• "Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels." (Nikos Kazantzakis)

  • "Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity." (Aristotle)

  • "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" (Albert Einstein)


  • 07.11.2018:  SAVE THE DATE - 6th International Cruise Conference to take place in Bremerhaven (Germany) between 13-15th of June 2019.   Visit the ICC6 Conference Website (Here).  The Call for Papers can also be downloaded (here)

  • 26.07.2018:  Our upcoming book with Springer is in production "Yellow Tourism:  Crime and Corruption in the Holiday Sector".

  • 05.07.2018:  My paper: "Cruise Management: State of the Art" has received an Emerald Literati Award and can be freely Downloaded here.  The full citation is:  Alexis Papathanassis, (2017) "Cruise tourism management: state of the art", Tourism Review, Vol. 72 Issue: 1, pp.104-119, https://doi.org/10.1108/TR-01-2017-0003.  Since 2017, the paper has been downloaded 1410 times.

  • 10.11.2018:  The Book "Cruise Tourism & Society"  edited by Papathanassis, Lukovic & Vogel, continues its success.  Since its online publication there have been a total of 20.496 chapter downloads in SpringerLink (homepage).
  • 21.04.2018:  Alexis holds guest-lecture series on cruise management and research at the City University of Macau.  




  • 10.06.2015:  The Book "Cruise Tourism & Society"  edited by Papathanassis, Lukovic & Vogel, has exceeded our expectations.  Since its online publication on December 20, 2012, there has been a total of 3590 chapter downloads in SpringerLink.
  • 07.06.2015:  Alexis live panel discussion about cruises on NDR1
  • 01.04.2015:  Alexis attending and presenting in the Confererence for Sustainable Tourism at Kos (Caravia Beach Hotel)


  • 23.09.2014:  Alexis is holding a speech / presentation on the "Cruise Sector and its Future Perspectives" at the Bremen Maritime Week.
  • 14.06.2014:  The Book "Cruise Tourism & Society"  edited by Papathanassis, Lukovic & Vogel, has exceeded our expectations.  Since its online publication on December 20, 2012, there has been a total of 2081 chapter downloads in SpringerLink.
  • 10.06.2014:  Just discovered that the cruise documentary produced by the channel ARTE (incl. Interview with Ross Klein and some other German Professor :-)) is now available on YouTube (Link)
  • 04.06.2014:  I decided to take a shot at blogging by adding a new section on my homepage:  'Thought Bites'.  The 'thought bites' will be updated with some of my premature reflections and unfinished ideas related to tourism.  By all means, pls do not take those seriously...  But if you do, don't hesitate to contact me to discuss them further.
  • 19.05.2014: Alexis to hold a keynote speech at the 2nd ICTR Conference in Poznan (Poland)  link
  • 27.01.2014: The 5th International Cruise Conference which took place in Bremerhaven was successfully completed  link


  • 28.11.2013:   Alexis to hold a keynote speech of the future of European Cruise Destination at the fachforum* Kreuzfahrttourismus in Schleswig-Holstein (Kiel, Germany). link
  • 12.11.2013:   Alexis to present on Research-Based Learning during the GUUGLE Forum (Bremerhaven, Germany). link
  • 05.11.2013:   Alexis to participate as a discussion panelist during the Handelsblatt Kreuzfahrt Kongress (Hamburg, Germany).  The discussion topic is about cruise-related education and vocational training and its future in Grmany link
  • 30.05.2013:   Alexis to chair the Cruise Tourism Track at the 5th International Scientific Conference in Tourism Trends & Advances in Rhodes (Greece)link
  • 27.04.2013:   Upcoming book in Nautical Tourism, co-authored with Alexis - Published by CABI Publishing link


  • 12.12.2012:   Alexis publishes edited handbook (together with Daniela Fahr & Petra Milde) titled:  "Ihr Kurs zur Kreuzfahrt-Karriere: Willkommen an Bord!".  The handbook is intended as a practical guide for those wishing to work onboard a cruiseship and includes guidelines for the entire process (job from application to disembarkation) - The book is in German and available at Amazon link or at BoD link
  • 22.11.2012:   Alexis invited as a keynote speaker at the Kreuzfahrt Kongress 2012, orgnanised by  the Handelsblatt (Germany).  (link)
  • 07.11.2012:   Alexis invited as a keynote speaker at the ICTR Conference, orgnanised by  the Instituto Politecnico de Leiria (Portugal).  (link)
  • 30.10.2012:   Alexis presented at the 20th World Travel Monitor, orgnanised by IPK International (in Pisa, Italy).  (link)
  • 17.09.2012:   'Cruises & Society' edited by Alexis, Tihomir Lukovic and Michael Vogel available in Amazon.  (link)
  • 13.09.2012:   Alexis attended and presented at the Maritime Tourism and Island Development Conference, organised by the University of the Aegean.  (link)
  • 18.06.2012:   A documentary film n the impacts of cruise tourism interviews Ross Klein and Alexis. The film will be on air on the 31 of July on ARTE at 21:45 CET.  (link)
  • 18.06.2012:   Alexis participates in a discussion panel on Development Opportunities offered by Maritime Tourism (Bremerhaven). The event is organised by the SPD (German Socialist Party)  (link)
  • 23.05.2012:   The ICC4 in Leeuwarden was successfully completed.  Thanks to the organisers and participants
  • 07.03.2012:   Alexis is to moderate the Cruise Executive Panel in the ITB (Berlin) (link)


  • 13.11.2011:   New clip added in the 'featured clips' (link) section, featuring a speech from Peter Economides referring to the Greek crisis and Re-brading the Tourism Image of Greece.  The intro is in Greek (but can set undertitles, but the speech itself is in english
  • 13.11.2011:   New section 'Downloads' is added providing access to the various presentations Alexis has held on conferences
  • 04.11.2011:   Alexis is to hold a keynote speech at the 19th World Travel Monitor Forum in Pisa (Italy) - The topic is Cruise Sector Sustainability link
  • 09.09.2011:   Alexis is to hold a keynote speech at the Conference of the Tourismus Agentur Schleswig-Holstein - The Topic is Cruise Destination Marketing link
  • 30.08.2011:   Alexis adds a new featured clip - a documentary about the debt crisis in Greece and Europe:  "Debtocracy" - link
  • 08.08.2011:   Alexis publishes edited book (together with Philip Gibson & Petra Milde) titled:  "Cruise Sector Challenges:  Making Progress in an Uncertain World" - link
  • 04.05.2011:   Alexis publishes edited book titled:  "The Long Tail of Tourism: Holiday Niches and their Impact on Mainstream Tourism" - link
  • 30.04.2011:   Alexis invited to present at the FVW Workshop in Rhodes (GR) about Cruise Destination Development in Rhodes - link
  • 03.04.2011:   Alexis talks to the FAZ /Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about cruise sector growth - link
  • 17.02.2011:   Alexis discusses the development of regional cruise destinations and the role of DMOs in the Cruise Gateway Opening Conference in Hamburg - link


  • 15.09.2010:   Alexis talks about the expected profitability and the future of the cruise sector - link


  • 01.11.2009: Alexis and colleagues found the Cruise Research Society, providing a platform for cruise researchers and resources for practitioners - link
  • 26.08.2009:   Alexis and colleagues publish an edited book on cruises with the title "Cruise Sector Growth:  Managing Emerging Markets, Human Resources, Processes & Systems" - link
  • 04.01.2009:   Featured  clip is included.  Those are selected according to their provocation...  of thought...  or laughter...  or both!


  • 26.11.2008:  Fit-for-Cruises Portal features the Cruise Industry Management programme and interviews A.P. on the implications of the financial crisis for the cruise sector- link