THE-ICE Virtual International Panel of Experts (VIPoE) 2020

26th – 29th October 2020

In view of the current COVID-19 global impact and travel restrictions, THE-ICE has made the difficult decision to postpone THE-ICE 14th IPoE Forum 2020, which was to be hosted by the University of Derby in October. Although postponed, THE-ICE is delighted to confirm that the THE-ICE 14th IPoE Forum will still be proudly hosted by the University of Derby, and is anticipated to be held during the week of 25th October 2021. The Forum theme will remain ‘Securing Our Future – Exploring Sustainability in & of Tourism and Hospitality Education’.

Furthermore, in place of THE-ICE IPoE Forum, THE-ICE is organising ‘THE-ICE VIPoE 2020’ (Virtual IPoE) with the theme ‘Exploring the Post-pandemic ‘New Normal’ of TH&E Education and Quality Assurance’. THE-ICE VIPoE 2020 will provide an opportunity for THE-ICE network to come together, network, and support one another during these exceptional times.


In view of current challenges, THE-ICE has decided to make the VIPoE 2020 registration available to all our members at no cost.  However, we encourage members to consider making a donation to one of our corporate social responsibility partners in lieu of the registration fee. We understand that the pandemic has created difficult economic situations for individuals as well as organisations, but we wish to highlight that even in these times, the challenges faced by many are far greater and more urgent.

Therefore, if you or your organisation are able to make a contribution towards supporting the wonderful work of one (or both) of THE-ICE CSR partners, it would be greatly appreciated:


Mary’s Meals

Click here to read more about THE-ICE’s commitment to Mary’s Meals




Click here to read more about THE-ICE’s commitment to KOTO



Please register for all sessions you plan to attend.

VIPoE Panel Sessions & AGM

  1. Opening Address & Virtual Panel Session 1The ‘New Normal’ Hospitality and Tourism Landscape – an Industry Perspective 
  2. Virtual Panel Session 2: TH&E Education in the Post-Pandemic Era – Strategies for Survival and Growth & VIPoE Wrap Up Session
  3. THE-ICE Annual General Meeting

Please ensure RSVP is complete and returned to as per AGM notice sent on 1st September. Please email THE-ICE Company Secretary for information regarding the AGM.

Proposed Programme


Keynote Speakers & Panellists

Dr Paul Whitelaw

Academic Director, The Hotel School Partnership, Southern Cross University, Australia & Chair, THE-ICE Board

Mr Björn Olthof

Senior Manager Graduate Recruitment Europe, Middle East & Africa at Hilton, Netherlands 

Further developments and details will be added in the near future. Thank you for your understanding and support.