China Tourism Forum 2019 – USA

Sunday, July 21, 2019 - Monday, July 22, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City 237 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Tourism demand between China and the U.S., two of the world’s largest source markets and destination countries, has been growing at a fast pace. China is now the U.S.’s top source market in terms of visitor spending, and the U.S. is China’s largest long-haul source market.

However, from the ongoing trade tensions to visa policies, travel between China and the U.S. could be affected by numerous emerging and historic factors, representing tremendous opportunities and challenges for the tourism industries in China and the U.S. This calls for more strategic discussions and dialogues between researchers and the tourism and hospitality industry leaders in these two countries.

China Tourism Forum has been organized in mainland China and Hong Kong SAR since 2004, and has been recognized as one of the major annual events for both academics and industry practitioners in China’s tourism and hospitality industry. Building on its 14 years of success, this year’s China Tourism Forum will be held, for the first time in its history, outside China.

Fliggy, Alibaba’s travel brand, serves as a strategic partner of the Forum. Aiming to bridge cutting edge research with innovative practice and to connect western thinking with oriental wisdom, China Tourism Forum 2019 – USA presents a gateway to understanding China’s tourism and hospitality market. By organizing both research paper presentations and industry sharing sessions, this Forum will be a unique platform to foster creativity, to promote cooperation, and to integrate perspectives of academics and industry practitioners.  


  • Wolfgang Georg Arlt, Founder and Director of China Outbound Tourism Research Institute
  • Billy Bai, Associate Dean and Professor of William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)
  • Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor, Walter Kwok Foundation, Professor in International Hospitality Management SHTM, HK PolyU
  • Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company
  • Roger Dow, President and CEO of U.S. Travel Association
  • Anthony Emanuelo, VP Brand Operations,Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
  • Huayong Ge, Chairman of UnionPay International Co
  • Adam Goldstein, Vice Chariman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Julia (Ting Ting) Gong, Global CEO of China Ready® Group
  • Huimin Gu, Dean of School of Tourism Sciences at Beijing International Studies University
  • Shengkang He, Senior Counselor, World Tourism Cities Federation
  • Songshan (Sam) Huang, Professor at School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University
  • Pam Inman, President of National Tour Association
  • Ceridwyn King, Chair of Tourism and Hospitality Management Department at Temple University
  • Xiang (Robert) Li, Professor and Director of U.S.-Asia Center for Tourism and Hospitality Research at Temple University
  • Mark Lomanno, Partner and Senior Advisor, Kalibri Labs
  • Bill Siegel, Founder & Executive Chairman, Longwoods International
  • Kai Wang, Chief Strategy Officer, Atour Life
  • Youcheng Wang, Dean of Rosen College of Hospitality Management at University of Central Florida
  • Xiang Wei, President of T&T Negotiations
  • Ernest Wooden, Jr., President & CEO of Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board
  • Ying Zhang, Professor of School of Management at Minzu University of China
  • Mengchao (Michael) Chen, Vice President of Wanda Hotel & Resorts 


The China Tourism Forum is an engaging conference for industry leaders and practitioners interested in tourism and hospitality market development in China and U.S., such as:

  • Executives and industry practitioners interested in tourism and hospitality market development in China and US
  • Researchers and consultants in hospitality, tourism and other related fields
  • Academics, educators and students in the fields of hospitality and tourism

Reserve your ticket for this leading-edge conference. Early bird pricing available through June 21!

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