The 6th and final Corfu Symposium draws an international audience 

We have recently said goodbye to all the delegates who attended this year’s 6th Corfu Symposium on Managing & Marketing Places. What an amazing group of people, all inspired to discuss various aspects of place management and marketing.

The Symposium was officially opened with a welcome to delegates from the Mayor of Corfu Mr Konstantinos Nikolouzos, and Vice Mayor for Tourism Mr Vasilis Kavadias. This truly international Symposium attracted papers authored by 61 academics from 35 institutions in China, Cyprus, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, the UK, and USA.

In addition, delegates were treated to two keynote speeches, the first from Institute of Place Management Director, Dr Steve Millington who talked about the role of football in place, the second from Frantz Dhers, French CEO of Original's, the consulting firm which helps companies to respect and promote local host cultures under their influence, through the concept of "Corporate Cultural Responsibility". There was also a great interactive special session led by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Dr Brendan Keegan, who took delegates on an “Ethno-Archaeological Review of Social Networking”, that also involved a live demo of the Mentimeter interactive feedback app, in the form of a pub quiz about social media.

The prize for Best Paper was awarded to Costas Theodoridis and Oliver Kayas, from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK for their paper “Connecting place managers to places: The challenge of moving beyond tacit knowledge informed placemaking decisions in the UK”. Many congratulations to both authors.

This will be our last Symposium in Corfu for the time being, but the Institute of Place Management will continue to bring this amazing academic and practitioner community together at future events.