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 hosting 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 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.

THE-ICE has been privileged to have leading educators from countries such as Austria, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, China, India, Thailand, Korea, the UK and USA to address the Forums. The experts are not only invited to address the theme, but also to be part of an interactive and dynamic session. A number of past presentations are available on the respective past IPoE web pages (see below).

In 2011, THE-ICE initiated the Benchmarking Roundtable Series (BRS) to complement the IPoE Forum and encourage knowledge-sharing and the development of best-practice. Held 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. The BRS offers both educators and administrative staff from participating institutions the opportunity to gain insight into the practices of peer institutions, and allows for the sharing of alternative and new approaches  to identify and develop best-practice models and collectively identify solutions to common issues being faced. 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.

Chronicle of past Forums and hosts

THE-ICE 16th IPoE Forum 2023

Proudly hosted by William Angliss Institute, Melbourne, Australia from 30 October – 1 November 2023.

Theme: Leading Change in Challenging Times – Finding and Framing the Transformative TH&E graduates for the 21st Century.

THE-ICE 15th IPoE Forum 2022

Proudly hosted by The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 7-9 November, 2022.

Theme: Hospitality and Tourism Higher Education; Connecting Minds and Creating the Future

THE-ICE 14th IPoE Forum 2021

Proudly hosted by University of Derby, United Kingdom from 25-27 October, 2021.

Theme: Securing our Future – Exploring Sustainability in & of Tourism and Hospitality Education

THE-ICE Virtual IPoE (VIPoE) 2020

Theme: Exploring the Post-pandemic ‘New Normal’ of TH&E Education and Quality Assurance

THE-ICE 14th IPoE Forum 2020 (postponed)

Proudly hosted by University of Derby, United Kingdom from 26-29 October, 2020.

Theme: Securing our Future – Exploring Sustainability in & of Tourism and Hospitality Education

THE-ICE 13th IPoE Forum 2019

Proudly co-hosted by Lyceum of the Philippines University and University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines from 14-17 October, 2019.

Theme: A Quantum Leap in Excellence – Education Without Borders

THE-ICE 12th IPoE Forum 2018

Proudly hosted by Dusit Thani College in Bangkok, Thailand from 11-14 November, 2018.

Theme: Creating Advanced Learning Experiences

Click below to view some of the highlights from the 2018 Forum in Bangkok, Thailand.

THE-ICE 11th IPoE Forum 2017

Proudly hosted by William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, Australia, from 13-16 November, 2017.

Theme: Scholarly Excellence in the Age of Compliance

Click below to view the video highlights from the 2017 Forum in Melbourne, Australia.

THE-ICE 10th IPoE Forum 2016

Proudly hosted by César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, a member of the Swiss Education Group, in Lucerne, Switzerland, from 9-12 November, 2016.

Theme: Excellence – Defined and Measured


THE-ICE 9th IPoE Forum 2015

Proudly hosted by Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, from 25-28 November, 2015.

Theme: Real World Learning in Tourism & Hospitality


THE-ICE 8th IPoE Forum 2014

Proudly hosted by Charles Darwin University School of Business and School of Service Industries, Darwin, Australia, from 11-14 November, 2014.

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


THE-ICE 7th IPoE Forum 2013

Proudly hosted by Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Sydney, Australia, from 6-8 November, 2013.

Theme: The Industry Education Nexus – a global perspective


THE-ICE 6th IPoE Forum 2012

Proudly hosted by the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 18-20 November, 2012.

Theme: Changing times in tourism and hospitality education

THE-ICE 5th IPoE Forum 2011

Proudly hosted by Taylor’s University, Malaysia, from 23-25 November, 2011.

Theme: Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Education

THE-ICE 5th IPoE Forum 2010 (postponed)

Organised to be held at the Naresuan University Centre, 2-3 June 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Due to civil unrest in central Bangkok in late May 2010, and in the interests of safety and security interests of our panel presenters and attendees, the decision was made to cancel the IPoE Forum.

THE-ICE 4th IPoE Forum 2009

Proudly hosted by The Hotel School Sydney, in Sydney, Australia, from 12-13 October, 2009.

Theme: Developing Excellence in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Education

THE-ICE 3rd IPoE Forum 2008

Proudly hosted by the Australian School of Management, Perth, Australia, in conjunction with the 6th Asia-Pacific (APacCHRIE) Conference in May, 2008.

Theme:  Developing and Delivering Industry-relevant Education and Research

THE-ICE 2nd IPoE Forum 2006

The second International Panel of Experts Forum was held at Conrad Jupiter’s on the Gold Coast, Australia in November, 2006.

Theme: Internationalisation of Tourism and Hospitality Education

THE-ICE 1st IPoE Forum 2005

The inaugural International Panel of Experts Forum was held in November, 2005 at the Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast Australia.

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