Cornell Named Exclusive Academic Partner of IESE Business School for International Tourism Summit

The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University is the exclusive academic partner of IESE Business School for the second International Tourism Summit, scheduled for March 4, 2011, in Barcelona, Spain. Steve Carvell, associate dean for academic affairs, and Rohit Verma, professor and executive director of the Center for Hospitality Research, will both be leading panel discussions, and several SHA alumni and corporate partners will be featured speakers. The invitation-only conference is organized by the IESE Business School and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

"We are honored to partner with IESE Business School, one of the world's premier educational institutions, on the second edition of the International Tourism Summit, and we are delighted to feature Cornell faculty and alumni senior leaders on the program. This is a great opportunity to share SHA's research and expertise with tourism ministers and senior leaders from the EMEA hospitality marketplace," said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor of Hotel Administration.

The International Tourism Summit attracts government tourism ministers, executives from top tourism companies, and industry thought leaders as they explore key challenges, analyze future trends, and share innovative practices. The first edition of the International Tourism Summit was held on May 4, 2009, at the IESE Business School in Spain. Participants included more than 100 senior industry leaders from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

The IESE Business School has campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and facilities in Munich, New York, and Sao Paulo, the school also delivers diverse programs in key international cities all over the world. IESE offers the MBA, Global Executive MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD in Management programs, as well as a wide range of executive education programs for senior managers and continuing education programs for alumni.

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