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Keynote Speakers

Carla Ricaurte (ESPOL, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador) 

Carla Ricaurte

Carla Ricaurte

Carla Ricaurte is a Professor of Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanísticas), Guayaquil – Ecuador. PhD degree from Centre for Tourism Policy Studies, CENTOPS, University of Brighton, United Kingdom. Currently she teaches various subjects in the field of tourism: Cooperation for the Development, Tourism Product Marketing, Tourism Planning, Theory of the Tourism, and Research Methodologies. Visiting Professor of the School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton. Brighton, UK.

Member of the Editorial Panel of the journal Tourism Management Perspectives. Regional Editor (South America) of the journal Tourism Planning and Development (formerly Tourism and Hospitality: Planning and Development Journal). Member of Equality in Tourism from September 2017.


José N. Albuja (ESPE, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas, Ecuador)

José Albuja

Professor Researcher at the University of the Armed Forces-ESPE, Quito, Ecuador. PhD degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas – Brazil. Teacher in undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Administration and related areas; researcher in Administration with intellectual production in entrepreneurship, strategy, accounting, finance and control.

Advisor to the Ecuadorian Association of Engineering Teaching Institutions – ASECEI, Ecuador. External Evaluator of Master’s and Doctoral Programs at the Higher Council of Education CES – Ecuador. Adviser, on Service Committee, at the Council for Evaluation, Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Higher Education – CEAACES, Ecuador. Member of the Financial Commission of CEDIA-Ecuador.


Verónica Oliveira (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal)

Verónica Oliveira

Verónica Nobre de Oliveira graduated in Geography and Regional Planning in 1999 and obtained her PhD in 2010 in Marketing and International Business from the University of Extremadura (Spain). She is associate professor and Coordinator of the Events Management graduate programme in the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology (ESTM) at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL), in Portugal.

She is member of the editorial boards of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, and over the past years, she was member of Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation (CITUR). Her main areas of research are related to marketing, consumer behaviour, eco-certification and sustainability. Currently, she is professor of several subjects related with environment, tourism and sustainable development.


João Emanuel Costa (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal)

João Costa

João Costa, is lecturer in the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology (ESTM) of Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. He has a PhD in Multimedia Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He teaches in the first and second cycles subjects about informatics science (Geographic Information System, digital imaging and online marketing).

He is member of CITUR (Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation) and collaborates in projects of research and development in Tourism and Maritime Biology field, using external financing. Integrates the scientific committee of the International Congress of Tourism, is member of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation and cooperates in projects to provide external services.