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Keynote Speakers

Fernando Perna (University of Algarve, Portugal)

Fernando Perna is Full Professor at the High School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, University of Algarve (Portugal), and National Director of CiTUR – Research Centre for Tourism Innovation and Development. With degrees in applied economics, energy and environment policy, he is best known for his works in evaluating the socio-economic impact of large-scale tourism events, nautical/maritime tourism economic planning, and regional development and competitiveness, with more than 20 research and educational project coordination. He teaches undergraduate and post-graduate level, in Portugal and abroad through university partnerships in E.U. countries, Norway, Morocco, Cabo Vert, Algeria and China. Acting as a member of international and national Editorial Boards of scientific journals in tourism, management and economics, he has published over 15 works, including scientific papers, books, and book chapters.


Mara Franco (University of Madeira, Portugal)

Ph.D. in Business and Management Studies from the School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto. Actually, she is an Integrated Researcher of CiTUR-UMa and an Invited Adjunct Professor at the University of Madeira, lecturing curricular units in Management and Marketing fields. Currently she coordinates research in carrying capacity in tourism, consumer behaviour in tourism and tourism markets characterization. She is an author and co-author of publications presented in peer-reviewed conferences and of scientific papers published in indexed international journals. She is also coordinates the Tourism Observatory of the University of Madeira.