Regional Vice Presidents

ITSA’s work around the world is led by a team of RVPs, who volunteer their time to support ITSA’s regional members, organise events and build networks for collaboration.

Australasia – Dr Clare Liu, Auckland University of Technology

Biography coming soon….

Contact: claire.liu@aut.ac.nz

Africa – Professor Dr Cine Van Zyl, University of South Africa

Biography coming soon…

Contact: Vzylc@unisa.ac.za

Caribbean – Dr Annemarie Nicely, Purdue University

Biography coming soon…

Contact: ajnicely@purdue.edu

Central Asia – Dr. James Yip

Biography coming soon…

Contact: jamesyip1@gmail.com

China – Professor Dr. Maoying Wu, Zheijang University

Biography coming soon…

Contact: maoyingwu@zju.edu.cn

China – Dr Ying Zhang, Minzu University

Biography coming soon…

Contact: zhangyingmuc@163.com

China – Professor Dr. Zhang Jie, Nanjing University

Biograhphy coming soon…

Contact: 0013203@zju.edu.cn

Eastern Europe – Dr. Mirsolav Vujicic, University of Novi Sad

Prof. dr Miroslav Vujičić is associate professor at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences. Main field of interest is decision making processes, project management, product development, cultural tourism and has proficiency skills in data gathering, analysis and interpretation of mathematical and statistical methods. He has published 26 research papers at Scopus indexed journals and has more than 271 citations in Scopus database. Programme Leader, BA Hons tourism. RVP for Eastern Europe in ITSA network. Department coordinator for international affairs and students and staff mobility. Member of Department Accreditation team has experience in creating study programs, managing quality assurance. He is main evaluator for impact assessment of European Capital of Culture Novi Sad 2022. He is experienced project manager and researcher:
• Erasmus+ CB in HEI “Strengthening Capacities for Tourism Changes in WB – Building Competences for Quality Management of Heritage and Cultural Tourism” (CULTURWB), 574193-2016
• Strategic Partnership for Youth “Digitisation and Culture for new generations” (DiCultYouth), 2018-2-CY02-KA205-001362).
• INTERREG-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Serbia WATERTOUR: Development of water tourism on waterways connecting Hungary and Serbia. HUSRB/1602/31/0204.
• H2020-WIDESPREAD-2020-5 “Twinning for the advancement of data-driven multidisciplinary research into hydro-climatic extremes to support risk assessment and decision making” (EXtremeClimTwin), 952384
• CA19142 “Leading Platform for European Citizens, Industries, Academia and Policymakers in Media Accessibility” (LEAD-ME)
• Erasmus+ JMM “Strengthening European Cultural Identity through Interdisciplinary Heritage Studies” (euCULTher). 611433-EPP-1-2019-1-RSEPPJMO-
Beside mentioned ongoing projects he implemented several national and international projects and was also engaged as expert on SEE, INTERREG, RCC projects.

Contact: miroslav.vujicic@dgt.uns.ac.rs

Mediterranean Western Europe – Dr. Teresa Agular Quintana, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Teresa Aguiar Quintana is a Full time professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) in the Economics, Business and Tourism Faculty in Gran Canaria island (Spain) since 2007. She is currently the Transference and dissemination director of the Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Economic development (Tides) at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She has published academic cases study books in Síntesis editorial and in Cambridge Scholars Publishing and more than 20 book chapters. She has also published several scientific articles in Journal Citation Reports (JCR) like Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Business Research, Tourism Management Perspectives, Cornell Hospitality Quaterly and Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies.


Her participation in international conferences is extensive, publishing in the book of proceedings in the CBTS conferences in the Applied Sciences University in Munich and in the Free University of Bolzano in Italy. She has also been the Chair of the I, II, III and IV International Spring Symposium on Challenges in Tourism Development (SSTD 2016, SSTD 2017, SSTD 2018, and SSTD 2019) organized by Tides in Expomeloneras, Gran Canaria. She has also been a member of the Scientific and Organizing Committee in several conferences.
Finally, some of her Research proyects are: “The quality of hotel services in the municipality of San Bartolome de Tirajana in Gran Canaria”, project founded by the Innova Programme.

Other projects founded by the Gran Canaria Tourism Board measured the “Quality perceived by the customers in 4 star hotels in Spain” and “Branding strategy in Gran Canaria island destination”. She participated in a Pilot project: Kuoni-Towards Travelife, with a partnership between Tides and Leeds Beckett University in the last decade. She also signed a research project with the Canarian Tourism Council about Retrospective analysis in Tourism and, recently, she signed a research project to study strategies for recovery of the MICE tourism after Covid, project founded by the Gran Canaria Convention bureau in 2021.

Contact: teresa.aguiar@ulpgc.es

Mexico and Central America – Dr. Blanca Camargo Ortega, University of Monterrey

Biography coming soon…

Contact: blanca.camargo@udem.edu

Middle East – Dr. Mahmood Ziaee, Allameh Tabatab’i University

Biography coming soon…

Contact: mdziaee@gmail.com

North East Asia – Dr Chiemi Yagi, University of the Ryukus

Biography coming soon…

Contact: yagic@tm.u-ryukyu.ac.jp

Russia – Dr. Svetlana Stepchenkova, University of Florida

Svetlana Stepchenkova, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management at the University of Florida. She obtained her doctoral degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University in 2009. Her research interests are destination marketing, branding, and positive image building. She studies tourist behavior and the effectiveness of destination promotion efforts in situations of strained bilateral relations between nations. She is also interested in usability of user-generated content for managerial decision-making and marketing communications.
Svetlana actively publishes her research in the top tourism journals. In 2018-2019, she received University of Florida Term Professorship Academic Achievement Award as a recognition of research productivity, specifically, publications, extramural funding, and national and international presentations. She has published 60 peer-reviewed articles and made 70 conference presentations. Her works have received more than 5000 citations.


Svetlana is the academic manager of a collaborative agreement between the University of Florida and N. I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia. The activities have included curriculum development, course delivery, student mobility programs, faculty training programs, seminars to disseminate best practices, and collaborative research. Svetlana also conducts research with colleagues from premier universities in Mexico, China, South Korea, and Spain.

Svetlana serves as an Editorial Board member for Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, Tourism Management Perspectives, International Journal of Tourism Cities, and Hospitality and Tourism opensource publication. In her spare time, she loves to hike and to watch thriller and mystery movies.

Contact: svetlana.step@hhp.ufl.edu

South East Asia – Dr.Hera Oktadiana, James Cook University

Biography coming soon…

Contact: hera.oktadiana@jcu.edu.au

South Asia – Abhishek Bhati, James Cook University Singapore

Biography coming soon…

Contact: Abhishek.Bhati@jcu.edu.au

Western Europe – Professor Dr. Wolfgang Arlt, COTRI

M.A. in Sinology (1984), PhD Political Sciences (2002), FU Berlin. Chinese language studies on Taiwan (1977) and in Hong Kong (1980), first visit to Mainland China in 1978.


Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt FRGS FRAS has been working throughout his career with China and with tourism. After a decade as bookseller and publisher of China-related publications, organiser of major exhibitions and fairs in Europe and China and as CEO of a tour operator company bringing European leisure tourists to China in the 1980s, he acted as CEO of an inbound tour operator bringing Chinese delegations to Europe in the 1990s. From 2002 to 2020, he held tenured professorships until retirement at two German universities. He has also been visiting professor or researcher at a number of universities in China, UK, Australia and New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society and a Research Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He has published a number of books and articles about China’s outbound tourism, is widely quoted in global media including CNN, BBC, South China Morning Post, China Daily etc. and in the Top 1% of persons followed on LinkedIn.


Since 2004 he leads the COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute, providing online trainings (in cooperation with Hong Kong Polytechnic University SHTM), consulting and quantitative data for governments and companies around the world.


Since 2021, he is also the Founding Dean of the HATT Business School Institute of the World Tourism Forum Institute (Secretary General: Dr. Taleb Rifai, former S.G. of UNWTO).

Contact:arlt@china-outbound.com

United Kingdom and Ireland – Dr Cristina Maxim, University of West London

Biography coming soon…

Contact: coming soon

USA and Canada – Dr. Xiaoxiao Fu, University of Central Florida

Biography coming soon…

Contact: Xiaoxiao.Fu@ucf.edu

Vice President for IJTC – Dr Andres Coca-Stefaniak, University of Greenwich

Biography coming soon…

Contact: A.Coca-Stefaniak@greenwich.ac.uk