4th Annual Tourism & Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference
The Hotel, Catering & Tourism Department at the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) played host to the 4th Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conference. The conference entitled â¿¿Reflections: Irish Tourism & Hospitality â¿¿ A Success Story?â¿ took place on June 10th and 11th , 2008.
The ITT welcomed over 100 delegates from Ireland, the UK and the US to the prestigious annual conference, which is recognised as one the most important dates in the Irish academic calendar. The conference provided a forum to present current research and stimulate debate on the key issues of interest in the tourism and hospitality industry. Delegates attending the conference included high profile members of the academic world and key industry leaders and practitioners in the tourism and hospitality sectors. The conference now in its 4 th year was previously hosted by Ulster University, Waterford Institute of Technology and Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Delegates were addressed by a wide range of keynote speakers from the tourism and hospitality sectors including: Hugh Friel, Chairman, Tourism Ireland; Professor John Tribe, University of Surrey; Eamonn McKeown, CEO, Irish Tourism Industry Confederation; Dick Spring, Executive Vice Chairman, FEXCO Holdings; Dr. Claudia Green, Pace University, New York, Mr Brendan Curtis, CEO, Choice Hotels Ireland and Mr Tony Donovan, Senior Advisor in pro-poor sustainable tourism development in Lao.
Topics discussed over the two day conference include: Education in Tourism & Hospitality; Tourism Product Development; Consumer Behaviour; Niche Tourism; Visitor Experience & Local Authorities; IT Learning Networks; Entrepreneurship & SMEs; Issues in the Hospitality Industry and Destination Images.
Speaking on behalf of the Institute of Technology Tralee, Mary Rose Stafford, Head of the Department of Hotel, Catering and Tourism, ITT commented that â¿¿The Institute of Technology Tralee are proud to be to given the opportunity to host the 4 th Annual Tourism and Hospitality Research in Ireland Conferenceâ¿.
Mary Rose Stafford, also highlighted the particular importance of the tourism industry in todayâ¿¿s uncertain economic climate, explaining; â¿¿With many sectors of the economy beginning to struggle, the tourism industry has the potential to remain a significant, reliable and solid contributor to Irish economic wellbeing and this conference can act as an important platform to explore future development strategies for the industryâ¿.