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September 2018

A Message from the President

A New Value Proposition

Dear EuroCHRIE family,

Please let me take this opportunity to thank you all for the confidence you have shown in me by electing me your President. I am both honoured and delighted to serve you for the next two years. I would also like to thank our immediate past President Anders Justenlund for the tremendous amount of work he has and continues to do for our Federation.

As you may know, we have set in motion quite a number of large-scale changes, which will, and that is our declared goal for the next twelve months, improve the value proposition for you, our members. My colleagues and I that make up our Federation Board stand united in our efforts to help you get more out of your membership and to attract new members.

We literally ventured into, for CHRIE in general, new territory by hosting our annual conference in Nairobi last year and against many odds, the conference was absolutely fantastic, which of course puts me, as the conference organiser for this year’s conference in Dublin under pressure. I am afraid Safaris are out of the question in Dublin. But instead, we have introduced a whole range of innovations and changes to the conference, which have not featured to date in any of our conferences. These changes have, of course, been introduced with our members in mind. We want you to get even more out of attending our conference, which is the key touch point for you and your federation.

Dublin itself is a highly attractive location with easy access from all over the world. My colleagues and I in the organising committee have put together an absolutely fantastic programme, which offers cutting edge academic debates, industry talks and entertainment in equal measure. We have so many things to offer – I don’t even know where to start. For the first time, we are hosting a pre-conference PhD and early career researchers’ workshop, which is supported by several journal editors and eminent Professors in their field. In addition, STR is running their first Advanced Hospitality Analytics course in Europe on the day prior to the conference. The conference itself includes workshops on ‘Using New Generations Simulations’, an ‘Experiential Learning Symposium’, a ‘Lego® Serious Play’ workshop, a ‘Leadership Tango’, a ‘Combat Human Trafficking’ workshop, and a ‘Symposium on Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality’ to name but a few. In addition, the conference offers two unique publishing opportunities for some of the best papers of the conference: a paper Hackathon leading to a publication in JHTM and a special issue in the new journal Hospitality & Tourism Insights. Moreover, and for the very first time ever, we have organised an Industry Day, where industry meets academia. That day is packed full of some of the most influential industry speakers. We also have an outstanding social programme organised for you, which will culminate in the conference dinner in no other than the Guinness Storehouse! The preconference events start on 06 November and the actual conference takes place 07-09 November. You can register for the conference here. Accommodation is scarce in Dublin. Thus, I suggest you book sooner rather than later.

As you may now, the organisation of the first joint APac / Euro CHRIE conference is in full swing and members of our Board are meeting regularly with our APac CHRIE colleagues. You can find up-to-date information on the conference here . The venue will be the ICON Hotel. Please note that the conference will be held from 22-25 May 2019 and not during the usual autumn slot, as this is when APacCHRIE usual holds its conference.

While we have had a number of expressions of interest for our 2020 and 2021 conferences, I would like to encourage you and your Institutions to put forward a bid for an upcoming conference. All you need to do is contact myself and/or Patricia Cuevas, our Director of Networking (patycusa@gmail.com). More information on the bidding process can be found here.

Our Federation was very well presented at this year’s ICHRIE conference in Palm Springs and our annual Euro CHRIE dine-around event, which has become a tradition at this stage, was completely sold out, which is testament to our popularity among CHRIE members. At the ICHRIE board meeting, the efforts undertaken by our federation, in particular in respect of our conference organisation, were acknowledged. I would even go as far as saying that ICHRIE see our conference as a potential model for future ICHRIE conferences. ICHRIE itself is introducing several key measures to improve its relevance to its membership, which I am sure will feature prominently in due course.

I hope you will join me in congratulating all of the new Board members of EuroCHRIE on their recent appointment. In particular, I would like to thank Dr Steven Rhoden (Manchester Metropolitan University) for stepping into the breach as interim Secretary of Euro CHRIE. Steven has been an avid supporter of Euro CHRIE for many years. He is an area consultant for the UK and was the conference chair of one of the most successful Euro CHRIE conferences we have had. I appointed Steven on the recommendation of the Executive Board of our Federation and Steven kindly accepted his appointment. This appointment was necessary, as our previous Secretary, Chrystel Masdupuy, was elected Vice President of Euro CHRIE during the last election and took office with effect from July of this year and I really look forward to working with Chrystel in her new role.

We are also investing considerable resources in redeveloping our online presence in form of a new website and increased marketing efforts on social media. The new website is due to be launched during #EuroCHRIE2018.

Another way to get more out of your membership is of course to become involved in the various activities of the Federation, for instance the conference, as an Area Consultant (AC) or as one of the Board of Directors. Many of you might think, this is a very illustrious club. But I can assure you it is not and we are continuously looking for people that want to get more engaged. Personally, I have to say that being a part of the EuroCHRIE family and AC, Director of Education, and then VP and now President has been a hugely rewarding journey for me, both personally and professionally. I have made so many new friends and uncountable new contacts all over the World. Just drop me a quick line and we can have a chat about how you can get more involved in the Federation!

I would like to thank you all for your continued support and remain at your service.

I hope I will have the pleasure of talking to each and every one of you in person in the not so distant future.

Look back on #EuroCHRIE18