11:00-11:30 The impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry: new reality and new opportunities
Mr Vitalij Vladykin,
Research Manager of Services and Payment, Euromonitor International Strategic Market Research Provider


11:30-12:00 Demand for the Youth networking for sustainable tourism development in the BSR STENetY
Dr. Diana Šaparnienė,
Professor of Sport, Recreation and Tourism Department of Klaipėda University, Lithuania


12:00-12:30 How COVID-19 could change mobility
Prof. Stefan Gössling,
Professor of Tourism, Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Kalmar, Sweden

12:30–13:00 Understanding Gen Z travellers and their preferences in the context of COVID-19 Ms Lyublena Dimova, Research Project Manager, European Travel Commission

Vitalij Vladykin | Research Manager Services and Payments Euromonitor International

V. Vladykin joined Euromonitor International, the world’s leading provider of business intelligence on industries, countries and consumers, as a Research Analyst for Central and Eastern Europe in 2008. As a gratitude for his hard work in 2015 Vitalij was promoted to a Research Manager.

In his current role Vitalij is responsible for managing a team of experienced analysts, who conduct research programme for consumer markets in Eastern Europe and Nordic countries. The team focuses on strategic analyses and monitoring key trends and developments across a numerous FMCG categories, such as retailing, travel, foodservice and payment card.

Prior to joining Euromonitor International, Vitalij has gained experience in banking sphere, where he was responsible for cooperation with corporate customers. In addition, Vitalij regularly writes for industry titles on FMCG market developments. Vitalij graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, where he received a bachelor degree in Economics.

Diana Šaparnienė | PhD in social sciences, Full Professor since 2014, and today – Professor of Management at the University of Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Her research interests include research on innovation leadership in tourism sector, development of health tourism, as well as accessible tourism, expression of e.governance and e.government, and new kind of tourism – e.tourism.

She is an expert in Social research methodology and its branch – Recreation and Tourism research methodology. She has published over 50 articles in national and international journals, such as Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues, Research, Development and Education in Tourism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), Knowledge Spillovers in Regional Innovation Systems (Springer International Publishing), Smart Cities and Regions as Systems of Innovation, British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, ect. Additionally, she is coauthor of Monography, of Scientific Study and three Feasibility studies. She participated in over the fifteen projects; nowadays participating in “Youth Networking for Sustainable Tourism Development in BSR”, “SB Nature Guide Network – Supporting sustainable nature tourism in transboundary coastal areas in the SB Region via establishing a common education scheme for Local Guides” and “Development, promotion and sustainable management of the Baltic Sea Region as a coastal fishing tourism destination”. She is a member of editorial board of two scientific journals. Also, she is supervisor of four doctoral students; two of them have graduated in 2018.

Professor is a member of the Regional Tourism Council; Member of Committee of Joint VDU, KU, MRU, ŠU Doctoral Consortium; Member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

Prof Stefan Gössling | Professor of Tourism, Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Kalmar, Sweden

Stefan Gössling has studied interrelationships of tourism, transport and sustainability for a quarter of a century.

In the early 1990s, his work focused on aviation and the sector’s contribution to emissions of greenhouse gases. Since then he has started to investigate a wide range of different transport modes, including the car, bicycle, and e-scooter.

He is specifically interested in climate policy and transport governance, the digitalisation of tourism and transport, transport economics, urban planning, and social norm change in consumer cultures.

His work has been conducted in a wide range of cultural and geographical settings in the European Union, the Middle East, East Africa/Western Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean. He also worked as a consultant on behalf of numerous governments and companies, as well as supranational organisations including UNWTO, UNEP, UNDP, OECD and World Bank.

His ambition is to contribute to basic and applied science, with the overall objective to develop solutions for a growing number of environmental problems.

Besides numerous visiting professorships in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Sweden he since 2009 works as a Professor of Tourism at Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics in Kalmar, Sweden.

Ms Lyublena Dimova | Research Project Manager, European Travel Commission

Graduated in 2015 in Tourism Management and Hospitality from both the University of Central Florida and ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Ms Dimova has since been working at the European Travel Commission (ETC), as part of the research and development team. Her main responsibilities include continuous monitoring of trends in the European tourism sector and short-term forecasting of travel demand from key overseas markets. As well as her constant communication with Destination Management Organisations, she is in charge of the development of ETC’s Executive Dashboard – a “data hub” that provides simple access to key indicators and market intelligence information for the travel and tourism industry in Europe.

Ms Dimova is also involved in research activities of the European Tourism Association (ETOA), European Commission (EC) and the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).