On 6 December 2022, APAEM symposium “Contemporary Issues in Tourism Economics” hosted by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management (APAEM) of the University of Macau (UM) was successfully held online. The symposium was devoted to the discussion of contemporary issues in tourism economics that yields methodology and policy insights for tourism reconstruction in the post-pandemic era. It has attracted academics, students, and practitioners from Macao and overseas.
During the symposium, five scholars specializing in tourism economics presented their latest research in turn. They include Prof. Haiyan Song, Associate Dean and Chair Professor, Mr and Mrs Chan Chak Fu Professor in International Tourism, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Prof. Maria Santana Gallego, Vice Dean and Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of the Balearic Islands; Prof. Pui Sun Tam, Associate Professor in Business Economics, Faculty of Business Administration, and Research Team Member, Asian Economics Team, APEAM, UM; Prof. Neelu Seetaram, Professor of Tourism Economics, School of Event, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Leeds Beckett University; Prof. Paolo Figini, Associate Professor of Economic Policy and Director of the Second Cycle Degree in Tourism and Management, Department of Economics, University of Bologna.
The presentations cover topics on predicting tourism recovery from COVID-19, flexibilizing visa procedures to boost tourism, identifying structural factors that drive global tourism, uncovering determinants of travel intention during COVID-19, and estimating impacts of climate change on tourism prices. The talks were well-received by the participants. The speakers and participants also actively exchanged their views and opinions during the question-and-answer session.