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Creativity and Innovation Wins Dubai the Hosting rights to TTRA Asia Pacific Chapter Conference 2016


Following its highly successful conference at Meiji University in Tokyo last week, the Asia Pacific Chapter of the Travel and Tourism Research Association today announced that Middlesex University Dubai would be the hosts for the 2016 Chapter Conference.

“The Dubai bid was extremely professional and gave the Chapter Board enormous confidence that Dubai can build on the success we’ve had in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Tokyo” said APAC Chapter President Carolyn Childs. “Furthermore, its position as a global hub means that we can be confident that every delegate will be able to access the conference. We saw a 50% increase in delegates at the Tokyo Conference and can now expect to maintain this stellar growth rate.”

The conference will take place on 3-5 December 2016 and will seek to unite the tourism research agenda with Dubai’s strategic focus on creativity and innovation under the title “Pushing the boundaries: Driving tourism innovation & creativity through research”.  Themes and streams under consideration include sustainability, resilience and glocalism. 2016 Host, Dr. Cody Morris Paris of Middlesex University Dubai also noted that “the timing alongside the 45th National Day of the United Arab Emirates will enable delegates to come early and experience this dynamic destination”.

The call for papers will come out in the first quarter of 2016. You don’t have to be a TTRA ( member to speak at the conference but incentive packages will be available to encourage you to join us as a new member.  Outgoing Chapter President Sue Beeton, who has managed the membership element for the Chapter noted, that “we saw an increase in membership among delegates who attended the conference as they understood the value of tapping into this amazing community whose shared passion for evidence-based decision-making in tourism transcends the boundaries between academia, commercial research and practitioners.”

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