Chris Bottrill

Chris Bottrill

Director, International, Capilano University

Chris Bottrill is Director, International, at Capilano University, North Vancouver, Canada, and past Dean of three Faculties within the institution. He has taught in a wide array tourism, business, and adventure management fields in universities in Canada, New Zealand, USA and Austria, and he has completed over 50 tourism development projects around the globe.

Chris is also the elected Chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), a global organization that provides aligned advocacy, research, and events to its member organizations consisting of around 100 governments and agencies, 25 international airlines and airports, over 100 hospitality organizations, over 70 educational institutions, 36 chapters worldwide, and hundreds of travel companies in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

His current and recent activities include directing the acclaimed Capilano University and Hanoi Open University Vietnam Community Tourism project aimed at protecting ethnic hill tribe culture through tourism, leading a Pacific Asia study on Indigenous Tourism and Human Rights, and designing and facilitating seven youth symposiums with over 20 universities in the Asia Pacific over the past four years, and leading organizational change in PATA to align membership contributions and optimize outcomes. Chris has presented on tourism related topics at conferences and forums in China, Canada, USA, Russia, Finland, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, and Cambodia.

He holds a PhD from the Faculty of Commerce and School of Management at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, an MA Honours in Geography from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ.

Friday, March 1, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Concurrent Session D2 – Connecting BC and Canada to the World Through Partnerships

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