2016 Annual Conference

7th – 9th-December 2016 at Cardiff Metropolitan University

‘Demonstrating Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Tourism’






Wednesday 7th December 2016

6.00pm Depart hotel* for Principality Stadium (on foot)
*Delegates are requested to meet at the hotel lobby
6.30-7.45pm Principality Stadium*Tour & “Do stadiums matter for regional economic development?” Professor Max Munday, Director of Welsh Economy Research Unit, Cardiff University
*Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff Entrance:Gate 3
7.45pm Disperse

Thursday 8th December 2016

8.30am Coaches depart from the Park Inn
9.00am Registration
9.20am Conference opens – Karen Soulby, Chair ATHE
Welcome: Professor Cara Carmichael Aitchison, President & Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
9.40am  Keynote speakerKen Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure
9.50am Tea and Coffee
10.15am Parallel Session 1 Room: 02.31
PhD Colloquium Room: Hospitality Suite 
12.20pm Lunch at Hospitality Suite
  ATHE Student Award Presentation: Karen Soulby
Family Holiday Association PhD Colloquium Award Presentation: John Kinnear, Programme Manager
1.45pm Keynote Debate: Views of the Tourism in HE landscape post the EU referendum’
Chair: Professor David Airey
Research and Associated Funding: Professor David Botterill
International Collaboration: Professor Gang Li, University of Surrey
Research Student Experience: Kasha Minor, PhD student, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Freedom of Movement (staff and students):Michael Rosier, Associate Dean (International) University of Hertfordshire
3.15pm Tea and coffee
3.20pm Paper Session 2 Room: Hospitality Suite
4.20pm ATHE Annual General Meetingall members welcome
4.55pm Board coaches back to the Park Inn
6.10pm Depart on coach from the Park Inn to Cardiff Castle
(Guided tours start at 6.30pm in the Castle grounds)
7.00pm Drinks reception in the Undercroft at Cardiff Castle
8.00pm Conference Dinner* in the Undercroft at Cardiff Castle

*No transport is arranged for the return journey to the Park Inn.  Delegates are free to make their own arrangements post-Dinner


Friday 9th December 2016

8.20am Coaches depart from the Park Inn (Please remember to check out and bring your luggage if you are not returning to the hotel)
8.50am Registration with tea and coffee
9.00am Parallel Session 3: Parallel Sessions
Room: 02.31
Room: 03.18
10.00am Making the Case for Tourism in Higher Education  Award Presentations
Room: Hospitality Suite
Hayley Beer-Gamage, Tourism Society
Karen Soulby, Chair, ATHE
Vicki Wolf, ABTA
10.40am ‘Can we teach excellence and innovation in tourism leadership?’
Panel of speakers and questions from the floor:
Chair: Professor Robert Maitland
, University of Westminster
Dr Manon Antoniazzi, Director, Culture, Sport and Tourism, Welsh Government
Dr Nicola Bolton, Principal Lecturer, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Sean Taggart, Chairman, The Albatross Group
Giuseppe Tedesco, MSc student, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Professor Andrew Thomas, Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Production Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Helen Tustin
, Regal Travel and ABTA Welsh Regional Chair
12.00pm Closing remarks
12.15pm Lunch and departure*

*No transport is arranged for departure from campus.  Delegates are free to make their own travel arrangements.


2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors



Conference Paper: 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE CFP 12 September 2016

PhD Colloquium: 2016 ATHECFP-PhD Colloquium 12 September 2016



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