Delegates from all over the world congregated in Sydney last week for the annual Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) conference, hosted by BMIHMS at Torrens University.
BMIHMS was the first ever private higher education provider to individually host the world renowned event, which this year focused on the theme The Changing Landscape: The Impact of Emerging Markets and Destinations.
Following an introduction from Linda Brown, CEO of Laureate Australia and President of BMIHMS at Torrens University, NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Major Events, the Hon Mr. Stuart Ayres, officially opened the conference on Tuesday 9 February, setting the scene for a series of engaging discussions to follow.
Ms. Tammy Marshall, Chief Operating Officer at TFE Hotels, provided insights into the changing landscape of the tourism industry during her keynote speech on day one.
The second keynote, presented by Professor Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University and Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism, explored the environmental impacts of tourism and how to ensure a sustainable future.
Mr. Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer for Accor Pacific, delivered the third keynote speech on the future for Accor and and the brand facilitates academic collaborations.
Engaging panel discussions were also hosted, covering the impacts of emerging tourism markets and destinations. Topics raised included tourism trends; impacts of digital technology on tourism and factors influencing travel and tourism education to name just a few, with case studies and research findings presented by academics from all around the world.
A ‘great debate’ on Australasian Tourism: Landscapes Changing for the Better wrapped up the three-day conference, while a gala dinner and awards ceremony was held on Thursday 11 February, bringing the successful event to a conclusion.
BMIHMS at Torrens University Dean of Hospitality, Dr Scott Richardson, said the team was thrilled have hosted this year’s conference.
“Each year, CAUTHE presents a wonderful opportunity for experienced professionals to unite, share ideas and engage in meaningful conversation on a wide range of topics.
“It was a huge honour to host such a significant global event and to have some of the world’s most brilliant minds join us for some wonderful discussions and debates last week,” he said.
CAUTHE Chair, Ms Judith Mair, said of the event:
“The CAUTHE Executive Committee would like to extend our thanks to Dr Scott and the team at BMIHMS for hosting such an excellent conference. Delegates enjoyed every aspect of the conference, but were especially impressed by the range and quality of the keynote speakers and the panellists, and by the venues chosen for the social functions. It was a great success.”