The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the Keynote Speaker for the Opening Session of the VI CHAM Conference will be Professor Mike Robinson, Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham/Ironbridge Institute and Professor of Cultural Heritage at Nottingham Trent University.
For more than twenty years Professor Mike Robinson´s work has focused on the inter-relationships between tourism, heritage and culture. Through a highly international and interdisciplinary work, he is the founder of the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, the founder and editor of the Routledge published Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change and the Channel View book series on Tourism and Cultural Change, now with over thirty titles. He has worked with UNESCO to produce a major report on Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development and was commissioned to write on tourism and representation for the 2009 UNESCO World Diversity Report. He is also a long-standing member of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Tourism, Culture and Development, coordinated by Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has also worked with UNESCO Offices in Bangkok and Beijing as well as with several WH sites in ODA countries.