Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu

Bulls Notebook: USFSM sets online talk about Brexit’s tourism impact

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: July 01, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (July 1, 2016) Britain’s pullout from the European Union is roiling markets and threatening trade deals. Now add another discouraging trend that could hit Florida pocketbooks: a downturn in tourists from the UK.

The United Kingdom is grappling with currency declines – the pound has dropped 10 percent against the dollar – that will make travel to Florida more expensive and could put off holiday plans for many.

Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, a USF Sarasota-Manatee tourism expert, is organizing an online panel discussion next week to gauge the Brexit’s impact on UK tourism.

“This may have significant consequences,” said Dr. Cobanoglu, director of USFSM’s M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation.

In addition to lower currency values, airlines departing England may face additional taxes that would further hit travelers. To understand Brexit’s impact on Florida, Dr. Cobanoglu is organizing an online panel discussion with travel and tourism experts Wednesday, July 6, at 11 a.m.

The talk is free and open to anyone. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/147278858615481603.

Dr. Cobanoglu will serve as moderator. The speakers include: Dr. Dimitrios Buhalis, director of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality and deputy director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research at Bournemouth University, England; Kevin Kaley, director and vice chairman of the Tourism Society, England; and Dr. Jerry D. Parrish, chief economist and director of research at the Florida Chamber Foundation.

Paper co-authored by USFSM scholar wins top award

Kudos to Dr. Michael Gillespie, assistant professor of psychology. A paper he co-authored won the 2015 Journal of Organizational Behavior Best Paper. The Journal of Organizational Behavior is a top psychology and business journal.

The winning paper is entitled, “Which comes first, organizational culture or performance? A longitudinal study of causal priority with automobile dealerships.”

The award will be presented Aug. 8 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the journal’s annual editorial review board meeting at the Academy of Management, a professional association for management and organization scholars.

New WiFi service coming to USFSM

USF Sarasota-Manatee students, faculty and staff will soon gain access to on-campus WiFi service eduRoam.

The WiFi alternative will appear as an option on laptops and mobile devices perhaps as early as next week.

The eduRoam service is a network of educational and research organizations that provides secure, user-friendly, wireless service to students, faculty and others on campus. The system will work on USF campuses, and users who register will be able to connect with other U.S. colleges.

User credentials are not revealed to guest institutions. Instead, credentials authenticate back to the “home” campus, providing a simple guest provisioning system. The University of Florida and Florida State University are already connected to eduRoam.

Eventually, eduRoam will replace USF Gold WiFi network, which will remain available into the start of the fall semester.

USFSM sets blood drive

Rocky is urging students, faculty and staff to donate blood when the Suncoast Blood Bank Bus arrives on campus Wednesday, July 6, from noon to 4 p.m.

USFSM is hosting the event in support of the Orlando shooting victims, but donations will be kept local.

Contact Allyson Hanson, 941-359-4465, or Kimberly Mones, 941-359-4268, for questions or more information.

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