Wednesday 9th March, 12:00 - 17:00pm
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus.
Technologies have had a massive impact on society and transformed how we work, live and experience travel. Social and mobile technologies have particularly enabled people to connect on an unprecedented scale, with any device, anywhere and at any time. While technologies enhance our professional and private lives in numerous ways, there is increasing evidence that people are no longer ‘switching off’. Leisure travel, grounded in the motivation of escapism and the reversal of everyday life, has traditionally had the purpose to switch off, refresh and restore body and mind. What happens however if ‘going off the grid’ is no longer an option in our hyper-connected and work-centred lifestyles?
Programme: A series of cutting-edge presentations followed by an interactive panel discussion.
|12.00-12.30||Arrival and Registration at Kimmeridge House Foyer|
|12.30-13.00||Welcome and workshop opening|
|©||Prof Keith Wilkes (Dean of Faculty of Management)
Welcome to Bournemouth University
|©||Dr Barbara Neuhofer and Prof Adele Ladkin (Event Organisers and Chairs)
Welcome and event opening
|13.00-15.00||Presentations: “Going off the Grid: Challenges and expectations of employee connectivity during travel.”|
|Keynote speech: TBC|
|©||Dr Zornitza Yovcheva (Augmented Reality Expert and User Experience Consultant, WeAreExperience London): The future is a connected life: Wearable technologies and ubiquitous connectivity|
|©||Prof Dimitrios Buhalis (Director eTourismLab, Bournemouth University): To connect or not to connect: Is this a question?|
|©||Dr Lauren Kita (Mindfulness Therapist and Research Psychologist, Bournemouth University): Switching off: The importance of disconnecting for restoration of body and mind during travel|
|©||Dr Juliet Jain (Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England): Connected or disconnected? Technology, travel and wellbeing|
|©||Claire Steiner (Institute of Travel & Tourism): Strategies to switch-off: A human resources perspective|
|Graham Wason (All being well) Technology and wellbeing|
|Olivia O’Sullivan (Green House Hotel) TBC|
|15.30-16.30||Moderated panel discussion and interactive Q&A session with the audience, discussing the question: “Switching off from technology and work on holiday: Future necessity or pure luxury?”|