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Keynote Speakers


Dr Martin Lohmann is a professor for consumer behavior and tourism with Leuphana University of Lueneburg (Germany), and managing director of the NIT, Institute for Tourism and Recreational Research in Northern Europe, Kiel, Germany ( He teaches in the MSc Tourism Management program at Modul University, Vienna (Austria), and MCI, Innsbruck (Austria), and in the CAS TOUR at Bern University (Switzerland). The main area of Martin Lohmann’s work is in consumer behavior in tourism. One of his most prominent applied research projects is an annual survey on the travel behavior and travel related attitudes and preferences of German tourists (“Travel analysis”; measuring the German tourism demand since 1970. His specific focus is on psychological effects of holiday travel.


Dr Rachel Dodds is passionate about change and making tourism more sustainable. She is a professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as well as the current Director of the school’s Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Research. Rachel is also the Owner/Director of Sustaining Tourism, a boutique consultancy. Through these roles, her aim is to influence the way all stakeholders think about the impacts of tourism in order to plan and manage more sustainably. She has published widely on sustainable tourism, CSR, destination development, green festivals, consumer behaviour and islands. Rachel has lived and worked on four continents and travelled to over 80 countries.