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Tourism Tracking Symposium | Exploring the opportunities and challenges of new technology

Held on the 22nd Feb 2019

at 8:30am to

Add to Calendar 2019-02-22 08:30:00 2019-02-22 17:30:00 Australia/Sydney Tourism Tracking Symposium | Exploring the opportunities and challenges of new technology

The tracking of tourists’ movement is one of the most current, yet highly contested, research issues facing tourism researchers, managers and business owners. Technology now allows for tracking, but there are many issues facing the practice, including ethical compliance, the challenges of recruiting research participants and the great range of options available to track and assess tourist’s movement.

The University of Tasmania, home to the world-leading Tourism Tracer project, will host some of the world’s expert tracking researchers at this one-day symposium. The speakers will tackle issues such as techniques for tracking and analysing data, the ethics of tracking, the opportunities for evidenced decision-making and the future for tracking research.


8.30 am: Welcome - Dr Anne Hardy

9.15 am: Keynote Speaker Professor Noam Shoval: "The State of Tourist Tracking Worldwide"

10 am: Dr Amit Birenboim: "Options for Analysing Tourist Tracking"

10.30 am Morning Tea

11 am: Professor Catherine Pickering: Tracking Tourists through Social Media

11:45 am: Professor Sara Dolnicar: Changing Tourists behaviour through Tracking  

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch

1.30 pm: Dr Anne Hardy: Insights from the Tourism Tracer Program

2 pm: Prof Can Seng Ooi: The Ethics of Tracking

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm Afternoon Tea

3.30 pm: Industry Workshop - engaging with Tourist Tracking  

5.30 pm: Close

6 pm: Networking Event

About the speakers:

Professor Noam Shoval (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) a specialist in GIS analytics, tourist tracking methodologies.

Dr Amit Birenboim (Tel Aviv University) an expert in GIS analytics, tourist behaviour in urban environments, tracking methods.

Professor Catherine Pickering (Griffith University) specialises in social media data mining, social media analytics and ethics of analysis.

Professor Sara Dolnicar (University of Queensland) studies tourist behaviour, segmentation and statistical analytics.

Dr Anne Hardy (University of Tasmania) is the lead investigator on the Tourism Tracer project

Professor Can Seng Ooi (University of Tasmania) a specialist in application of critical theory to tourism methodologiesi.

Dr Jagannath Aryal (University of Tasmania) is fascinated by the field of spatial hierarchies, multi-scaling issues, and understanding changes in the environmental processes.

This event is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social ChangeTRENd, the Tracer Project, the College of Arts, Law and Education and the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.

To RSVP for this free event or for more information, please contact

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