Guest speakers



Prof. Marianna Sigala, PhD


Marianna Sigala, PhD, is Professor at the University of South Australia and Director of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management. Prior to her current position she has been an academic staff at the Universities of Strathclyde and Westminster in the UK, and the University of the Aegean (Greece). She also has professional hospitality industry experience. Her interests include service management, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in tourism and hospitality, and e-learning. She is a widely published and multi-awarded authority with a long record of leadership/participation in tourism research projects. She has published nine books and her work has also been published in several academic journals, books and international conferences. She is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Service Theory & Practice, the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the advisor editor of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Cases. She is a past President of EuroCHRIE and a past member of the executive board of CHRIE and IFITT. She currently serves at the executive boards of CAUTHE.  In 2016, she has been awarded the prestigious EuroCHRIE Presidents’ Award for her lifetime contributions and achievements to tourism and hospitality education.



Prof. Dimitri Ioannides, PhD


Dimitri Ioannides, PhD, is chaired professor of Human Geography at Mid-Sweden University where he has worked since 2008. Prior to this he worked at Missouri State University (1993-2008). He also had a temporary (part-time) appointment at the Centre for Regional and Tourism Research in Bornholm, Denmark (2003-2008). His PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development is from Rutgers University. He is primarily interested in the economic geography of tourism and tourism planning and sustainable development and he has publications relating to both topics. Much of his research over the years has focused on peripheral regions including islands, rural regions and polar areas. He currently sits on the board of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN) and he edits the book series “New Directions in Tourism Analysis” (Routledge). He also is on the editorial boards of several journals, including Tourism Geographies. He has received the Roy Wolfe award for service and research activities for the tourism specialty group of the American Association of Geographers.



 Jože Podgoršek, PhD


Jože Podgoršek, Phd, has been professionally active in economic sector since 1997, where he became well acquainted with vegetable production and the vegetable cultivation sector in Slovenia. Together with his colleagues, he developed the production of vegetables and introduced new technological solutions to Slovenian vegetable growing farms. From 2004 to 2018 he was employed at Grm Novo Mesto – Centre for Biotechnics and Tourism. He was head of the Grm Inter-Company Educational Centre, and the Grm Research and Development Institute where he served also as the first Dean with full powers until his appointment as State Secretary in September 2018. Between 2015 and 2018 he was appointed the first Food Supply Chain Relationships Ombudsman. His main tasks included monitoring actions by stakeholders in the food supply chain, raising awareness among purchasers of food in the food supply chain with regard to the legislative provisions and moral principles that apply to the purchase of food, raising awareness among producers and processors as intermediaries in the food supply. In September 2018 he was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food.

Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism in Vrnjačka Banja; Copyright 2016.;

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