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Keynote Speakers


Title: Innovative Technologies in Travel and Tourism - Towards a More Balanced Triple Bottom Line 
Date: Saturday June 23, 2007

DR. IVO MARTINAC Ivo Martinac is Head of the Div. Sustainable Building Systems at the School of Energy and Environmental Management, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. He researches in the domains of energy efficiency and conservation in buildings, renewable energy systems for the built environment, sustainable building and infrastructure design. His key focus lies on applications in tourism facilities/destinations within the broader context of sustainable tourism development. One of his major current projects is developing a platform for a Center of Environmental Leadership in Tourism at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Previously, Ivo Martinac served as the Director of Environmental Sustainability in Tourism Program at the School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawai'i and as the CEO of the KTH International Education and Management AB, a company owned by the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Furthermore, he has been a guest professor at various universities in China as well as a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Tourism, Innovation and Culture at the University of Southern Denmark. Since 2005, Ivo Martinac has been serving on the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui Community College, University of Hawai'i and has been the Chairman of BEST EN's Networking Committee.

This also explains why SWB measurement is such an important diagnostic tool. SWB data that lie below the normal range reveal homeostatic failure, which is associated with a felt loss of positive affect and a high probability of depression. Consequently, the measurement of SWB within host populations will allow the detection of clinically important change, either positive or negative, as a consequence of tourism activity.


Title: Web 2.0, Tourist Activated Networks and Sustainability in Destination Management 
Date: Friday June 22, 2007

DR. DANIEL R. FESENMAIER Daniel Fesenmaier is Director of the National Laboratory for Tourism & eCommerce and Program Director, Tourism and Hospitality Management Program, Temple University. As Director of the National Laboratory for Tourism & eCommerce, Dr. Fesenmaier is responsible for directing travel and tourism projects providing research and development services to national, state, region and local tourism organizations. He is also Professor, Dept. of Management Information Systems, a Cochran Fellow and a member of the Research Round Table in the Fox School of Business. Dr. Fesenmaier received his Ph. D. in geography from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He has taught at the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M University, Indiana University and the University of Illinois before coming to Temple University./p>

Dr. Fesenmaier has conducted many research projects related to tourism marketing and is author of over 200 articles dealing with tourism marketing and the development of marketing information systems. He has co-authored a monograph titled Assessing and Developing Tourism Resources, co-edited 7 books, is co-founding editor of Tourism Analysis and Associate Editor of the Journal of Information Technology and Tourism.


Title: The New World of Travel 2.0: Applications of Social Software in the Travel and Tourism Industry, and in Teaching a Sustainable Tourism Course 
Date: Sunday June 24, 2007

DR. ALAN A. LEW Alan A. Lew is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation at Northern Arizona University where he teaches courses in geography, urban planning and tourism development. His research interests focus on tourism in Asia, particularly China and Southeast Asia, tourism in the American West, and emerging online technologies for tourism and tourism education. He has authored over 60 articles and book chapters and has published several books, including Tourism in China (1995 and 2003), Sustainable Tourism: A Geographical Perspective (1998), Tourism and Gaming on American Indian Lands (1998), Companion to Tourism (2004), and Seductions of Place (2005). Professor Lew is the editor-in-chief of the journal Tourism Geographies, and serves as the webmaster for the tourism groups of the International Geographical Union and the Association of American Geographers. He is also the host of the Geography for Travelers podcast and the weekly Travelography: World Travel News podcast. Several of Alan Lew's classes and publications can be found at