Hangouts on Air

Throughout the year leading up to ENTER2017 conference, IFITT will host a series of discussions with experts from academia, industry, and/or destinations on various hot topics in ICT and tourism. They will be organized bimonthly and will be broadcasted live on IFITT’s Google+ and YouTube Channels.

IFITT Hangouts archive

The first IFITT hangout on air was held with Dan Fesenmaier (University of Florida) and Phil Xiang (Virgina Tech) on April 11, 2014. Iis Tussyadiah, IFITT Vice president and the initiator of the idea, moderated the talk on big data and analytics in tourism research.

Second IFITTs’ hangout was held on June 9, 2014 with Ulrike Gretzel (University of Queensland) and Dr. Chulmo Koo (Kyung Hee University). The topic of the discussion – “Smart tourism“. Iis Tussyadiah moderated the talk.

IFITT third Hangout was held on 26, September 2014 for the celebration of World Tourism Day with Lorenzo Cantoni (IFITT), Aurkene Alzua (Overall Chair of ENTER2015 Conference) and Vitor Pereira (Smart Travel 2014). The topic of discussion: recent development in tourism and other hot topics. Iis Tussyadiah moderated the talk.

The fourth IFITT hangout an air happened on November 13, 2014 with Deana Gao (China Gravy) and Bing Pan (College of Charleston).  The hangout was dedicated to the discussion of the landscape of social media in China, including trends and insights for tourism marketing. The discussion was moderated by Iis Tussyadiah (WSU Vancouver).

The fifth IFITT hangout on air happened on April 14, 2015 with Jamie Murphy (Australian School of Management) and J.Bruce Tracey (Cornell University). The hangout was dedicated to the discussion of how MOOCs will revolutionize tourism and hospitality education and impact our research. The discussion was moderated by Nadzeya Kalbaska (Universita’ della Svizzera italiana).

IFITT’s sixth Hangout on Air took place on May 19th, 2015. This hangout discusses the success story of the International Student Conference in Tourism Research (ISCONTOUR) by showcasing high quality research conducted by students and graduates. Professors Roman Egger (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences) and Christian Maurer (Krems Universiy of Applied Sciences) are featured in this discussion, which was moderated by Iis Tussyadiah.

IFITT’s seventh hangout on air was held on August 13, 2015, at 7.15 pm ECT. The topic of the discussion was “Sharing Economy“. A discussion on the sharing economy in tourism and get how it will transform travel and tourism was made from our panel, which was Dzmitry Bazkho (Airbnb), Courtney Ries (Travel Portland), Dianne Dredge (Aalborg University) and Szilvia Gyimothy (Aalborg University). Iis Tussyadiah, IFITT Vice president was the moderator of the talk.

IFITT’s Eighth Hangout on air was held on November 25, 2015. The topic of the discussion was about augmented reality (AR). In particular Timothy Jung (Director of the Creative Augmented Reality Hub in the department of Food and Tourism Management at Manchester Metropolitan University) and Alex Gibson (Assistant Head of the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology) will talk about the state of the art of AR, expectations regarding AR in terms of developments and applications in tourism, impacts for tourists, attractions, destinations.

IFITT’s Ninth Hangout on air was held on April 12, 2016. The topic of the discussion was “Big Data & Business Intelligence in Travel & Tourism”. The participants were Matthias Fuchs (Professor of Tourism Management & Economics at Mid Sweden University), Wolfram Höpken (Professor of Business Informatics and E-Business at University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten), Rodolfo Baggio (Professor of Computer Science at the Bocconi University), and Zheng Xiang (Assistant Professor at the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, USA).

IFITT’s Tenth Hangout on air was held on May 9, 2016. The topic of the presentation was the winner of the IFITT Innovation Fund 2016, the IFITT RAPORT project: Rapid App Prototyping and Open Innovation Resource Toolkit. The participants were Lorenzo Cantoni (IFITT Presindent) and John Bustard (Doctoral Researcher & Tutor from Ulster University). The project aims at supporting IFITT members who wish to use mobile apps within their research or for IFITT educators to provide “innovation workshops” around app development.

IFITT’s Eleventh Hangout on air was held on September 13, 2017. The topic of the presentation was the Technological gap between customers and Industry in Latin America. The participants were Karla Carrasco (CEO Cet Turismo/Fedetour), Noel Nuez (Sales Manager Latam Twitter), Claudia Tellez (Country Manager Colombia, Chile, Peru Kayak), Carrie Wilder (Director Market Management South America Expedia) and Moderator: Brigitte Stangl, responsible for the IFITTtalk initiative (University of Surrey, SHTM).