In reviewing the list of ICHRIE conferences for 2017, there are many opportunities for ICHRIE members to meet, to network and to present. Hopefully, many were able to attend the recent West Federation conference that was held February 10-11 at San Diego State University. I know that Federation President Michael Wray led a team of hard-working members to provide a great experience in San Diego.
There are still many other opportunities to attend one of the following upcoming CHRIE conferences and I hope you will mark your calendar to attend as many as time, travel and resources will allow:
2nd Annual Central Federation CHRIE Regional Conference
Dates: March 3 and 4, 2017
Location: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma USA
SECSA Federation 2017 Conference
Dates: March 9-10, 2017
Location: Florida International University, Miami, Florida USA
NENA Federation CONFERENCE 2017
Date: March 31 - April 2, 2017
Location: Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
2017 Annual ICHRIE Summer Conference
Dates: 26-28 July 2017 | Location: Baltimore, Maryland USA
Theme: “B’more, Learn more, Do more in Hospitality & Tourism Education”
2017 APacCHRIE Federation Conference (15th Annual)
Dates: May 31st to June 2nd, 2017
Location: STPBI University and Sofitel Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Theme: “Reflection on Future of Hospitality and Tourism: Opportunities & Challenges”
2017 EuroCHRIE Federation Conference
Dates: 23-26 October 2017 | Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Each of these conferences reflects the dynamic forces of change at work in hospitality and tourism education including globalization, socio-economic change, technology, education, emerging markets and sustainability. CHRIE conferences provide global networking opportunities for hospitality and tourism educators to come together and helps to bring out the best in each of us by elevating our industry to new levels of excellence.
If you have some extra days available, take some vacation days and kill two birds with one stone. Go a few days early before the conference, or stay a few days later and enjoy a vacation with your family. If you take a trip every year anyway, now is a great time to combine it with a few days of “work” at one of the CHRIE conferences. The Wall Street Journal has coined the term “workcation” for this and as you can see from the list of available locations for the upcoming CHRIE conferences, there are some awesome locations to choose from—not to mention the exciting events planned during each of them.
I always look forward to going to CHRIE conferences because it’s the only time I get a chance to see and spend face-to-face time with many of the ICHRIE members. It’s always a time that involves a lot of celebrating and this year will be no exception. I hope to see you at one or all of these upcoming CHRIE conferences!