA
  • Dr. Youcheng Wang, Dean, William Peeper Destination Marketing Preeminent Chair Professor, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, USA
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