Save The Date: University of Florida To Host D-TOUR, a Global Tourism Summit at Walt Disney World Resort April 2017

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April 2017 Tourism Summit To Address Disruptive Issues Happening In Travel and Tourism

D-Tour A Global Tourism Summit

“This conference will be unusual, exciting and information-rich. No long, boring talks. No tedious slide presentations. A true D-Tour from the norm.

Addressing the transformation and disruption of the global tourism industry, and how to lead in this new environment, will top the timely agenda at the University of Florida Global Summit April 26-27, 2017 at the BoardWalk Inn at Walt Disney World.

“In 2015, international tourists hit a record-breaking 1.2 billion, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in its latest tourism barometer. This staggering number and the issues impacting tourism have lead us to presenting this Summit,” said Mike Reid, Dean of the University of Florida college where the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute resides.

“This conference will be unusual, exciting and information-rich. No long, boring talks. No tedious slide presentations. Instead, tourism executives will give attendees the most up-to-date information on a range of critical topics. The format will be lively, animated, a detour from the normal conference. It will engage attendees and provide networking opportunities,” said Reid.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Identifying and maximizing opportunities in changing markets
  • Turning sustainable tourism in a new direction
  • How data, technology and innovation are transforming the industry
  • On the ground, how to manage a crisis and security predictions
  • What it takes to lead through this disruption in a changing world

With a focus on seeking answers to global issues, the Summit is open to the tourism industry as well as to businesses that rely on tourism.

“We are finalizing details with global tourism experts who will give attendees the clear perspective needed to make positive changes. The University of Florida is pleased to take a role in discovering these new directions bringing the industry together in one dynamic summit,” said Reid.

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