International Panel of Experts (IPoE) Forum

International Panel of Experts (IPoE) Forum

With the guidance of our Board of Directors, THE-ICE undertakes strategic activities including conference and workshop events that are open to our global network as well as other interested individuals or organisations in the TH&E (tourism, hospitality and events) fields.

THE-ICE IPoE (International Panel of Experts) Forums were established to offer a series of high-level events focusing on strategic issues facing tourism, hospitality and events and culinary arts education (TH&E). Each IPoE Forum has a highly focused theme, and leading experts from around the world are invited to speak on issues surrounding TH&E education, accreditation, benchmarking and the development of Best Practice.

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Our global network of institutions also engage in our BRS (Benchmarking Roundtable Series) workshop events. Each focusing on a specific topic, our BRS workshops encourage the sharing of knowledge. Offering educators and administrative staff from participating institutions an opportunity to gain insight into the practices of peer institutions, alternative and new approaches are shared to identify and develop best-practice models and to collectively identify solutions to common issues being faced.

The History of THE-ICE IPoE Forums

In 2005 THE-ICE launched its first IPoE (International Panel of Experts) Forum with the vision that it would be a series of high-level events focusing on the strategic issues facing tourism, hospitality, events and culinary arts education (TH&E). Since then the IPoE Forum has become a signature event of THE-ICE with highly focused themes and sub-themes, providing outstanding opportunities for global industry and academic experts to present their views, and for members and non-members to network and develop collaborative synergy.

In 2011, to complement the IPoE Forum, encourage knowledge-sharing and the development of best-practice, THE-ICE initiated the Benchmarking Roundtable Series (BRS). Held bi-annually, and open exclusively to THE-ICE members and invited guests, the BRS focuses on specific benchmarking areas such as internship, industry advisory boards, governance structures, graduate outcomes, curriculum design & development, and academic integrity etc. The BRS offers both educators and administrative staff from participating institutions the opportunity to gain insight into the practices of peer institutions. At the conclusion of each BRS event, a “Best Practice Guide” is distributed to members of knowledge shared and the development of any best-practice models.

Since 2014, the second BRS of the year has been dovetailed as a Pre-Forum Workshop at the start of the IPoE Forum. The aim is to increase attendance to both events while offering the maximum value to network members by consolidating travel and other outgoings. From 2016 onwards, only one BRS will be organised, to be dovetailed to the IPoE Forum for reason as stated above.

Chronicle of IPoE Hosts

2017 11th IPoE ForumWilliam Angliss Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Theme: Scholarly Excellence in the Age of Compliance

2016 10th IPoE Forum César Ritz Colleges Switzerland

Theme: Excellence – Defined and Measured


2015 9th IPoE Forum – Stenden University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Theme: Real World Learning in Tourism and Hospitality


2014 8th IPoE Forum – Charles Darwin University, Australia

Theme: Developing Quality and Value-adding to Partnerships between Institutions


2013 7th IPoE Forum – Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in Sydney, Australia

Theme: The Industry Education Nexus – a global perspective


2012 6th IPoE Forum – The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Theme: Changing times in tourism and hospitality education

2011 5th IPoE Forum – Taylor’s University, Malaysia

Theme: Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Education

2009 4th IPoE Forum – The Hotel School Sydney, Australia

Theme: Developing Excellence in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Education

2008 3rd IPoE Forum – Australian School of Management in Perth, Australia

Theme:  Developing and Delivering Industry-relevant Education and Research

2006 2nd IPoE Forum – Gold Coast, Australia

Theme: Internationalisation of Tourism and Hospitality Education

2005 1st IPoE Forum – Gold Coast, Australia

Theme: Critical Issues and Future Directions of Tourism and Hospitality Education