The NeXt Research Centre in the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to sponsor and host an international conference on Tourism Entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier University on April 26-27th 2010.
This conference will explore a relatively new field in both tourism and entrepreneurship research: Tourism Entrepreneurship.
Tourism entrepreneurship research is multifaceted and involves the consideration of external factors, personal factors and interpersonal factors that provide challenges and opportunities for success.
We have attracted a wider range and number of international researchers to this conference with delegates coming from the following countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, France, USA, Philippines, Macao, New Zealand, South Africa and Kenya. The Canadian delegates are from Ontario and Alberta.
Papers are grouped under a number of themes:
· Firm performances
· External influences
· Rural entrepreneurship
· Nascent entrepreneurship and innovation
· Entrepreneur characteristics
Conference Keynote Speaker:
Alison Morrison, Professor at the University of Surrey
A distinguished scholar in the field of entrepreneurship, tourism and hospitality, Alison will lead into the conference with her opening presentation titled “Tourism Entrepreneurship: Worlds, Voices and Truths”.
Alison’s support for this conference indicates the timeliness and relevance of this conference activity. This is the first time a group of international researchers have come together to explore this topic.
22 papers have been accepted for presentation at the conference and suitable papers will be entered into review for the special issue in Journal of Tourism Hospitality Planning and Development. An edited book is also being considered, edited by Dr Barbara Carmichael, Director of NeXt and Dr Alison Morrison, University of Surrey.
Managing change: challenges for tourism entrepreneurs
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – breakfast session
As well as academic paper sessions, a tourism industry and breakfast panel session open to the community will be moderated by Bill Allen, President Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. The panel will include prominent tourism entrepreneurs: Mark Bingeman, General Manager Bingemans, Waterloo, Ontario and Rob Thorburn Sr, Chairman and Owner, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Collingwood, Ontario, Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director and Chief Entertainment Officer, Drayton Entertainment.
Post Conference Excursion to Niagara Falls and wineries
A post conference day tour to Niagara Falls and Niagara wineries is planned for April 28th 2010 at an additional cost of $50.
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ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST MAKE THEIR OWN ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $101.00 (Canadian) single or double occupancy (plus applicable taxes of 20per cent.) Please note that these rooms will be held until 25 March 2010. Reservation number 102412- Tourism Entrepreneurship , Conference NeXt)
Reservation requests received after this date cannot be guaranteed for room availability or rate.
Comfort Inn Waterloo
109 Weber Street North
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Telephone: (519) 747-9400
Fax: (519) 747-2134
Transfers to/from the airport need to be arranged as Waterloo is about one hour from Pearson International Airport. You can book transfers online to/from Pearson International Airport at www.airwaystransit.com.
Please let us know if you plan on attending the following social events. Please also indicate if your applicable guest will be attending as well.
Sunday, April 25, 2010 – Welcome Reception Wine & Cheese (6:30 – 8:00pm)
Monday, April, 26, 2010 – Conference Dinner
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – Dinner at local restaurant (attendees to cover this expense)
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - Niagara Region Excursion $50 (includes transportation)
Please let us know if you have any special requirements concerning accessibility, diet or other.