Our two keynotes are giants in their fields – one in tourism economics and social enterprise, while the other has an environmental/climate change background, an area that affects tourism deeply. They are world leaders, and we are thrilled that they are joining us for the TTRA conference in 2019. Both will be involved in panel/conversation sessions as well as presenting their Keynote addresses.
Professor Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, he has published more than 140 scientific papers and written many books, including his bestseller on global warming, The Weather Makers: the History and Future Impact of Climate Change and his most recent publication, Sunlight and Seaweed.
David Attenborough has described Tim as being in the league of the world’s great explorers, whose field research has brought him into contact with not only the natural environment, but also many of the indigenous communities that remain an important tourism resource. Many of these communities now rely on tourism, yet even this livelihood is threatened by the results of climate change.
He spent a year as Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, and in 2002 became the first environmentalist to deliver The Australia Day address to the nation. In 2005 he was honoured as Australian Humanist of the Year and, in 2007, was named Australian of the Year.
In 2006 Tim Co-Founded the Copenhagen Climate Council, and chaired the organisation until 2010, advising governments and businesses on environmental policy. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of scientists, became Australia’s first chief climate commissioner in 2011 and in 2013 founded the Climate Council to continue communicating authoritative climate change information to the Australian public.
A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, Tim has also hosted numerous documentary series, where he presents us with important environmental issues. Due to the places he visits, many are virtual travelogues for the curious, conscious traveller and explorer. This includes his journeys with comedian John Doyle, Two Men in a Tinnie, Two in the Top End, Two on the Great Divide and Two Men in China along with contributing to the Foxtel series, Coast Australia. Tim brings his extensive scientific knowledge along with his love of the history of exploration and discovery to audiences around the world.
Join us at the 2019 TTRA International Conference in Melbourne while Tim questions how we can navigate the shifting sands of climate change in relation to tourism in the Pacific region and beyond, and the path that travel research can take.
TTRA Lifetime Achievement winner, Professor Emerita at the University of Hawaii’s School of Travel Industry Management where she also served as Interim Dean for four years.
Her research covers sustainable tourism, information technology, wellness tourism, corporate social responsibility, and knowledge management in tourism. She has published over seventy journal articles and seven books, and most recently is co-author of the book “Social Entrepreneurship and Tourism: Philosophy and Practice” published by Springer. Together with Daniel Fesenmaier she is co-editor of a Springer book series entitled “Tourism on the Verge” which publishes volumes on the cutting edge of tourism.
She co-founded and co-directed the Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI) with Dr. Daniel Fesenmaier – a network focusing on future issues in tourism education. She chaired the BEST Education Network – an international consortium of educators committed to the development and dissemination of knowledge on sustainable tourism and currently serves on its international advisory board. She also co-founded TRINET (Tourism Research Information Network) which is an international tourism researchers’ electronic bulletin board with over 3,000 subscribers worldwide.
She has worked extensively at the international level with organizations such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization, APEC International Center for Sustainable Tourism, and the World Bank, and at the local level as a Board member of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Pauline served as the first woman President and also Chair of the Board of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. In 2008 she was awarded the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ulysses prize for her contributions to knowledge in sustainable tourism. She also received the Hannes Werthner Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of Tourism Information Technology in 2014.
Pauline will be speaking at the 2019 TTRA International Conference in Melbourne on the shifting sands of tourism’s role in today’s society, asking how it can be used for the ‘greater good’ in these uncertain times.