Tourism and Development 2017: Active & Sports Tourism: Feel the freedom of water
29th November – 1st December 2017, Brežice, Slovenia

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker: prof. Johan R. Edelheim, PhD

Originally from Finland, Dr. Johan R. Edelheim worked in the hotel industry in Europe and the USA for ten years before taking up a career in education in the late 1990s. He is currently working in a position of director of Norwegian Hotel Management School at University of Stavanger. He has postgraduate qualifications from the fields of business administration, education, philosophy, tourism management and cultural studies and has lectured in VET, Polytechnic and HE institutions in Finland, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.

Johan’s research interests are divided between critical investigations of tourism enlightened by cultural studies methodologies on the one hand, and practical hospitality management issues on the other. He has published and presented his work extensively at international conferences, as well as in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and in the popular media. Johan is also a frequently invited speaker at academic and non-academic conferences and seminars on topics related to tourism, hospitality, and education

Johan is an expert member of UNWTO's international board compiling the tourism barometer. He is also on the editorial board of Journal of Vacation Marketing, and is a frequent reviewer for Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Annals of Leisure Research, Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, and the Finnish Journal of Tourism Research, amongst other.

Johan is supervising four PhD candidates on topics ranging from Panem et Circensis - Internet gaming; Cross-border tourism cooperation; Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Higher Education; and Semiotic analysis of Malaysian Travel magazines.


Keynote Speaker: assist. prof. Nataša Slak Valek, PhD - TBC

Nataša Slak Valek, Ph.D. in Business, specializes in Tourism. She teaches Tourism related courses at Undergraduate and Graduate level.

Dr. Slak Valek earned her doctorate in Business from the University of Ljubljana at Faculty of Economics. Her research focuses on Tourism and Tourism Marketing, and as a former professional athlete she is interested in Sport Tourism research as well. 

Her most recent work appears in Acta Turistica, Academica Turistica, Tourism Review, Gymnica, as well as in IGI Global recent publication Cultural and Technological Influences on Global Business. She is a reviewer for the leading international journal in tourism Tourism Management.

Prior to ZU, she worked for ten years at the National Tourism Office of Slovenia, first as a Professional Researcher and latter Marketing Manager, where her responsibility were PR and Marketing activities in promoting a country as a tourism destination.

She worked as well at the Faculty for Tourism at University of Maribor (Slovenia) and in the International College, Department for Entertainment management of I-Shou University in Taiwan R.O.C. She is a member of European Travel Commission and registered as a professional researcher at the Slovenian research Agency.

Part time she is a journalist for the magazine Golf klub.


Keynote Speaker: Dolores Kores, MBA - managing director of social enterprise PREMIKI

Dolores Kores – general manager of social enterprise Premiki, which is employing people with disabilities and it operates in the tourism industry, focused on accessible tourism. She is pioneer developer of accessible tourism in Slovenia. She led different national and international projects on accessible tourism from development of educational programs in this field to counseling and business development of accessibility issues for tourism operators. She is involved in ENAT – European Network for Accessible tourism and Premiki are National Contact Point for ENAT. For development of Premiki an organization received UNWTO award Ulysses for NGO sector in 2011.  She is also engaged in different social entrepreneurship (SE) organization: coordinator of Centre for SE at University of Ljubljana, president of employment centres at ŠENT- Slovenian Association of Mental Health, ex-president of expert board at Slovenian forum for Social Entrepreneurship, ex-president at Slovenian National Governmental Council for SE, ex-member of GECES group at EU level. Her interest of work is mainly focused on accessible tourism, social economy development and social impact research.

About Us

Conference Tourism and Development is organized by three partners, Faculty of Tourism of the University of Maribor, Faculty of Sport and Tourism of the Educons University and Libertas Business School.

This year, the conference is hosted by the Faculty of Tourism of the University of Maribor!



29th November -  1st -December 2017, Brežice, Slovenia



University of Maribor, Faculty of Tourism
Cesta prvih borcev 36
8250 Brežice, Slovenia


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Author: Klemen Turšič