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Short Biography


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Since 2005, Dr. Alexis Papathanassis is a Professor for Cruise Management and e-Tourism at the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences. Alexis is Dean for the Faculty of Economics and Business, Co-Director of the Institute for Maritime Tourism and Chairman of the Cruise Research Society.  He is also visiting Professor at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences and the Russian Academy of Foreign Trade, and a member of the German Tourism Research Society.   Alexis’ publication activity mainly focuses on the cruise sector and comprises over 50 contributions to textbooks, peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences.

Moreover, he regularly acts as a consultant to numerous tour operators and cruise companies, working with them on their business development activities. Over the last years, Alexis has been conducting research in e-tourism focusing on the domain of IT strategy, project management, technology diffusion on and usability design.  Prior to joining fulltime academia, Alexis pursued a career at TUI, Europe's leading tourism group. Joining the group as a management trainee in 1999, Alexis was appointed project manager & process engineer in 2001. In 2003, he became a business unit manager at TUI Contracting AG and was accountable for the company's business interfaces and operations support areas. Upon his departure from the group as a business development manager with TUI Infotec, Alexis had already participated and successfully led various systems integration projects s in six TUI subsidiaries around Europe.

Born and raised in a family of tourism entrepreneurs on the island of Rhodes (Greece), Alexis has internalised the daily specifics of incoming tourism and the challenges of destination management policies.  Alexis graduated with a degree in Business Administration at the University of Bath in 1996. He gained his MSc in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems with distinction from the London School of Economics & Political Science in 1997. Following a military service in Greece and parallel to his professional career, Alexis successfully completed his PhD in Economic Sciences at the Leibniz University (Hanover) in Germany.  His doctoral thesis focused on the post-merger management of information and communication technologies within the tourism sector. The corresponding doctoral dissertation was published by the Deutsche Universitätsverlag (DUV).  

Alexis spends his free time with his two daughters. In line with his tourism m family tradition and early exposure to the holiday sector, Alexis loves travelling and takes particular pleasure immerging in the customs, traditions, history and language of foreign cultures. He is a dedicated scuba diver and enjoys catamaran sailing.