"Keynote Speaker"

Sascha Spiegel

Sascha Spiegel

Sascha Spiegel is a Swiss citizen and has his background in the higher hospitality industry. After having completed his F&B service apprentice at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, he gained valuable F&B experiences on the MV Astoria cruise liner or in up-scale hotels in Switzerland like the Sheraton Waldhuus Davos, Castello del Sole Ascona, Le […]


Dr Cathy Matheson

Dr Cathy Matheson is a Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University. She teaches and researches in the area of events management. Her research interests lie within event regeneration, festival motivation, satisfaction and quality. Her published work has centred on authenticity and music festivals, the evolution of festivals, festival consumer motivations as well as events and […]


Thijs Glaap

Thijs Glaap is a hospitality training manager in Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland, specialising in research methods. Having graduated with a Bachelors’ in Hotel and Event management, as well as an MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management, his work experience range from the field of events, revenue management to sales and marketing in various […]


Dr Harriet Purkis

Dr Harriet Purkis is Lecturer in Event and Leisure Management in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ulster University. She teaches on the undergraduate programmes and supervises MSc students. She is currently the ERASMUS coordinator for the Department. Harriet is a graduate of the University of Leicester where she completed a B.A. (Hons) in Economics and […]


Professor Stephen W. Boyd

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ulster Business School University of Ulster Stephen Boyd is Professor of Tourism at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, UK, where he was appointed to the chair of tourism in 2004. Prior to that he taught at Otago University in New Zealand, Staffordshire University in England and the University of […]

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Dr Nadzeya Kalbaska

Nadzeya Kalbaska, PhD, is a lecturer and a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, University of Lugano, Switzerland). Her research focus is on Human Resource Management and eLearning application in the hospitality and tourism industry. Nadzeya manages various applied research projects at the webatelier.net laboratory. She […]

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Dr Peter Bolan

Peter is a Senior Lecturer and Director of International Travel and Tourism Management in the Ulster Business School at Ulster University. His research interests and consultancy specialisms include golf tourism, film tourism and digital tourism, all of which he has published numerous articles and book chapters on. With regard to golf Peter has been researching […]