Tides, University Institute for Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development

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The University Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (TIDES), belongs to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).

It is a research institute that aims to develop outstanding tourism research, generating and circulating scientific knowledge, and integrating itself into international tourism networks of excellence. In addition, it provides education, training and raises awareness to improve the development of tourism. Finally, it applies the knowledge generated to promote the improvement of economic, social and environmental tourism development in tourist destinations.

TIDES, as the institute responsible for research in tourism at the ULPGC, has contributed to the fact that it occupies fourth place as a research centre for scientific productivity in tourism in Europe, second worldwide, shared with other institutions, in scientific productivity in marketing and management of destinations, fourth worldwide in scientific productivity in research on image and brand, and first in Latin America in scientific productivity in hospitality.

Likewise, the data of the prestigious ranking of Shanghai (ARWU), confirm the outstanding role of the ULPGC, occupying first position in the European Union in research on Hospitality & Tourism Management and placing it among the 23 best centres in the world in the field of Tourism.

The University Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (TIDES) was formalised by Decree 27/2010 of 11 March. The formal proposal for its creation was made in 2008 by a group of research teaching staff from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) who were aware of the priority role that tourism research should play in the progress and prosperity of our society, represented and led by the Professor of Applied Economics, Dr. D. Carmelo Javier León González, Director of the UNESCO Chair of Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development of the ULPGC and Director of the Economics, Environment, Sustainability and Tourism Research Group (ECOMAS).

This proposal was signed by a large group of professors from the ULPGC who were joined by a First PromoTides Meeting held in October 2009, which included researchers with extensive experience in tourism, representing different fields of knowledge, as well as prestigious foreign professors who participated as collaborating members.

The TIDES University Institute has the support of the main Public Administrations of the Canary Islands with authority over Tourism, Town Halls and Companies, as well as the support of different international centres of reference in tourism research at a worldwide level.

Mission
The TIDES University Institute was created with a commitment to international action, as a multidisciplinary entity of research, innovation and coordination, which provides opportunities for knowledge exchange in the tourism sector, the economy, the environment and sustainable development in general, generating benefits and solutions for socioeconomic progress at a local, regional and global level.

Vision
TIDES aims to establish itself as one of the main international university research institutes in tourism, with a multidisciplinary scope that promotes research, training and cooperation activities, with a strong focus on the different geographical areas in which the TIDES University Institute has a presence, mainly in Africa, Latin America and Europe.

Objectives
The Institute was created as an advanced research and teaching centre in the field of tourism innovation and sustainable economic development, with the general aim of training, research and cooperation in the field of tourism.

The functions of the TIDES University Institute are as follows:

  • To promote, organise and plan research objectives in the different fields of tourism, economics, sustainable development and their applications.
  • To carry out research activities and to collaborate with other public or private entities.
  • To circulate and publicise research and studies, on its own initiative or in coordination with publishers, journals, and other media, or through conferences, seminars, congresses, colloquia and meetings, both national and international.
  • To establish permanent links with other institutions and research centres that are active in the above-mentioned field.
  • To transfer and exchange research results and information with other entities, both public and private.
  • To establish relations with the private and public sector in order to promote technical advice and encourage the implementation of coordinated projects.
  • To promote the training and improvement of specialised personnel for teaching and research in the aforementioned fields.
  • To organise and promote study seminars, doctorate courses and other activities of a similar nature in the areas of its research activity, as well as joint curricular programmes with other universities and Spanish and foreign companies in the aforementioned areas.
  • To provide adequate means to attract external resources to help finance research activity.
  • To serve as a point of attraction for national and foreign scientists of recognised prestige in subjects related to tourism and sustainable development, who carry out placements at the Institute, providing the appropriate technological means to complete work in progress, initiate new projects and plan joint projects with institutions in other countries and with other university Institutes, Centres and Departments.

Institute Board

  • President of the ULPGC or delegate
  • Director
  • Deputy Director or Manager
  • Secretary
  • 6 representatives of the Institute’s research professors
  • 1 representative of the administrative staff assigned to the Institute
  • 6 institutions co-sponsoring the Institute
  • 1 representative of research scholars linked to the Institute

Executive Committee

  • Director: Carmelo J. León González
  • Deputy Director or Manager: Nancy Dávila Cárdenes
  • Secretary: Heriberto Suárez Falcón
  • Unit or Division Directors.

Management Team

  • Director: Carmelo J. León González
  • Deputy Director or Manager: Nancy Dávila Cárdenes
  • Secretary: Heriberto Suárez Falcón
  • Assistant Quality Director: Víctor Padrón Robaina

Unit or Division Directors:

  • Business and Tourism Management: Víctor I. Padrón Robaina
  • Quantitative Methods and Statistical Analysis Francisco J. Vázquez Polo
  • Training and Development Cooperation Matías M. González Hernández
  • Marketing and Tourism Development Sergio Moreno Gil
  • Territorial Tourism Strategy Flora Pescador Monagas

Executive Committee Support

  • Director Tides-Enterprise: Zoilo Alemán Falcón
  • Director – Scientific Dissemination and Transference Teresa Aguiar Quintana
  • Director – Training and Communication Daniel Celis Sosa
  • Teaching Advisory Committee/Final Project
  • President: Carmelo J. León González
  • Secretary: Concepción Román García
  • 4 representatives of the Institute’s research professors
  • 4 students of the Master’s Degree in Tourism, Transport and Environmental Economics

Quality Assurance Committee

  • Director: Carmelo J. León González
  • Quality Coordinator: Víctor Padrón Robaina
  • Degree Coordinator: Concepcion Román García
  • 3 teaching representatives from the University Master’s Degree
  • 1 student of the Master’s Degree in Tourism, Transport and Environmental Economics
  • 1 representative of the administrative staff assigned to the Institute

Institute Technical Support

  • Support Technician: Aythami Santana Padrón

In order to fulfil its objectives, the Institute is divided into units or divisions. Each division is the basic unit of organisation and development of the research staff training.

Division

  • BUSINESS AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT (Person in charge: Victor Padrón Robaina)
  • QUANTITATIVE METHODS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS (Person in charge: Francisco José Vázquez Polo)
  • TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (Person in charge: Matías M. González Hernández)
  • MARKETING AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT (Person in charge: Sergio Moreno Gil)
  • TOURISM TERRITORIAL STRATEGY (Person in charge: Flora Pescador Monagas)