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5th World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality
5TH WORLD RESEARCH SUMMIT FOR TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
December 13-16, 2019
The 5th World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality provides an interactive, dynamic, and shared international platform for academics and practitioners to discuss how to enhance research applications and knowledge management through digital intelligence, connectivity and smart knowledgein a ch...

USA China Tourism Research Summit and Industry Dialogue
USA CHINA TOURISM RESEARCH SUMMIT AND INDUSTRY DIALOGUE
December 17-17, 2019
The USA-China Tourism Research Summit and Industry Dialogue will provide the attendees with the opportunity to gain insights into developing trends in the hospitality and tourism industry in China, understanding the impacts of trade talks, strategies and techniques mutually beneficial for both econo...

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EVENTS

5th World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality
5TH WORLD RESEARCH SUMMIT FOR TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
December 13-16, 2019
The 5th World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality provides an interactive, dynamic, and shared international platform for academics and practitioners to discuss how to enhance research applications and knowledge management through digital intelligence, connectivity and smart knowledgein a ch...

USA China Tourism Research Summit and Industry Dialogue
USA CHINA TOURISM RESEARCH SUMMIT AND INDUSTRY DIALOGUE
December 17-17, 2019
The USA-China Tourism Research Summit and Industry Dialogue will provide the attendees with the opportunity to gain insights into developing trends in the hospitality and tourism industry in China, understanding the impacts of trade talks, strategies and techniques mutually beneficial for both econo...