Speakers

Vincent Zammit

MA (Baroque Studies), BA (Mediterranean Studies) is a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Tourism Studies (Malta) and the University of Malta. He has been involved in Maltese culture, heritage and tourism since 1978. Vincent Zammit has authored a number of studies and books and has produced a number of radio and television programmes on Maltese history and culture. He has delivered lectures to various cultural groups on different subjects, in Malta and abroad. Vincent has contributed papers and chapters in foreign publications regarding religious tourism, events, and tourism in general.

Dr. Daniel H. Olsen

Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA, before working for 6 years in the Department of Geography at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Olsen has published over 50 book chapters and journal articles related to the intersections between religion, spirituality, and tourism, which are his main areas of research inquiry. His edited books include Tourism, Religion and Spiritual Journeys (2006), Religious Pilgrimage Routes and Trails: Sustainable Development and Management (2018), Dark Tourism and Pilgrimage (2019).

Dr. Maria da Graça Lopes da Silva Mouga Poças

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, School of Education and Social Sciences – Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal, where she has worked since 1988. Maria holds a degree in Geography (1987), Masters in Human Geography (1993) and PhD in Geography (2005) from the University of Coimbra. Her main scientific areas of research are religious tourism and pilgrimage, cultural geography religious geography (territory and spirituality; sanctuaries) and cultural tourism (itineraries, cultural heritage, identity and territory). Prof. Santos has published extensively as author and editor in her scientific areas of interest.