Program at a Glance

DAY 1


Thursday – Jan 4th

DAY 2


Friday – Jan 5th

DAY 3


Saturday – Jan 6th

SHUTTLE


Thursday - Saturday

7:00 AM

Registration to open
Location: Kovens Conference Center Front Desk

9:00 AM

Technical Visits (optional) (2 – 4 hours)

  • Pre-booking required
    1. Exploring the Wonders of the Florida Everglades: An Eco-Adventure Tour (prepayment required)
      Arrival at Everglades: 8:30 AM | Tour Begins: 9 AM
      Address:
      32330 Tamiami Trail East 
      Ochopee, FL 34141
      Description: Feel the expansive beauty of the unique Everglades grasslands as you glide along the water in a Wooten’s airboat! Escape into 259 acres of private grasslands, away from the traffic of other airboats. Our knowledgeable captains will show you a good time as you learn about animals, plants, and history. Then check out the alligator show and other attractions included with your tour

    2. Discovering South Beach: An Educational Expedition into Art, Culture, and History:  Art Deco Walking Tour
      Arrival at Tour: 9:45 AM | Tour Begins: 10 AM
      Address: 1001 Ocean Drive 
      Miami Beach, FL 33139
      Description: Learn more about South Beach’s iconic Art Deco Drive that boasts colorful buildings and gives the neighborhood its personality. 
      Tours last around 90 minutes to 2 hours—just enough time to leave you fulfilled but not worn out. It’s an easy walk around the neighborhood, where you’ll dip in and out of buildings to explore their Art Deco facades, terrazzo floors, and other design elements.

  • Sign up on your own
    1. Botanical Wonders and Historic Splendors: An Educational Tour of Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden & Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
    2. Art, Science, and Exploration: An Educational Tour of Perez Art Museum and Frost Museum of Science
1:30 PM

Concurrent Workshops and Meetings
(180 mins)
STR SHARE Center Workshop
Location: Kovens Conference Center 128   
This session will cover the following agenda items:

  1. Data for academic research including new data types and examples from professors
  2. Global hotel industry update – recovery around the world
  3. Hotel Analytics certifications – CHIA & CAHTA, plus updates
  4. New certifications – revenue management and real estate analytics
  5. New training – intro to big data; visualizing & analyzing w/ Tableau, BI, R, Python, ML, and Geospatial tools

CHIA Workshop
Location: Kovens Conference Center 126   
Hosted by: Mohammad Qureshi   

Journal Editorial Board Meetings
Location: Kovens Conference Center 114
Host: Dr. Andrew Moreo (FIU)   

International Hospitality Review: Dr. Andrew Moreo | Florida International University

Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing and Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research: Dr. Kaye Chon (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Cornell Hospitality Quarterly: Anna Mattila (The Pennsylvania State University)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology: Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu (University of South Florida)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management: Dr. Fevzi Okumus (University of Central Florida)

Tourism Management: Xiang (Robert) Li (Temple University)

Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education: Po-Ju Chen (Texas A&M University)

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Mistakes Made in Quantitative Research & How to Avoid Them

Location: TBD
Hosted by: Faizan Ali, Associate Professor, University of South Florida

4:00 PM – 5:20 PM

Deans and Directors Meeting

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Registration open
Location: Kovens Conference Center Front Desk
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM

General Session 1 – David Whitaker, CEO, GMCVB
Theme: Miami “the Magic City” – Selling Paradise

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Cafecito Time Sponsored by Café Bustelo

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM

Paper Presentations I

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch Break
Description: Hosted at the Kovens Conference Center outdoor Terrace and other lawn locations to capitalize on the beautiful January weather. Food trucks will be brought in.
Location: Kovens Conference Center Lawn Area

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Poster Session A:

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Paper Presentations II

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Poster Session B:
Cafecito Time Sponsored by Bustelo

3:10 PM – 4:40 PM

Paper Presentations III

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Panel 1: On The Path To An Academic Career

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Light snacks and beverages sponsored by Texas A&M University

School & Career Fair

7:30 PM

Students Only Social(Students self-organize)

Evening On Your Own

Miami’s Gastronomic Renaissance – find out why it is the next culinary mecca

Description: Discover the diverse flavors of Miami’s culinary scene by visiting our FIU alumni-owned restaurants. Bring your conference registration badge for special discounts!

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Registration to open
Location: Kovens Conference Center Front Desk
8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

General Session 2 – Adam Stewart, CD, Hon LLD,  Executive Chairman, Sandals Resorts International
Theme: The Future of All-Inclusive and Tourism in the Caribbean

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Cafecito Time Sponsored by Café Bustelo

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM

Paper Presentations IV

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch on the Lawn Break

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Poster Session C:

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Paper Presentations V

2:30 PM – 3:00PM   

Poster Session D:
Cafecito Time Sponsored by Café Bustelo

Snack Station – Create your own – Sponsored by SGWS

3:10 PM – 3:40PM   

Panel 2: Business Intelligence by M3

Sponsored by: USF

  • Casey Harrison | Product Owner M3
  • Burl Johnson | Director of Business Intelligence M3

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Paper Presentations VI

5:45 PM – 6:20 PM

Sponsors Meeting

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Interactive Mixology Demonstration by Bacardi Center of Excellence
7:00 PM

Awards Dinner

Exact shuttle information forthcoming

Thursday, January 4th

9:00 AM Shuttle Service being provided
12:45 PM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
4:30 PM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
4:45 PM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
5:00 PM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
5:30 PM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
7:30 PM Shuttle from FIU Kovens Conference Center to originating location
8:00 PM Shuttle from FIU Kovens Conference Center to originating location

Friday, January 5th

6:30 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
6:45 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
7:00 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
7:30 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
8:30 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
5:00 PM Shuttle from FIU Kovens Conference Center to originating location
7:00 PM Shuttle from FIU Kovens Conference Center to originating location
7:30 PM Shuttle from FIU Kovens Conference Center to originating location

Saturday, January 6th

6:30 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
6:45 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
7:00 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
7:30 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
8:30 AM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
4:30 PM Shuttle from FIU Kovens Conference Center to originating location
5:00 PM Shuttle from FIU Kovens Conference Center to originating location
5:45 PM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
6:00 PM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
6:30 PM Shuttle from pickup location to FIU Kovens Conference Center
9:30 PM Shuttle from FIU Kovens Conference Center to originating location