THE SUCCESS STORY OF ICOHT 2018

The 6th International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management 2018, was held on 14th – 15th September 2018 in Kandy, Sri Lanka under the theme “Innovative Strategies in Hospitality & Tourism Management” The conference was organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Taylor’s University, Malaysia as the hosting partner while National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, Japan, and Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria remained as the successful, collaborative academic Partners of the Conference. Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, Sri Lanka, has joind hands as the strategic partner of the conference and Kandy Hotels Association Institute of Hospitality – Sri Lanka joined as the industrial artner of the conference.

KEY SPEAKERS OF ICOHT 2018

The Keynote forum was one of the significant sessions of the Conference and it was enlightened by Prof. Tiger Bihu WU (Prof. & Director, The International Center for Recreation and Tourism Research, Peking University, China), Prof. Nigel Hemmington (Pro Vice-Chancellor International, Dean Faculty of Culture and Society,New Zealand) and Prof. Darshana Sedera (Director – Master of Business Information Systems, Research Lead – Digital Transformation Research Group, Monash University, Australia). Prof. Tiger Bihu WU delivered the keynote speech on the topic ” Tourism Planning and Quanyu Lvyou: Governance and Product for China as a Destination Country ” whereas Prof. Nigel Hemmington delivered the keynote speech on the topic “From service to experience – hospitable tourism experiences” and Prof. Darshana Sedera delivered the keynote speech on the topic “Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Digital Era”.

INAUGURATION CEREMONY

The opening remarks of ICOHT 2018 were made by the Conference Co-Chairs Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena (Canada International Ambassador & Past President – Institute of Hospitality (HCIMA), United Kingdom) and Prof. Sarath Kotagama (Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka together and  with Mr. Isanka P. Gamage (Managing Director, The International Institute of Knowledge Management).

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Prof. Tiger Bihu WU

Prof. Tiger Bihu WU

Prof. & Director, The International Center for Recreation and Tourism Research, Peking University, China

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Prof. Nigel Hemmington

Pro Vice-Chancellor International, Dean Faculty of Culture and Society,
New Zealand

Keynote Speaker_ICOHT

Prof. Darshana Sedera

Director – Master of Business Information Systems
Research Lead – Digital Transformation Research Group
Monash University
Australia

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS


Prof-Sarath-Kotagama

Prof. Sarath Kotagama

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

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Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena

Canada International Ambassador & Past President – Institute of Hospitality (HCIMA), United Kingdom

SESSION CHAIRS

  • Dr. Marco Scholtz (North-West University, South Africa)
  • Dr. Hiroyuki Yakushiji (Nara Prefectural University, Japan)
  • Dr. Orlando W. Eduria (Majan College University College, Oman)
  • Dr. Kandappan Balasubramanian (Taylor’s University, Malaysia)
     

EVALUATION PANEL MEMBERS

  • Dr. Chandana Jayawardena (Canada International Ambassador & Past President – Institute of Hospitality (HCIMA), United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Tiger Bihu WU (Prof. & Director, The International Center for Recreation and Tourism Research, Peking University, China)
  • Prof. Nigel Hemmington (Pro Vice-Chancellor International, Dean Faculty of Culture and Society,New Zealand)

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Dr. Jayaranjani Sutha, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Mahbub Parvez, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Sarat Kumar, Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM), India
  • Dr. YingChuan Wang, City University of Macau, China
  • Dr. Zhang Yang, Macau University of Science and Technology, China
  • Dr. Jose Wong, Macau University of Science and Technology, China
  • Dr. Ramazan Pars Sahbaz, Gazi University, Turkey
  • Dr. Maggie Rong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Bình Nghiêm-Phú, National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, Japan
  • Prof. Dr. Kazunori Akutagawa, National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, Japan
  • Mr. President Takayuki Nakamura, National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College,Japan
  • Prof. Tao Zhang, City University Of Macau, China
  • Dr. Esther Kagure Munyiri, Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Dr. Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Dr. Albert Chege Kariuki, KENYATTA UNIVERSITY, Thailand
  • Dr. Mohd Salehuddin Mohd Zahari, University Teknologi Mara, Malaysia
  • Asst.Prof. Colin Chi Hang Law, Prince Of Songkla University, Thailand
  • Prof. Yingchuan Wang, City University Of Macau, China
  • Dr. Rangana Shalika, Sabaragamuwa University,Sri Lanka
  • Dr James Kennell, University Of Greenwich, England
  • Prof. Neil Carr, University Of Otago, New Zealand
  • Prof. Dr. Turgay Avci, Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Cyprus
  • Dr. Athula Gnanapala, Sabaragamuwa University,Sri Lanka
  • Prof. Wasantha Rathnayake, Sabaragamuwa University,Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Sebastian Filep, University Of Otago, New Zealand
  • Prof. Mohamed Aslam, Sabaragamuwa University,Sri Lanka
  • Dr Jithendran Kokkranikal, University Of Greenwich, England

PARTICIPANTS FROM MORE THAN 13 COUNTRIES

ICOHT 2018 consisted of over 38 participants from 13 countries around the world, including Sri Lanka, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, India, Germany, Aruba, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. Environmental activists, researchers, academicians, policy makers, industry experts and members from non-governmental organizations to share their diverse experiences, discuss, argue and ultimately to find solutions to the issues related to Hospitality and Tourism Management.

TECHNICAL SESSIONS

ICOHT 2018 comprised of Four (7) technical sessions including a poster session. The technical sessions were under the below themes.

  • Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism Sector Management
  • Innovative Practices in Hospitality
  • Special Interest Tourism and Special Events
  • Hospitality and Tourism Marketing, Planning and Development

WORKSHOP ON “INNOVATION IN HOTEL ADMINISTRATION

The Workshop session involved many interactive discussions, which covered various topics in relation to Hotel administration. The session was conducted by Dr. Chandi and Prof. Nigel Hemmington. Dr. Chandi stared his talk with his speech and he delivered his speech under the “Empathetic Leadership in Hospitality”. Then Prof Nigel delivered his speech under the “Innovative Best Practices in Global Hospitality Industry”. After those two speeches, other panelists were joined with the discussion and Sunil Dissanayake Chairman – SLITHM & CEO – BMICH, Roshan Fernando GM – Golden Crown Hotel, Samantha Ratnayake GM – Amaya Hills Hotel, Amal Nanayakkara Consultant – HR & Training and R. Mohanraja Food & Beverage Manager – Grand Kandyan Hotel were joined as the panel members for this workshop.

Special Features of ICOHT 18

MICE Forum

The MICE forum 2018 is organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management with the aim of developing the Sri Lankan MICE industry. The forum comprised of experts from the field who had made major contributions to the industry and shared their expertise to engage in discussions and had the questions of the audience answered. The forum was aligned to the 6th International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management (ICOHT 2018) and International Conference on Hotel Administration which was held in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

PUBLICATIONS

All accepted abstracts for 6th International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management 2018 will be published in the conference abstract book with an associated ISBN (ISBN 978-955-3605-09-2). All full papers will be reviewed through a double blind reviewing process and published electronically with an ISSN (2357-2612) number in the proceedings with a DOI Number (DOI prefix: 10.17501).

Current Issues in Tourism

Print ISSN : 1368-3500
Online ISSN : 1747-7603
Special Issue :
Editor in Chief/s : C. Michael Hall – University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Chris Cooper – Oxford Brookes University Business School, UK

Impact Factor : 2.451
Journal Link : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcit20/current
Indexed in : Thomson Reuters

PARTNERS

[ Hosting Partner ]


Taylor’s University Malaysia
QS WUR by Subject Ranking – #21 (Hospitality and Leisure Management)
QS Asian University Ranking

[ Academic Partner ]

 

National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, Japan

[ Academic Partner ]


Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria

[ Strategic Partner ]


SLCB
Sri Lanka Convention Bureau,
Sri Lanka

[ Industrial Partners ]


Kandy Hotels Association
Institute of Hospitality – Sri Lanka Chapter

[ Media Partner ]

[ Media Partner ]

[ Media Partner ]

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