ICTMH Keynotes

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Prof. Yasuhiro Watanabe

Title: Destination Promotion Activities in the Pandemic-- lessons learned for the post-Covid era

Professor Yasuhiro Watanabe is the head of the Tourism, Hospitality and Entertainment Business Programme at J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan.  Before entering the academia, Watanabe served in the tourism business for over fifteen years.  For his rich experience in business, he is also a constant speaker at various industry meetings and seminars and is one of the few Japanese researchers that can link the academia with the real world.  Professor Watanabe’s recent book on tour guiding (“How to Become a Top Tour Guide”, published 2020 in Japanese) is still the best seller.

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Dr. Samiha Chemli

Title: Tourism Destination Resilience - Bouncing Forward

Dr. Chemli has more than 16 years of international teaching and research experience in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Prior to her current role with the University of Deusto (Spain), she was the Director of Graduate Programs in Hospitality and Tourism, and Head of the Academic Committee (Woosong University, South Korea); Associate Professor and Director of the Master in Hospitality and Tourism (University of la Manouba, Tunisia); and Guest Professor (University College Birmingham, UK).

She is also an expert in Hospitality and Tourism, with extensive experience and a consistent track record of leading companies, managing cross-business teams, providing leadership and consulting services.

ICTMH Highlighted Speakers


Willy Engelbrecht (Ph.D) is the Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies at The Independent Institute of Education situated in South Africa. Willy is an active researcher and focuses on topics related to tourism, supply chain, educational management and leadership, higher education, and management.

Iva has experience in using a variety of interdisciplinary methods and approaches in her research work, as evidenced by more than 30 publications (papers and books). Iva has over 10 years of teaching and mentoring activities at all levels.
Areas of interest: Sustainable Tourism Management, Tourists Satisfaction, Destination Management, Tourism Marketing, Aviation and Tourism

Natnisha Kongtaveesawas (PhD. Candidate, Technopreneurship and Innovation Management, Graduate School Chulalongkorn University, Thailand). With more than 18 years of Tourism and Hospitality experience, now the Ms.Natnisha has shifted her career into Head of Corporate Talent Development & Management. Her research interest has been focused mainly on Wellness Tourism.

Ph.D. candidate in Department of Marketing and Tourism Management,National Chiayi University, Taiwan. His research interests include tourism management, leisure management and tourists’ behavior management.

Anita has worked across a broad spectrum of the tourism industry and developed a keen interest in sustainable destination management to mitigate climate change.

Anita graduated from ITSligo with a first-class BSc (Hons) in Tourism with Event Management and is currently completing her doctoral research project at ATU Sligo. 

The project aims to generate baseline findings on Irish tourism emissions to enable tourism policymakers and planners to establish evidence-based decarbonisation strategies. 

James Hanrahan (BA, MSc, PhD) has worked as a tour guide, tour operator, tourism manager, tourism entrepreneur, tourism consultant and lecturer in Ireland, New Zealand, Hawaii, Bulgaria, California, and Britain. He is currently a lecturer in Tourism Management in the School of Business and Social Science at ATU Sligo and he continues to work for the public and private sectors in tourism planning and development. He has a key set of publications related to sustainable destination management and an established track record in research supervision at PhD level.