New President and Board Elected to Lead IFITT and ENTER2021 eTourism Conference in China
- February 10th, 2020
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During the Enter2020 eTourism Conference held from January 7-10, 2020 in Guilford, UK, Zheng Xiang of Virginia Tech, USA was elected President of the International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) to succeed Iis Tussyadiah of University of Surrey, UK. Xiang will serve his first term as President for two years with the option to run for re-election for a second term. Based on the result of votes from attending IFITT members, six new members were elected to the board. In addition, five more members were co-opted into the board at the first board meeting held on February 6, 2020. As President, Xiang will oversee the effort on creating a sustainable business model for IFITT as well as developing strategic partnerships with eTourism-related entities and communities around the world. Cihan Cobanoglu, Vice President, and Hanqin Qui, new board member from Nankai University, China, will serve as overall co-chairs for the ENTER2021 eTourism Conference, which will be held in January in Tianjin, China. Members of the new IFITT board with their affiliations and responsibilities are listed here: https://www.ifitt.org/meet-ifitt/board-and-president/
IFITT will continue to serve as the leading independent global community for the discussion, exchange and development of knowledge about the use and impact of new information and communication technologies (ICT) in the travel and tourism industry and experience. The new board will cooperate with various organizations and communities to share knowledge, experience, and a true passion for ICT in travel and tourism. IFITT will strive to stay relevant by creating values for its community and for society at large and, in the meantime, by ensuring scientific excellence.
The new IFITT board will lead its emblematic annual event ENTER2021, which will be hosted by Nankai University, China, with the goal to facilitate new conversations between IFITT and communities in Asia and beyond, as well as to build a broader global network for eTourism researchers, educators, and industry professionals. As the first ENTER conference held outside Europe in nearly 20 years, the upcoming ENTER [email protected] eTourism Conference will offer many exciting opportunities for knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration.
We look forward to seeing many of you at [email protected]!