Director at Kyle Diorio Design and Tour Manager at Dubfire
Kyle Diorio’s commitment to visual communication arises from his unique experiences as an artist, academic and adventurer. He works predominantly in electronic music and surf tourism which has brought him to over 40 countries and allowed him to take on roles as a photographer, film maker, art director and tour manager. Kyle has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism Management (2018) with undergraduate degrees in Media Design (2013) and Communication (2010). He was the featured artist and host of a masterclass at the Apple flagship store in Barcelona (2013); contributed to academic panels and exhibitions on visual design and tourism throughout Europe (2010-present); co-produced the Portuguese Surf Film Festival (2016-2019); and won the Emerging Scholar Award at the Tourism & Leisure Studies Conference (2019).
President of Côa Parque Foundation
Research Member at CiTUR – Centre for Research, Development and Innovation in Tourism. Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, since September 2001. Tourist Guide at the Archaeological Park of Vale do Côa, from April 1996 to September 2001. PhD in Cultural Sciences by the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. Master in History of Populations, by the University of Minho. Post-graduation in Tourism and Religious Heritage by the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Lisbon. Post-graduation in Cultural Management, Escola Superior de Artes do Espectáculo, Instituto Politécnico do Porto. Has several articles published in specialized magazines.
Alejandra Medina Ayrer
Collaborator of APTUR CHILE, Communication Producer of the television programs “Recomiendo Chile” and “Recomiendo América”
Graduated in marketing and with a diploma in innovation projects. Specialized in developing communication campaigns, strategies and products in the area of tourism and gastronomy. Specialist in cultural and niche travel, developed the management of destinations with Chile, Turkey, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Lover of history, cultural heritage, gastronomy and travel, she has been invited for interviews and panels on branding and design of tourism experiences in different national and international media.
Alejandro Novella Vilches
Filmmaker and Producer
Trained in Chile, United States, Belgium, as a filmmaker, he complements his training and experience in workshops and seminars. A Chilean leading series “Al sur del Mundo”, inspired him to create and project a journey through the history and culture of the people, calling this research and dissemination project “Recomiendo Chile” in a first stage. Parallel to this work and NGOs, Alejandro has developed series and materials for documentaries and Pedagogy audiovisual material in America, Asia and the Caribbean, under the concepts of sustainability and peoples’ food autonomy. His main motivations are sustainable community development and tourism development, taking care of the environment and protecting natural resources for future generations.
Adjunct Professor at Eqbal Lahoori Higher Institute, Iran
With a PhD in architectural studies from Putra University Malaysia, he completed his master’s degree in architecture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran. His research focuses mostly on vernacular architecture and tourism studies and their application to scientific and business problems. He demonstrates the feasibility of his ideas by implementing the knowledge of vernacular architecture and integrating it into the architectural design of residential and leisure complexes, mainly in tourist destinations of Iran. He is a member of the founding committee and advisory board of Euro-Asia Tourism Studies Association and a founding member of the international Experimental Research in Architecture, Innovative Societies and Territories group.
Assistant Professor and researcher at Universidade Lusófona do Porto
With a PhD in Tourism from the University of Aveiro. In his thesis, he investigated the role of films in the motivations for slum tourism. He has published works mainly on film tourism, motivations for slum tourism, tourist destination image, gastronomic tourism and active tourism. In the industry, she has worked in destination management organizations in Brazil, in areas such as project coordination, accessibility in tourism facilities, inbound tourism statistics and tourism inventory; as well as working in an educational tourism initiative in Spain.
Arvind Kumar Saraswati
Assistant Professor at the Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management and Restaurant Technology, GGSIP University, New Delhi, India
After completing his doctorate in business administration from Aligarh Muslim University, his thesis is recognized by the best doctoral thesis award. He received ‘Young Teacher Welcome Award’ (2016) and ‘Aspiring Researcher Award’ (2017) by Indian Hospitality Congress and also received ‘Global Education and Corporate Leadership Award (GECL) -2018’ for being the best young researcher. He is the editor of Indian Journal of Applied Hospitality and Tourism Research and also associated with the editorial board of many reputed journals. He is also co-organizer of India International Hotel Travel Tourism Research Conference ‘ in India. His expertise includes Hospitality Management, Tourism Administration and Management, Service Marketing, Relationship Marketing and Online Marketing.
Degree in Tourism and Master in Tourism and Environment by the Escola Superior de Turismo e Tecnologia do Mar – Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (ESTM – IPL)
He was part of the organizing team of ART&TUR Festival, as General Manager, in the Leiria (2018), Torres Vedras (2019) and Viseu (2020) editions. Participated in a research scholarship regarding the project SMAT – Tourist Activity Monitoring System (2017-2018) which aims to create an observatory of Tourism in Central Portugal, a project created between Turismo Centro de Portugal and the Núcleo de Investigação em Destinos Turísticos – Centro de Investigação Aplicada em Turismo of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. She has experience in the areas of hospitality, tourism animation and works as a tour guide.
President and co-founder of the Sustainable Tourism Partnership Programme (STTP)
She is a member of several committees, forums and boards in the Tourism industry, including the SABS TC228 Committee and Chair of Service Excellence in Tourism. Caroline was appointed to the internal board of FEDHASA (Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa). Previously, she has held positions as President of the National Accommodation Association of South Africa (NAA-SA), Director and member of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), member of the FEDHASA Large Hotel Group Committee, member of the TGCSA committee, Chair of the National Tourism Sector Strategy – Tourism Growth and Development, Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee of the Regional Tourism Organization of South Africa (RETOSA) and regularly presents training for the STPP on Sustainable Tourism Awareness and “Green” Staff Training. Caroline has helped the small tourism sector move forward and be recognized as a significant economic contributor with the potential to lead sustainability in tourism.
Travel blogger for the Wandering life project and vice president of the Portuguese Travel Bloggers Association
Former consultant who decided to embrace her dream of fully dedicating herself to travel 5 years ago. She has been traveling the world backpacking for over 20 years and for the last 6 always with her daughter and family.
Actress, Model, Artist and Tourism Professional
Cheryl is International Travel Host for Solo’s Travel company “Friendship Travel”, based in Belfast. She has acted in several TV advertising campaigns and works as an art department professional in the Irish film and TV industry. His studies in Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Film are fundamental to his passion for travel. His most recent projects include Amblin Entertainment’s “The Turning” (USA) and Out of Orbit’s “Normal People” (Northern Ireland).
Adjunct Guest Professor in Polytechnic of Leiria – School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, Peniche
Daniela Amorim has a degree in Cultural Recreation and Community Education from the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém – School of Education; a Master in Socio-psychology of Health from the Miguel Torga Higher Institute of Coimbra; and a PhD in Tourism from the University of Seville. She started her work as a teacher in Polytechnic of Leiria in 2010. Since 2020, is Adjunct Guest Professor, coordinating the Superior Technical Professional Course of Recreation in Tourism, Nature and Adventure. She teaches Touristic Recreation and Event Management subjects. She is also the creative group Coordinator, Marés – ESTM, whose main mission is to plan and promote a range of cultural and educational activities in the academics community. Since 2019, she is part of the Art&Tur Festival – International Tourism Film Festival Jury. She has been collaborating with CiTUR – Center for Research, Development and Innovation in Tourism, since 2015, and is an integrated member, since 2019. She has developed research in creative tourism, event tourism, and performing arts events, with scientific and conference papers published since 2015. Since 2014, she has been coordinating and directing the amateur theatre group “+ Teatro”, in partnership with the Rio Maior Municipality, having presented four plays to the community, and currently preparing the following play.
Don Falsario II
Video director and editor
His career began with a small local production company, where he started with video editing, which paved the way for him to explore videography, photography, graphic animation and color grading – which eventually led to directing. His work is an eclectic mix of digital films, documentaries, lifestyle features, graphic animation explainer videos, and corporate films for local and well-known international brands. His tourism film for Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan, Philippines, entitled ” Tubbataha: A National Treasure” won at several documentary/tourism film festivals around the world, including the 10th edition of ART&TUR.
Digital Information Strategist
After his studies in philosophy of information and an experience of several years as a digital consultant in Italy, he taught for several years as adjunct professor of Digital Humanities in Information Theory and Practice at the University of Sassari. After moving to France in 2007, he has been working as a consultant for large companies. To answer the question, “how can we start an information-related project that works?”, he wrote, ” Skip! The Art of Avoiding Projects: An Ecological Way of Living in the Information Age.” In 2017, he specialized in Cyber Security Awareness at the National Institute for Advanced Studies in Security and Justice at the Ecole Militaire in Paris. Currently, he is researching the opportunities and weakness of smart destinations.
Adjunct Professor at the Tomar School of Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar
She has Advanced Training in Tourism. Department of Economics, Management, Industrial and Tourism Engineering of the University of Aveiro. PhD in Anthropology. Specialization in Tourism Anthropology, Policies and Images of Culture and Museology, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Master in Heritage and Museology, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is currently a researcher at TECHN&ART – Center for Technology, Restoration and Valorization of the Arts of IPT and collaborating researcher of CRIA-FCSH-UNL, GOVCOPP-UA and CiTur-IPL.
Filipe Morato Gomes
Author of the blog Alma de Viajante and President of ABVP – Association of Portuguese Travel Bloggers
He worked in multimedia for over 10 years before creating one of the most respected travel blogs in Portugal. Passionate about the world of communication – from photography to cinema, writing and advertising – and a film consumer since the days when he spent whole nights at Fantasporto, he travels the world in search of stories and people that bring his chronicles to life. As a traveler, he has been in more than 100 countries, made two long trips around the world and, whenever possible, he also travels indoors to share the best that Portugal has to offer.
Videographer and Photographer
Studied Audiovisual Communication, Cine-Video at António Arroio Arts School, Creative Industries and Cultural Entrepreneurship at AUDAX / INDEG and NeuroMarketing at ISG / SalesBrain. He has worked as a Photographer and Director for Film, Company, Music, Arts and Education, developing short films, institutional, promotional, event and gastronomic videos and photographs. He was awarded for two consecutive years, 2012 and 2013, at the International Tourism Film Festival, Art&Tur, as Director and Producer of two gastronomic videos of the conceptual project Videlicious, focused on the promotion of restaurants in the hospitality industry.
Manager at Rodrigues Tourism Office and Managing Director at S.G.E.T Consulting
She also works as a business trainer at “Vatel International Business School”. She is Co – Founder of an Association “Keep In Touch” which empowers young female entrepreneurs, she also helps a local NGO Shoals Rodrigues which aims at conservation and preservation of the coastal zone and marine biodiversity. In addition, she is a member of Rotary International and participates a lot in social activities and is the chair of the Young Generation in Rotary. Besides all this, she is also in politics and her aspiration is to be part of the team of future changemakers.
Jaume Moya de Juan
His specialization is filmmaker and computer graphics artist. He is currently a partner in the media production company Filmsnòmades and teaches at ESARDI (School of Art and Design in Amposta, Catalonia). He holds a master’s degree in 3D and post-production for visual effects at FX Animation Barcelona 3D School, April 2015. He graduated in Audiovisual Communication (Media) in June 2011 from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). He complemented his career studying film at FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic).
Professor of Cinema at Lusófona University and President of the Alentejo and Ribatejo Film Commission
He was professor of audiovisuals at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon. He is a scholar at the National Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Arts and Letters of Portugal. He was an audiovisual trainer at the NBAcademia, at Shame and in Cinemalogy at the Associação Académica da Universidade de Coimbra. Producer and director at Faço Filmes. He is a film commissioner for Alentejo and Ribatejo. Jury of several film festivals. Director of the UNESCO Center for Image, Sound and Creativity. Graduated in Cinema at ECA-USP, São Paulo. PhD candidate in Communication Sciences at Lusófona University.
João Viljoen Vasconcelos
Adjunct Professor at the School of Tourism and Technology of the Sea – Polytechnic Institute of Leiria
Geographer with a passion for photography. He has a Master’s degree in Land Management and Environmental Planning and a PhD in Environment. He was chief coordinator of the Tourism Research Group (GITUR) of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria from 2013-2016 and executive director of the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation. He is currently a full-time researcher at the Centre for Geographical Studies of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon (CEG/IGOT).
Professor emeritus of practice and media strategist, retired since 2019
He is a guest lecturer on “storytelling”, “converged newsrooms” and “crowdfunding” in Ireland, South Africa and the Netherlands, among others. He created the international documentary course “CampusDoc” in 2010, together with his friend and colleague Brian Maston, in cooperation with the City University of New York (CUNY). As a lecturer (2006-2018) at the School of Journalism, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences UUAS (Netherlands). He coordinated a convergent newsroom with a focus on broadcast TV and web talk-shows, all broadcast on the local TV station. Between 1982 and 2006 John was a journalist, finally as editor-in-chief of RTV Utrecht (radio-TV + web).
Tour guide, creator of the Lisbon Movie Tour and travel and lifestyle blogger.
With a PhD in cinema, completed at the New University of Lisbon (Portugal), she works as a freelance photographer and journalist. Her areas of interest range between visual art, photography, visual anthropology, tourism and documentary. Liliana collaborates with several European film festivals and Italian web TV.
Translator and Tourist Accommodation Business Manager
She was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and has been living in Portugal for 30 years. She has a degree in Psychology from Vilnius University. She worked at the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment as Public Relations Manager of the Lithuanian Pavilion at EXPO’98 in Lisbon. From 1998 to 2014, she was Head of Chancery at the Lithuanian Embassy in Portugal. She is also a Lithuanian/Portuguese and Portuguese/Lithuanian translator.
Specialized digital consultant, entrepreneur and skydiving and adventure tourism professional
He has been involved in numerous innovative projects and initiatives and has been part of a number of notable teams around the world. From the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of Africa, Mike has skydived in 14 different countries around the world and has been actively involved in various aspects of high level tourism & adventure events & activities throughout Southern Africa for over two decades. He is involved in several successful businesses and visionary adventures.
Rui Barbosa Batista
Journalist, blogger and travel leader
He has in his luggage experiences in over 100 countries, part of which are portrayed in his book BORNFREEE – O Mundo é uma Aventura. She is vice-president of ABVP – Association of Portuguese Travel Bloggers and holds the same position at the centenary Cooperativa de Solidariedade Social do Povo Portuense.
Project Coordinator in Riga Municipality, Latvia
She was Director of the International Tourism Film Festival “Tourfilm Riga” (a member of CIFFT) from 2008 to 2019. A graduate of the University of Latvia, she started her career as an editor at “Latvian Encyclopaedia”. Then she joined the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Business Promotion Manager. In 2004, she started working in Riga Municipality as Director of the Tourism and Information Coordination Center. For 7 years, the Center was responsible for tourism development in Riga City. Later, she joined the Foreign Affairs Office of the Riga Municipality. In 2008, she organized the first “Tourfilm Riga”, supported by Riga City Council.
Documentary Filmmaker, Consultant and Producer
Degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, 2001). Master’s student in communication management at BSM-UPF (Barcelona, 2018-2019). Trained in Europe in documentary production by the Eurodoc training program (2016). Founding member and director of Filmsnòmades. Played an important role in the execution of Terres Travel Festival – Films & Creativity (Tortosa, Spain), member of CIFFT (International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals) since 2019. Since October 2016, he leads the communication consultancy PVS Media, specialized in communicative support to tourism companies.
Award-winning filmmaker from India, known for his acclaimed documentary and short films such as Dreadful Fate, Satyabhama and Welcome to Telangana. From humble origins, growing up in a small town called Mancherial in the state of Telangana, India, he received the prestigious U.S. State Department scholarship in 2011 to study film at the Scottsdale School of Film and Theatre in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has also been a delegate and speaker at various international conferences and film festivals in the US, Canada, Pakistan and Iran. He has represented the government of Telangana to promote state film tourism in various international film markets and festivals in Cannes, Toronto, Dubai and Goa.
Director of the Zagreb Tourfilm Festival
Photographer, filmmaker, travel journalist and an avid adventurer, she travels to the most exotic corners of the world. Her film experience, gained at the famous Jadran Film Studio – referred to at the time as European Hollywood – was gained through highly responsible financial and production positions and films together with famous directors, actors and other producers. After that, he founded BALDUČI FILM, producing many successful documentaries, feature films and tourism promotional films. He has received numerous awards at Croatian and international film festivals and is a member of the Croatian Filmmakers Association and the Croatian Producers Association. The Zagreb Tourfilm Festival, is run in close cooperation with Zagreb Tourism, promoting the city’s importance in tourism.
Research Intern at Destination Stewardship Center
Born and raised in Canada, she became fascinated with the intersection of culture at an early age. With an honors degree from the University of Toronto and years of living abroad, her interest and experiences evolved into several creative projects and a social enterprise that focused on community building and collaborative art. Her professional background in marketing and business development also led her to create a platform that connects people through storytelling, showcasing global artisans and their cultural heritage. With a desire to gain knowledge and practical skills in sustainable tourism management, she enrolled in the Master’s program at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. Environmental conservation and sustainable destination development are the areas she is most passionate about.
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Tourism, Wakayama University and Director of the Japan Tourism Film Festival
He was born in the Nishijin district of Kyoto, which is known as a Japanese film district. After graduating from Kyoto Institute of Technology, he explored various countries, Sri Lanka, China, and the USA as an architect, and studied urban morphology at University College London. After returning to Japan, he conducted research on how to extract narrative stories from local cities; and, wrote screenplays in Rakugo and short films. He has produced several short films as producer and director.
CEO – International Business Developer
Born in Germany and raised in Portugal, his half-century of life would make a film. Since there was no producer to take on this project, he began his own. And they have been coming and going for 28 years, but they are translations. Sometimes tedious scripts, it is true, that have led him to scrabble around in the linguistic diversity of this wonderful world. And there are already 5 languages, plus the east one, in which he writes. They make life easier for him outside Portugal (and inside as well) and have earned him extra shots of vodka in the land of the Lithuanian woman who captured his heart. She had more stamps in her passport when her two kids were small. Now, when they are grown up, she travels more by screen than by plane. The surfers and other tourists that he and she receive at their local accommodation arrive by plane. If Mohammed doesn’t go to the mountain, the mountain goes to Mohammed…
Affiliated to the Administration Department of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Indonesia (Universitas Indonesia)
She obtained her MBA from the University of the Philippines and MA and PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Universitas Indonesia. After 15 years of professional experience in various industries as an HR practitioner, she decided to delve into the academic world. She was invited to share her knowledge and disseminate her research findings as a professor, keynote speaker and lecturer in Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Poland.
Active member of specialized academic journals in different countries and several international conference associations aligned with her research and publications, which focus on leadership, learning and cultural values as well as cyber behavior among multi-generational workers and travelers.
He graduated in economics from the University of Lodz and studied film and television production management at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. From 1976 to 1992 he was a feature film production manager at the Polish studios “Zespoly Filmowe”. Since 1993 he has been linked to Polish animation, first as head of the production department at the film studio Se-ma-for, and from December 1999 to February 2015 as president of the film production company Se-ma-for. From 2008 to 2015, he also served as Head of the Se-ma-for Film Foundation. Creator of Se-Ma-For Film Festival in Lodz (international festival of puppetry and other three-dimensional stop motion animation techniques). Leader of the Working Group for Film of the Program Committee of the Polish Film Academy. The animated films he has produced have won many Polish and international awards at film festivals. The most important is the Oscar (2008) for the short puppet animation film “Peter and the Wolf” (directed by Suzie Templeton).