• ICOHT 2014

    Conference Group Photograph.

  • Conference Venue

    Malé, Maldives.

  • ICOHT 2013

    Conference Group Photograph.

ICOHT 2015

Welcome to the website of the (ICOHT 2015) 3rd Annual International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management. The Conference will be held during 6 – 7 October 2015 in Maldives under the theme of “Strategic alignment in tourism: Planning, developing, marketing, managing & monitoring”

For sustainable development and effective management of all related aspects of hospitality and tourism, it is essential to learn from the best practices around the world and be innovative in finding practical solutions to ever-evolving challenges. Innovative approaches should be taken to strategically align with the visions and expectations of key tourism and hospitality industry stakeholders in planning, developing, marketing, managing, monitoring and controlling. As we advocate that industry leaders and researchers should collaborate in seeking practical and innovative solutions for the challenges in hospitality and tourism, papers jointly written by industry leaders and academics are sought for this conference.

The International Conferences on Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2013 and 2014 were well attended and hugely successful. This annual event attended by presenters from over 30 countries, is a premier international forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of hospitality and tourism management. The conference will bring together tourism and hospitality industry leaders, educators, researchers and scholars in the domain of interest from around the world. Both ground-breaking research papers and evidence-based case studies are welcome. In addition to being published in the conference proceedings e-book, the outstanding conference papers will have the opportunity in being chosen for publishing in reputed peer-reviewed academic journals. Topics of interest for submission include the following 72 listed within nine sub themes, but are not limited to:

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Keynote Speakers

Prof.Sarath Kotagama

Prof. Sarath Kotagama
Professor of Environmental Science,
Department of Zoology,
University of Colombo,
Sri Lanka.

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ICOHT 2015 Conference Chair

Dr. Chandi Jayawardena DPhil,MSc,CHE,FIH,FCHSGA.
President-Chandi J.Associates Inc.Consulting,Canada Director-Intelligent Hotels,UK.

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ICOHT 2015 Keynote

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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Publication Opportunities

All accepted abstracts and full papers (for those who register for the conference) will be published in the refereed conference proceedings with ISSN (ISSN 2345-962x) will be published electronically after the conference. You have the option for including either abstract only or full paper in the proceedings.

We will also make every effort to submit the proceedings to be indexed in the Thomson Reuters, SCOUPS, Mendeley, CiteULike and Google scholar for possible Indexing.

ICOHT 2015

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Conference Tracks

1. Planning
• Tourism master plans
• New destination planning
• Thematic architecture for tourism destinations
• Added-value creations for tourism
• Infusing local culture and spirituality in tourism offerings
• Hotel and resort project planning
• Secondary accommodation project planning
• Enhancing the quality of life of communities through tourism

3. Marketing
• Marketing research
• Market segmentation
• Marketing planning
• Advertising
• Sales promotions
• Hospitality sales
• Tourism e-marketing
• Green marketing

5. Human resource management
• Making career opportunities in the hospitality industry attractive
• Improving service quality through effective recruitment and training strategies
• Improving language skills of hospitality employees to enhance customer service
• Empowerment to improve team spirit and motivation
• Career development
• Management development
• Female employees in tourism
• Youth in tourism

7. Monitoring and financial controls
• Benefits from bi-national tourism
• Tourism data collection
• Preparing accurate tourism statistics
• Tourism forecasting
• Tourism performance analysis
• Tourism regulations
• Measuring hotel and restaurant profitability
• Hotel systems and procedures through franchising and management contracts

2. Developing
• Sustainable tourism triple bottom-lines – economic, environmental and social
• Mass tourism development
• Special interest tourism development
• Eco tourism development
• Community based tourism development
• Post-war tourism development
• Hotel and resort development
• Visitor attraction development

4. Marketing strategies
• Strategies to maintain market share from traditional tourism feeder markets
• Strategies to attract new tourism feeder markets
• Strategies to increase the market share of Chinese outbound tourists
• Developing strategies to increase repeat tourist arrivals
• Managing tourist destination networks through public relations
• Measuring customer satisfaction in the context of on-line reviews
• Dealing with OTAs and on-line reservation systems
• Destination branding through the internet

6. Operations management
• Airlines and airports
• Cruise industry
• MICE industry
• Tour operations and travel agencies
• Tourist guiding and tourist shops
• Quality assurance in hotel rooms division operations
• Quality assurance in food & beverage operations
• Guest security and safety

8. Strategic alignment (with the expectations of …)
• Federal and local governments
• Local community
• International tourists
• Domestic tourists
• Hospitality and tourism industry employees
• Destination marketers
• Investors
• Hotel operators, franchisors and management corporations

9. Innovations for the future
• Emerging trends, themes and innovations in tourism
• Emerging trends, themes and innovations in hospitality management
• Innovations in tourism and hospitality education and research
• Innovations in tourism and hospitality knowledge management
• Innovations in dealing with tourism seasonality
• Survival strategies for un-branded hotels and resorts
• Entrepreneurship in hospitality and tourism
• “Outside the box” thinking in hospitality and tourism

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