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01 Feb 2012

Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development to address IHIF Delegates


The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) is delighted to present Professor Ian Goldin of Oxford University. Professor Goldin will examine the major factors that will impact the travel and tourism industry over the coming decades. He will show how the intersection of demographic, economic, social and technological change will impact on travel and investment.

Professor Goldin’s enlightening session will be chaired by David Scowsill, President & CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC are long standing supporters of the IHIF. Speaking on the session, David Scowsill, said: “This is a dynamic industry, operating in some turbulent times. We will examine the prospects for the travel and tourism sector, understanding the key drivers that will shape the future”

Professor Goldin will consider the challenges posed by technological change as well as the risks of climate change, pandemics and cybercrime. The focus of the session will be the factors which are likely to shape our future.

The thought provoking session will conclude with a question and answer section with Professor Goldin lead by David Scowsill. Questions from the audience will be invited.

Looking towards the session, Professor Goldin commented: “There will be fundamental changes in the drivers of investment in hotels and in travel and tourism in the coming decades.  I look forward to discussing these with key players at the IHIF in Berlin”

Professor Ian Goldin and David Scowsill’s session will take place on Monday 5th March from 14.45 – 16.00. Further information on this and all other sessions during the conference can be found by clicking here:

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