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T.C. Chang is an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his PhD at McGill Univeristy (1997) and his research interests relate to urban tourism, arts/culture/heritage, and Asian tourism knowledges. He is the co-editor of two books on Asian tourism: Asia On Tour. Exploring the Rise of Asian Tourism (Routledge, 2009) and Interconnected Worlds: Tourism in Southeast Asia (Elsevier Science, 2001). On the administrative front, he was Vice Dean (External Relations and Student Life) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as Deputy Director of Global Relations Office, both at NUS.
Giacomo Del Chiappa (PhD) is Associate Professor of Marketing at the Department of Economics and Business, University of Sassari (Italy), where he teaches Tourism Marketing and Management, Destination Management and Retail Marketing. He is also Senior Research Fellow at the School of Tourism & Hospitality of University of Johannesburg (South Africa), and co-chair of the Tourism, Culture and Arts Marketing SIG of the Italian Marketing Association. His research is related to destination governance and branding, sustainable tourism, consumer/tourist behavior, digital marketing and airport marketing. He is Associate Editor of European Journal of Tourism Research and member of numerous editorial boards of national and international scientific journals. He is author and co-author of numerous national and international publications. Among others, he has published in: Journal of Service Management, Journal of Services Marketing, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, International Journal of Tourism Research, International Journal of Contemporary and Hospitality Management, Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management, Tourism Management Perspectives, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, Journal of Airport Transport Management. He regularly teaches in PhD programs, Masters and EMBA in Italy and abroad in the areas of consumer behavior, tourist behavior, destination management and hospitality marketing and management.
Dr. Tamara Rátz is Professor of Tourism and Head of Tourism Department at Kodolányi János University, Hungary. She obtained her PhD in 2000 from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration with a thesis investigating the socio-cultural impacts of tourism development at Lake Balaton, Hungary. She has extensive experience of teaching abroad: besides being a Guest Professor at HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland (1995-2011), Karaganda Economic University of Kazpotrebsoyuz, Kazakhstan (2011-2014), and University of Bologna (2017-2018), she taught various tourism-related courses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Poland, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Norway. She serves as editorial board member and reviewer of over 20 journals in tourism and acts as co-editor of the Tourism Academy book series in Hungary. She is the author or co-author of more than 190 publications on tourism, including 12 books. Her current research interests include cultural and heritage tourism development and management, creativity and innovation in niche tourism development, and the phenomena of unconventional tourism mobility.