Plenary Speakers

Tourism Naturally Conference 2018 is honored to have guest speakers from around the world presenting. Their insights will bring depth and substance to the relationship between tourism and nature, health, and well-being.


Welcome Remarks (to be announced soon)

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce two of our keynote speakers for the upcoming Tourism Naturally Conference. We are very excited that Prof. Dr. Sara Dolnicar, Australia and Prof. Dr. Alison Gill, Canada have accepted our invitation to inspire us with different insights into tourism development - from two different continents and two different perspectives.

Prof. Dr. Sara Dolnicar started her career in Austria and works now as a Research Professor in Tourism at the University of Queensland Business School. She is well-known for her work on improving market segmentation methodology and measurement in social science research. She is also passionate about developing approaches to trigger more environmentally friendly behavior in tourists and is fascinated by peer-to-peer accommodation networks and their effect on the tourism industry, real estate markets and society more broadly. To date, Sara has (co-)authored more than 300 refereed publications in a range of research areas, including tourism, marketing, environmental science, water research and social work. Sara’s research has been recognized by more than a dozen awards including the Travel and Tourism Research Association Distinguished Researcher Award and twice the Charles R. Goeldner Article of Excellence Award. Sara is an elected Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. Last but certainly not least, she has recently been appointed new Co-Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Tourism Research, effective 2018.


Prof. Dr. Alison Gill started her academic education in Great Britain and came for her master degree and later for her PhD to Canada. She is Professor Emeritus and member of the Centre for Tourism Policy and Research (CTPR) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Her core interests in tourism research are issues of growth and change associated with tourism destinations, especially in mountain regions. Recently she studied the evolution of destination governance from growth dependent models towards ones that embrace principles of sustainability. Alison served a term as the President of the Canadian Association of Geographers and sits on the Board of Governors of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS). She is a Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism as well as a Fellow of the RCGS and serves on the editorial boards of many important journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research and The Canadian Geographer.