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CQUniversity hosts national tourism conference in Cairns

Published: 14 January 2019

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis presenting at the 2019 CAUTHE conference in Cairns.
Professor Dimitrios Buhalis presenting at the 2019 CAUTHE conference in Cairns.

CQUniversity Australia has played host to the 29th annual, 2019 Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) conference, running from February 11-14.

Held at the Pullman Cairns International, this year’s conference theme was: Sustainability of Tourism, Hospitality and Events in a Disruptive Digital Age.

The event kicked-off with a workshop on Monday, 11 February before Day 1 of the conference was officially opened by CQUni Chancellor John Abbott on Tuesday, 12 February.

Conference Organising Committee Chair, CQUniversity Professor of Tourism Bruce Prideaux, said the CAUTHE conference featured a number of keynote speakers including CEO Tourism Tropical North Queensland Pip Close, Professor of Development Studies at Massey University and co-director of the Pacific Research and Policy Centre, Professor Regina Scheyvens and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at Sunway University in Malaysia, Professor Perry Hobson to name a few.

“The CAUTHE conference provided an opportunity for academics, students and industry who are interested in hospitality, tourism and events education and research,” Professor Prideaux said.

The event also included a public lecture on the digital revolution.

“Global leader in academic research Professor Dimitrios Buhalis presented an interactive free public lecture titled ‘Smart Tourism and Hospitality towards 2030’. His talk looked at the changes that are expected to occur in the next decade and offered ideas on how tourism businesses could prepare and profit from these changes.

“The digital revolution has revolutionised many areas of the tourism industry. More changes are on the way in the near future. Businesses that fail to keep up with these changes will miss the benefits that can be derived from timely adaption to new digitally driven business models.”