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NeXt Conference 2010, April 26 and April 27


Tourism Entrepreneurship Conference and Special issue of the Journal of Tourism Hospitality Planning

The NeXt Research Centre in the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to sponsor and host an international conference on Tourism Entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier University on April 26-27, 2010.

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This conference will explore a relatively new field in both tourism and entrepreneurship research: Tourism Entrepreneurship.

Tourism entrepreneurship research is multifaceted and involves the consideration of external factors, personal factors and interpersonal factors that provide challenges and opportunities for success.

We have attracted a wider range and number of international researchers to this conference with delegates coming from the following countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, France, USA, Philippines, Macao, New Zealand, South Africa and Kenya. The Canadian delegates are from Ontario and Alberta. 

Papers are grouped under a number of themes:
•    Entrepreneurship
•    Firm performances
•    External influences
•    Rural entrepreneurship
•    Nascent entrepreneurship and innovation
•    Networks
•    Entrepreneur characteristics

Please note that we welcome non-presenters and guests at a rate of $135/person.
Students (non-preseneters) are also welcome to attend at a rate of $75/person.


Conference Keynote Speaker:


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Alison Morrison
Professor, University of Surrey


A distinguished scholar in the field of entrepreneurship, tourism and hospitality, Alison will lead into the conference with her opening presentation titled “Tourism Entrepreneurship: Worlds, Voices and Truths”.

Alison’s support for this conference indicates the timeliness and relevance of this conference activity.  This is the first time a group of international researchers have come together to explore this topic.


Paper Submission:

22 papers have been accepted for presentation at the conference and suitable papers will be entered into review for the special issue in Journal of Tourism Hospitality Planning and Development. An edited book is also being considered, edited by Dr Barbara Carmichael, Director of NeXt and Dr Alison Morrison, University of Surrey.


Managing change: challenges for tourism entrepreneurs

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
7:30am - Breakfast
8:30am - 10:15am - Panel Session

As well as academic paper sessions, a tourism industry and breakfast panel session open to the community will be moderated by Bill Allen, President Tourism Industry Association of Ontario.

The panel will include prominent tourism entrepreneurs: 

  • Mark Bingeman, President, Bingemans Inc.
  • Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director and Chief Entertainment Officer, Drayton Entertainment
  • Rob Thorburn Sr, Chairman and Owner, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Click here for more information and to register online (for public use only; included in delegate registration package)


Post Conference Excursion to Niagara Falls and wineries

A post conference day tour to Niagara Falls and Niagara wineries is planned for April 28, 2010 at an additional cost of $50.