Conference 2014

CAUTHE 2014 – 24th CAUTHE conference

Theme: Tourism and Hospitality in the Contemporary World: Trends, Changes and Complexity
Date: 10-13 February 2014

CAUTHE 2014 was hosted by The University of Queensland Business School in the Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane. The conference was attended by around 280 delegates. Around 60 full and 110 working papers and 20 posters were accepted and presented. Approximately 96 reviewers provided comments on the papers.

Three keynote speakers gave stimulating and interesting talks on different aspects of tourism in the contemporary world. Dr. Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), highlighted the size and potential of the tourism sector along with key issues to be addressed. Prof. Stefan Gössling examined the effects of climate change and challenges facing the sector. Professor Ulrike Gretzel looked at the opportunities for ‘Big Data’ in the tourism sector.

A highlight of the conference, the Great Debate moderated by Prof. Larry Dwyer, was entertaining as ever.  The topic for the debate was  Tourism/Hospitality Down Under Fails to Address the Contemporary World-neglecting Trends, Changes and Complexity. The social activities included a networking reception, welcome cocktail reception at the historic Customs House, and the gala dinner in the Sofitel Ballroom. The gala dinner themed in the style of the 70s was a great success.

The sponsors of the conference were Queensland Tourism Industry Council (Daniel Gschwind), Setting the Standard OLT project (Dr Paul Whitelaw), CABi, ChannelView (Sarah Williams), Cognizant Communications, Centium Software, Routledge and The University of Queensland.

Conference committee

Convenor: Associate Professor Brent Ritchie
Conference Chair: Associate Professor Noel Scott
Paper Review Coordinator: Dr Monica Chien
Ideas Factory: Dr Andy Lee
Social committee: Dr Lisa Ruhanen, Dr Karen Hughes and Dr Gabby Walters
Welcome to Country: Dr Richard Robinson and Dr Andrew Peters, Swinburne University of Technology
PhD/ECR and MCA workshops: Prof Roy Ballantyne, Ass Prof Jan Packer (UQ) and Dr Aise Kim, University of South Australia
Conference organiser: Conference Online
Volunteers: Hayato Nagai coordinated 25 student volunteers

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PhD/ECR Workshop

Theme: Networking, Collaboration and Mentoring: Making it happen!
Date: Monday 10 February

PhD Scholars and Early Career Researchers attended the annual Bill Faulkner PhD/ECR workshop immediately prior to the conference. The workshop focussed on the important role of networking, collaboration and mentoring in the research process and academic life. An interactive workshop covered verbal and non-verbal communication skills, strengthening social competence and career success. Keynote presentations and panel discussions included:

  • Small Talk and Big Gestures: Communication for Impact and Success with Dr Lisa Curtis-Wendlandt, personal coach and founder of Mind Your Way
  • Tips for positive networking and mentoring
  • Collaborating on publications and grant applications