Professor Rhodri Thomas was the opening keynote speaker at the third Global Events Congress & China Events Education Conference recently held in Guangzhou, China. 

The event was hosted jointly by Sun Yat-sen University, China, and the University of Queensland, Australia.  The conference theme was Events, Business Travel, Tourism & Education and attracted papers from across the world. 

Drawing on his work with the private and public sector, Professor Thomas' contribution examined ways in which theory might more effectively inform policy development in this field. 

Commenting on the conference, he remarked, "It was a great privilege to be invited and a wonderful opportunity to strengthen scholarly links between UK Centre for Events Management and colleagues in other leading international centres for events and festivals research and education."