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TTRA APac Chapter Conference 2021

December 6, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - December 7, 2021 @ 12:00 am EST

Positioning Travel and Tourism Research for the ‘New Normal’


Since our last ‘virtual’ Chapter conference at the end of 2020, we have continued to witness unprecedented developments in the travel and tourism industry. Nevertheless, with increasing levels of vaccination, we are primed for the opening-up of some international borders – although the ‘when’ and ‘how’ remain unclear throughout the Asia Pacific.


Embracing this uncertainty, the 2021 conference will take place over a half day using a hybrid model, with some delegates attending face-to-face and others participating online. The conference will be hosted by the University of Sunshine Coast at its
Moreton Bay campus on 7 December.


The conference will hear from academics, industry practitioners and end-users of travel and tourism research on how research
can best support the ‘new normal’ in the light of emerging developments in our region.


The proposed conference program is as follows:


Agenda (QLD time) Tuesday 7 December USC Moreton Bay:

1100-1200: TTRA Annual General Meeting.

1200-1300: Virtual lunch catch up + TTRA APac member networking.

1300-1315: Opening address – Dr Jeff Dalley (President, Travel and Tourism Research Association Asia Pacific Chapter)
Dr Aaron Tham, Conference Chair and Program Coordinator for Tourism, Leisure and Events @ USC.

1315-1400: Panel discussion of the role of research in navigating the ‘new normal’ landscape in tourism and hospitality
– Kylee Wills (Everafter Weddings and Events) – Robert Friedler (River to Bay) – Sonia Schweitzer (Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co.) Questions & Answers.

1400-1430: Roundtable discussion among audience members of how to position travel and tourism research for the ‘new normal’.

1430-1500: Soft launch of the Indigenous food cultures digital map and presentations from operators. 
Concluding comments – Ms Carolyn Childs (Public Officer, Travel and Tourism Research Association Asia Pacific Chapter).


The conference is FREE  to join. Please register in advance for this meeting.


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December 6, 2021 @ 8:00 pm EST
December 7, 2021 @ 12:00 am EST
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