Ian is probably the world's only professional futurologist dedicated to specializing in travel and tourism. Ian learned his trade as the scenario planner for VisitScotland, where he established the process of futures thinking within the organisation using a variety of techniques including economic modelling, trends analysis and scenario construction. Today he is a leading academic researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, where he is science leader on a project commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development to examine and position the future of tourism in the country along a timeline to 2050 (see www.tourism2050.com). As a Visiting Professor at Stenden University's European Tourism Futures Institute (www.etfi.eu) he is a team member of a €7m futures research programme examining tourism in the Friesland province of the Netherlands.
Ian has published extensively within the field of tourism futures, with articles published in leading academic journals such as Futures, Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research and Journal of Vacation Marketing on a variety of topics from climate change, artificial intelligence and consumer trends - all within the context of travel and tourism. He is a popular keynote speaker at conferences such as ITB, Travel and Tourism Research Association, UNWTO Logic, New Zealand Commerce Commission and Failte Ireland on topics including sleep, digital behaviour, technology, future timelines, food tourism and consumers.
Ian has a PhD in Management Science from Edinburgh Napier University, BSc (Hons) in Catering Systems from Sheffield Hallam University and presently completing a postgraduate teaching certificate. Previously, Ian was Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Edinburgh Napier University and University College, Birmingham. He has extensive experience within the hospitality industry, for which he was a hotel manager with Trusthouse Forte.
Ian has received a number of awards in recognition of his research including his appointment as an Honorary Professor of Tourism Management at Stirling University, Visiting Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Forte Foundation Scholarship and the Mike Simpson Award from the Operational Research Society.
Ian is the founding editor of the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Globalisation Studies and Research in Hospitality Management. Ian is also a member of a number of industry expert panels including Techcast and UNWTO.
He is the author/editor of 12 books including Demography, Revenue Management, Family Tourism and Festivals & Events Management. Forthcoming books include The Future of Events and Festivals, The Future of Food Tourism and the Future of European Tourism. Within New Zealand, Ian serves as a committee member on the Futures Trust and is Vice Chair of the Millennium Project.
Ian presents his views on technology futures to the OECD – 21st June here.
Ian profiled in Qatar Airways Oryx Magazine about the 'life of a futurist' here.
The future history of Revenue Management here.
The future of ping pong here.
Ian publishes research paper on scenario planning and policy in the Journal of Tourism Futures here.
The Future of Food Tourism reviewed in Annals of Leisure Research here.
Ian speaks to the EU on the future tourist here.
Fifteen years of Revenue Management here.
Ian appointed series editor by Channelview about the future of tourism Read More.
The Future Tourist: Ian speaking at the European Travel Commission on the 8th September in Vienna More.
Dr Ian Yeoman to keynote at CHME 4-6th May at Ulster University on the future of food More.
Ian to speak on the future of tourism at the New Zealand Airports Association on the 11th September: More.
Ian to speak at Sri Lanka World Tourism Day conference: More.
The Future of Science: Ian guest edits the Royal Society's journal here.
New publication: New Zealand's Sustainable Future and Maori Identity.
The Future of Food Tourism at Wellington on a Plate – 25th August 2015 More.
New publication: The Future of Knitting Tourism.
Ian will be speaking on Emerging Trends in Food Tourism – 9th April, Lisbon. More.
The future of hospitality: Hotel Yearbook 2015.
FACTOR interview: Ian on the future of travel here.
New publication: The Future of Book Festivals.
New publication: The Future of Family Tourism.
New publication: The Future of Urban Spas.
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