Director - China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI)
Wolfgang Georg Arlt, with more than 30 years of experience in China, is the Director of China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), an organization offering information, analysis, publications, consulting, and advice for individuals and companies interested in Chinese tourism. He was born and raised in West Berlin, and has been teaching university-level international and leisure tourism management. Dr. Arlt has an MA in Sinology and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from FU Berlin and speaks German and English, and studied Mandarin and Cantonese.
He is an author of a number of books and articles on China's outbound tourism including a book of the same title with Routledge Publishers, Oxford (published 2006, republished 2011).
Also a guest editor of several international scientific journals for China tourism special editions, latest Tourism Planning & Development, China Outbound Tourism, May 2013.
Chief Executive Officer – Tourism Western Australia
Stephanie Buckland is a marketing and product management professional with experience in consumer packaged goods, retail banking and tourism.
Stephanie led a major restructure of Tourism WA in 2010, positioning the agency to implement the new strategic direction set by the Board. Under Stephanie’s leadership, the organisation was streamlined and efforts were re-focused on marketing, events and significant tourism infrastructure.
Partnerships were strengthened with the tourism industry and with government agencies key to the future of tourism including the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Regional Development, Department of Lands, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Department of Planning, Department of Transport and Tourism Australia.
Stephanie was previously the Executive Director Marketing at Tourism WA from March 2008, and was instrumental in the development of the brand Experience Extraordinary, as well as the highly successful Extraordinary Taxi Ride campaign.
Prior to joining Tourism WA, Stephanie was head of retail marketing for Bankwest, where she developed the marketing strategy for the bank’s successful expansion to the east coast of Australia. Stephanie also worked for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare for many years, marketing well-known consumer brands in the USA and Australia.
Stephanie, who was born and raised in the USA, has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Virginia.
President – China Tourism Academy
From July. 1989, worked for Anhui University of Finance and Economics as teaching secretary, assistant, lecturer and associate professor in trade and economy department.
From Jan. 2001, worked for Beijing International Studies University as associate professor, professor of tourism management department, director of restaurant management department, deputy director general, director general of the scientific research department, standing subeditor of the academic journal, assistant to the principal and president of the college of Sino-Swiss restaurant management April. 2008, vice-president of CTA July. 2010, president of CTA.
Published over 290 theses in both domestic and foreign media such as Tourism Tribune and Nankai Management Review, these theses have been reprinted in some authoritative publications such as Tourism Management and Annals of Chinas Tourism many times. Published monographs, translated works, textbooks and research reports amount to 30. Presided over 50 subjects and delivered more than 400 keynote speeches entrusted by governmental departments and commercial organizations including National Natural Science Foundation, China National Tourism Administration, the Ministry of Education, the municipal government of Beijing, Beijing Social Sciences Planning Office, China National Tourism Group and Lingnan International Enterprise Group, etc.
Sustainable Tourism Program Manager– National Geographic Society
Jim Dion is the Director of Tourism Programs for the Maps Division at the National Geographic Society. His work involves linking the world’s most important tourism destinations to the design capabilities of NG Maps to create innovative maps and interactive websites to increase knowledge about sustainable tourism and foster destination stewardship of cultural, historic, and natural resources.
Prior to joining National Geographic in 2005, he directed sustainable tourism programs for conservation NGO’s in Mexico, Central America, and Asia, and he has lectured at the Technical University of Graz in Austria. Jim’s interest in linking tourism to conservation and community development is an outgrowth of his over 15 years of experience as a professional river and wilderness guide/outfitter. He founded and developed locally run sustainable, tourism businesses in Europe and North, Central, and South America.
Paul F. J. Eagles, Ph.D., R.P.P, M.C.I.P.
Professor – University of Waterloo, Canada
Paul F. J. Eagles is a Professor at the University of Waterloo. His primary appointment is to the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, with cross appointment to the School of Planning. He specializes in environmental, recreation and tourism planning, with 40 years of planning experience. He has undertaken planning and research in this field in over 25 countries and has 360 publications. He was Chair of the Global Task Force on Tourism and Parks for the World Commission on Protected Areas of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) from 1996 to 2008. He has been a consultant on tourism for numerous agencies in Canada, and for the World Bank, the World Tourism Organization, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Environment Program, the Forestry and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, and the Nature Conservation Agencies of Sweden and Finland.
Director – Kepa Kurl Enterprises Pty Ltd
Doc is recognised as a saltwater Cultural Custodian/Traditional Owner of the Wudjari people, most eastern of the 14 tribes of the Noongar Nation located around the Esperance region. Doc has been actively involved with Aboriginal affairs for nearly 40 years having leadership roles at the local, regional, State, National and International levels. Doc was the 1st Aboriginal Shire Councillor elected to the Shire Esperance, former President of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA), Chair of the Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) and the Chair of the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC).
2003 Doc along with his sister Gail and their respective partners, Robyne and Mark, formed Kepa Kurl Enterprises Pty Ltd, focusing on Cultural Tourism experiences and Cross Cultural Awareness training, which is now recognised as one of the leading Aboriginal tourism operations in WA. They currently provide 5 experiences, Eco-Cultural tours, Eco-Discovery tours, Aboriginal Art Gallery, Cross Cultural Awareness training, Cultural Services and now along with his daughters, have just opened a mobile coffee/food van, Lucky Bean Cafe on Australia’s Whitest beach, Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park.
Director General – Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia
Jim Sharp was born and educated in Western Australia. He completed an Education degree at The University of Western Australia in 1971 and a Masters degree in 1978.
In March 2014 Jim was appointed Director General, Department of Parks and Wildlife. Prior to that he was Deputy Director General Parks and Conservation in the Department of Environment and Conservation. He was the Department of Conservation and Land Management’s Director National Parks for 12 years and Scientific Advisor before that. Jim acted as the Director General, Department of Environment and Conservation from February 2013 and then the Department of Parks and Wildlife on its creation in July 2013.
Jim has a background in social research, policy development, tourism and recreation access, Aboriginal policy, volunteers, external funding, leases, licences, and visitation research.
Jim is a Board member of Parks Forum, a peak body for park management organisations, with members across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada and the USA.
He is also a Board member of the Bibbulmun Track Foundation (long distance walking track) and the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation (long distance cycling trail). The Boards are models for development of unique cross regional partnerships focused on the natural environment.
Jim is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas Working Group on Tourism in Protected Areas and has a strong interest in the establishment, promotion and sustainable use of protected areas.
Professor of Tourism Research, Griffith University
Dr. David Weaver, employed as a Professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University (Australia) since 2008, has more than 30 years of experience teaching and researching in the areas of ecotourism, sustainable tourism, and destination management. He has held prior academic appointments in Australia (also Griffith University), Canada (University of Regina), and the USA (George Mason University & University of South Carolina) and during this time has authored or edited 10 books and written more than 100 refereed scientific journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Weaver is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of Ecotourism and sits on the editorial boards of seven academic journals. In 2009 he was elected as a Fellow in the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the peak international body for tourism academics. In recent years he has been invited to deliver keynote addresses in Korea, South Africa, Russia, New Zealand, Norway and China, and has participated in consultancies in destinations as diverse as Thailand, Panama and Andorra. Dr. Weaver held a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant to investigate the willingness of protected area visitors in Australia to participate in activities that enhance the environmental condition of national parks.
Bihu Wu (Tiger)
Professor – Peking University, China
Nicknamed as Tiger, Dr. Wu Bihu is a Professor specializing in the areas of tourism planning, tourism destination marketing and management with Peking University's Urban and Regional Planning Department. He is also the Director of the Center for Recreation and Tourism Research (CRTR) at Peking University. Prof. Wu has been a Visiting Professor to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Purdue University, University of South Carolina, East China Normal University, and Sheffield Hallam University.
He has had a wide variety of experience in tourism studies and is the author of more than 200 papers and 20 books published in China and abroad. Prof. Wu also serves as an editorial committee member for seven international referred journals in tourism and geography. He is a Founding Member of the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA), the first China-based global academic association on tourism research in the world. He was also elected as the Co-chair of RC 50 International Tourism at the International Sociological Association.
Deputy General Manager – Spring Travel, Shanghai China
Carl Yin has worked as Deputy General Manager in charge of International Market, General Manager of Europe & America dept since October 2004. He specializes in international inbound and outbound market, both for group tour and vacations. His major fields are in US, Canada, Whole Europe countries, Middle East, South Africa, and Crusies. He has attended or been invited to attend many business and leisure travel shows or marts, IPOW, CITM, WTM, ITB, ICAA.
Before this role he worked for 9 yeas as a Manager of Shanghai Spring International in LA, US. Carl has studied at both Southeast University, Nanjing, China and China Science and Technology Extensive Training School in Shanghai.
Professor of Tourism, Southern Cross University
Betty Weiler is a Research Professor in the School of Tourism & Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University Australia. Her 30 years of tourism research, education & training and consultancy work have spanned several continents, mainly working with colleagues and in-country managers, tourism operators and trainers in Australia, North America, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Her 150+ publications in international tourism research journals and other scholarly outlets have centred on the tourist experience, particularly the role of the tour guide and heritage/nature interpretation, including several projects on the inbound China market. Much of Betty’s work has been in partnership with protected areas and wildlife and heritage attractions, with her most recent work focusing on managing visitors and influencing their on-site and post-visit behaviour. Many outputs from Betty’s research including training packages, manuals, and tool kits continue to be used by and/or inform tourism practice, particularly in the areas of interpretation and tour guiding. Finally, Betty is a multi-award winning PhD supervisor, an editorial board member of six international tourism journals, and co-author of the first scholarly monograph on tour guiding.
Philip L Pearce
Foundation Professor of Tourism, James Cook University
Philip Pearce has taught in Australian Universities for over 30 years. He is the first Professor of Tourism in Australia and is based at James Cook University. He has a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and Diploma of Education from the University of Adelaide and earned a Doctorate from the University of Oxford studying tourists in Europe. He has held a Fulbright scholarship at Harvard University. In his position at James Cook University he teaches at all levels with a focus on tourist behaviour and experience. In 2008 he won an ALTC award for advancing tourism education and for the supervision of Doctoral level students, having successfully supervised 33 such students. He has 250 publications and 8 books on tourism. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Tourism Studies (1990-2005) and now reviews and edits manuscripts for other journals on a regular basis. He was awarded the James Cook University Vice Chancellor’s Award for research excellence in 2012. He is a frequent keynote speaker at tourism conferences particularly in Asia. His special interest areas are tourist behaviour, notably tourist motivation and experience, tourism and communities and tourism education and research.
He has recent interest and publications in the areas of Chinese outbound tourism. He supervises a large number of current PhD students and has been the principal supervisor for successful graduates from 12 countries. He currently supervises PhD students from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and Singapore.