Confirmed Keynotes

Professor Betty Weiler (Southern Cross University)

Professor Betty Weiler Betty Weiler is a Research Professor in the School of Tourism & Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University Australia. Her 30 years of tourism research, education & training and consultancy work have spanned several continents, mainly working with colleagues and in-country managers, tourism operators and trainers in Australia, North America, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Her 150+ publications in international tourism research journals and other scholarly outlets have centred on the tourist experience, particularly the role of the tour guide and heritage/nature interpretation, including several projects on the inbound China market. Much of Betty's work has been in partnership with protected areas and wildlife and heritage attractions, with her most recent work focusing on managing visitors and influencing their on-site and post-visit behaviour. Many outputs from Betty's research including training packages, manuals, and tool kits continue to be used by and/or inform tourism practice, particularly in the areas of interpretation and tour guiding. Finally, Betty is a multi-award winning PhD supervisor, an editorial board member of six international tourism journals, and co-author of the first scholarly monograph on tour guiding.


Professor John Tribe (University of Surrey)

Professor John Tribe John Tribe is Professor of Tourism at the University of Surrey, UK. His undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies were all undertaken at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, Fellow of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education and Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. His research concentrates on sustainability, epistemology and education and he has authored books on strategy, philosophy, economics, education and environmental management in tourism. He was the specialist advisor for tourism for the UK government's 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and is a panel member for the assessment of tourism research for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). He is editor of Annals of Tourism Research and The Journal of Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism Education (JOHLSTE).


Martin Winter (Chief Executive Officer, Gold Coast Tourism)

Martin Winter Martin has an extensive background in international tourism and education holding senior executive positions in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Since 2008 he has been Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, a private sector marketing company that incorporates the Gold Coast Convention Bureau and attracts 12 million visitors to the destination annually. For the past four years he has been a director of ICCA, including Asia/Pacific Chairman until 2013.

Prior to his current appointment he was Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Convention & Tourism Authority for eight years, and before this, International Vice President Marketing with Le Cordon Blue, the world's largest hospitality, culinary arts and gastronomy education institution based in Paris.

Martin is a former visiting professor in the Centro de Excelência em Turismo, Universidad de Brasilia, and amongst numerous other offices has been Chairman of the Adelaide Institute of TAFE Council, President of the Australian Association of Convention Bureaus, Chairman of the Regional Tourism Boards of both South Australia and Queensland, and was the inaugural Chairman of Conventions Australia. His first industry position was as a European tour guide, and like many others, spent his early career teaching at TAFE.

Martin holds a BA (Hons) and Masters degree in Management. In 2011 he was honored by Southern Cross University as Alumnus of the Year and in recognition of his work in the global meetings industry, was inducted into the IMEX Academy in Frankfurt in 2014.