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ICOHT 2014 will Collaboratively Organized by Master of Tourism Economics and Hotel Management, University of Colombo, Management and Science University and TIIKM.

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Final Registration Deadline (Extended):
30 September 2014

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ICOHT 2014 Conference Overview

Tourism is not only a global industry, but also a powerful movement that has influenced the human kind in an unprecedented manner since mid-twentieth century. With its ever-increasing global popularity and rapid growth comes a series of increasingly complex challenges. Identifying, understanding and reacting promptly to tourism trends is essential for all stakeholders involved in hospitality and tourism. It is vital that industry leaders and researchers work together in seeking practical and innovative solutions for challenges in hospitality and tourism. Therefore, papers written jointly by industry leaders and academics are preferred for this conference.

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Supporting Journals

Types of Presentations
  • In-Person Presentations
  • Virtual Presentation
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ICOHT 2014 Awards Awards
  • Best paper Award
  • Best Presentation Awards
  • Best student award l
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Organized by

The International Institute of Knowledge Management ,
#288/1/1, Old kottawa road,
Embuldeniya, Nugegoda,
Sri Lanka.

Tel: +94 113 098 521

Hotline: +94 715 589 870


Keynote Speakers

Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic Head, International Relations and Resource Mobilisation, World Tourism Organisation.

Dr. David Ermen Lecturer in Service Management Institute of Tourism and Leisure Science, University of Applied Sciences, HTW Chur. Manager - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC Switzerland.

Prof. UEK dr hab. Jadwiga Berbeka. PhD, Department of Tourism,Faculty of Management, Cracow University of Economics, Poland.

Dr. D.A.C Suranga Silva Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Former Director General at Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM)

Ms. Catalina Etcheverry is a Consultant for the Tourism and Environment Programme at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Parallel Session by SWITCH-Asia

Theme : "Sustainable tourism – lessons learned from the SWITCH-Asia Programme"

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Conference Tracks
Sustainable development
  • Infrastructure for tourism
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Conference facilities
  • Casinos and gaming facilities
  • Visitor attractions
  • Medical tourism
  • Dark tourism
  • Agro tourism
  • Eco tourism
  • Indigenous tourism
  • Environmentally-friendly operations
Tourism policy, planning and governance
  • Master plan development
  • Tourism forecasting
  • Attracting investment
  • Strategic partnerships and alliances
  • Minimization of foreign exchange leakage
  • Tourism performance analysis
  • Natural disasters and climate changes
  • Crisis management
  • Quality assurance
Culture and heritage tourism
  • Heritage tourism
  • Culinary tourism
  • Sports tourism
  • Special event tourism
  • Community based events
Community engagement
  • Community tourism
  • Gaining support from rural communities
  • Empowering local communities
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Domestic tourism
Destination marketing
  • Positioning strategies
  • Unique brand images
  • International media relations
  • Creative tourism packaging
  • Regional / bi-national tourism marketing
  • Market segmentation
  • Market distribution channels
  • Repeat visitation and destination loyalty
  • Tourism e-marketing
Shortage of quality hospitality employees
  • “Applied” education
  • Program pathways
  • Structured internships
  • Industry led certifications
  • Practical training need assessment
  • Training and development
  • Attracting and retaining quality employees
Information communication technology
  • Social media
  • Digital media
  • Data collection
  • Online travel agents
  • On-line public reviews and ratings
  • Customer relationship management
Guests of Honor

Hon. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena Minister of Investment Promotion, Sri Lanka.

Mr. Bhashwara Gunarathna Chairman ,Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

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Conference Co-Chair
Prof. Sarath Kotagama
Vice President of Ecotourism Society of Sri Lanka, Head of the Environmental Science Department: University of Colombo.

Dr. Chandi Jayawardena DPhil, MSc, CHE, FIH Principal – Chandi J. Associates Inc. Consulting, Canada

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Scientific Committee Chair
Dr. D.A.C Suranga Silva
Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Former Director General at Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM)

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Highlight of the Conference
  • More than 100 presentations
  • Key note sessions with leading characters in the field of Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Networking opportunities with expertise
  • Cultural event and post conference tour to explore the beauty and local traditions of Sri Lanka
  • Special rates for Asian and African participants
  • Special attention to young and innovative researchers to uplift their career
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