Ian Yeoman

Food tourism
Scenario planning
Future studies

Dr. Ian Yeoman is a Professor of Disruption, Innovation, and New Phenomena at the Hotel Management School and the academy of Leisure & Tourism at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Ian acquired his skills as a scenario specialist for VisitScotland, where he established the process of future-oriented thinking within the organization. He did this using various techniques including economic modeling, trend analysis, and scenario construction. More recently, he has undertaken a series of projects about the future of tourism in the Pacific for the Asian Development Bank and on the future of work and the ecosystem for the government of New Zealand. Ian completed his PhD research in Operations Research at Edinburgh Napier University. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures and the editor of the Tourism Futures book series by Channelview. He is also the author and co-author of more than 20 books, including ‘Science Fiction, Disruption, and Tourism’ and ‘The Future Past of Tourism’. Ian holds the position of Visiting Professorship at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Ulster University in the United Kingdom. Ian is ranked as one of the top 100 scholars in the field of tourism according to Google Scholar and was named as one of the top 50 influencers by the Hospitality Institute in 2022.

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The future of e-HRM and AI in the tourism and hospitality industry

17 May

Technologies that facilitate human resource management, labelled as digital or electronic human resource management (e-HRM) are developing rapidly, an observation that is shared by many. Relatively recently the term artificial intelligence (AI) caused a new wave of potential technological facilitation for HRM. The brand-new special issue of the Journal of Tourism Futures presents papers that cover a broad range of talent management related challenges and issues for the tourism and hospitality industry in which recent technological developments play a role.

Regenerative Future of Tourism

Transformation and the Regenerative Future of Tourism

29 March

The special issue of our Journal of Tourism Futures seeks to explore how tourism can contribute to this transformation. We invite papers that examine, among other things, how tourism can become a catalyst for environmental, social, cultural and economic regeneration, and heal ecosystems and empower local communities. While remaining critical, papers should provide hopeful, regenerative and transformative views of tourism’s potentialities. Papers may also consider how planners might think freshly about facilitating a regenerative future of tourism.

The Future of Polar Tourism

25 March

Tourism in the Polar Regions is quite a cool topic. As these regions have heated up, so too has the interest in visiting them. The special issue of the Journal of Tourism Futures about The Future of Polar Tourism represents the culmination of more than 10 years of work by the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN).

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