Hannes Werthner Lifetime Achievement Award

The Hannes Werthner Tourism and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual from academia, industry or government who has made significant contributions to the advancement in the field of tourism and technology.

The award is named after Hannes Werthner, a pioneer in the eTourism field, founding the ENTER conference and IFITT in the 1990s. He contributed to the establishment of the field, both by scientific as well as entrepreneurial contributions.

Winner of 2011 award: Arno Ebner from Swarovski (previously Tiscover).

Arno Ebner, previously marketing director of the Tyrolean Tourist board, founded the at that time worldwide leading tourism and destination management system Tiscover in 1991. In addition, he pushed for an active collaboration between academic research and the industrial community.

Ikeri Starry Winner of 2012 award: Inkeri Starry from the Finish Tourist Board.

As a leading member of the Finnish Tourist Board, she was a first mover in the eTourism field already in the early nineties. She formulated and implemented many visionary eTourism strategies for tourism destinations.

Winner of 2013 award: professor Daniel R. Fesenmaier from Temple University.

For his scientific contributions in the field. He was active in establishing several research centers, identified and worked on several basic research issues and is one of the most cited academics in the field.

Pauline Sheldon Winner of 2014 award: professor Pauline Sheldon from the University of Hawaii.

With her book on eTourism already in the 1990s, she is one of the most outstanding first movers in the field. She showed and still shows leadership in numerous international tourism and eTourism related organizations.

Professor Josef A Mazanec  

Winner of 2014 award: professor Pauline Sheldon from the University of Hawaii.

With her book on eTourism already in the 1990s, she is one of the most outstanding first movers in the field. She showed and still shows leadership in numerous international tourism and eTourism related organizations.

 

Professor Gert van der Pijl  Winner of 2015 award: professor Gert van der Pijl, Erasmus University Rotterdam (in memoriam).

For his scientific contributions, providing always an alternative view – especially when including organizational and human factors into consideration. He acted as a PC member of the ENTER conferences since 1996, and he has been an initiator of the preconference PhD workshop.