I hope that those of you who attended the 2013 EuroCHRIE Freiburg Conference have had the opportunity to reflect on this excellent conference and have had time to read the conference papers. I already know that 100% of the participants enjoyed the warm welcome of Robert and Antoinette Wetterauer, the efficiency of their staff and the enthusiasm and professionalism of their students. I need not even mention the beauties of the City of Freiburg, the Black Forest region of Germany nor the fun at the Beer Festival! For those who were not able to attend Freiburg I hope that you have viewed the pictures on http://www.eurochrie.org/conferences/freiburg.
Diversity is a pillar of our Association and one of my priorities for my Presidency is to increase the participation of African and Middle East institutions in our EuroCHRIE Federation.
Dubai is a major city in the Middle East for Hospitality and Tourism and because the city is at a reasonable distance from the African continent, it makes sense for the 32nd EuroCHRIE Conference (6-9 October) to be hosted by the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.
As Dubai is often referred to as “The City of The Future”, the aim of the Conference is to:
- Reflect on how the world of Hospitality and Tourism has changed;
- Scientifically consider what the future challenges and opportunities for the industry are;
- Consider how these changes need to be reflected in Hospitality and Tourism education.
I trust that you will all spread the word about the forthcoming EuroCHRIE Dubai 2014 conference, it should be a very special conference and we really hope to attract delegates from all over the world. Please go to http://www.eurochrie.org/conferences/ for further details.
The call for papers is currently in place http://www.emiratesacademy.edu/en/EuroCHRIE_2014/Call-for-Papers/. Please submit your conference paper or poster presentation by 3rd March 2014 via the EasyChair website https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eurochriedubai2014. If you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To foster the participation in EuroCHRIE of new members from emergent nations we also set very special rates that you can check at http://www.eurochrie.org/news/2012/february/24/emerging-nations-pilot-program/
Finally to encourage widening participation from Africa we have planned a Hospitality & Tourism Educators in Africa Forum during Dubai conference and have also planned to appoint 4 area consultants to represent the African continent. We have already welcomed a colleague from Nigeria and another one from Morocco. We are now looking for an area consultant from Eastern Africa and another one from Southern Africa.
I will be in San Diego this summer and hope to see you there all, for now I send you my best wishes for a Happy New Year and encourage you to renew your membership of this great organisation.