Founder and Director

COTRI’s Founder and CEO

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt FRGS FRAS


  First visit to People’s Republic of China in 1978

  1991-1999 owner of Inbound Tour Operator  China -> Europe with offices in Beijing and Berlin

  Since 2004 COTRI founder and director

  Professor for International Tourism Management at West Coast University of Applied Sciences Germany (Heide)

  Visiting researcher/professor at universities in China (Ningbo USun Yat-sen U Guangzhou), United Kingdom (Leeds U), Australia (Curtin U) and New Zealand (Tai Poutini U)

  Member of PhD Supervisor/Examiner team at universities in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Polytechnical U), Germany (KU Eichstätt), UK (Teesside U), Spain (Girona URovira i Virgili Tarragona)

   Fellow Royal Geographical Society (London)

   Fellow Royal Asiatic Society (London)

   Research Fellow Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Tokyo)

   Board member PATA Pacific Asia Travel Association (Bangkok)

   Vice President Western Europe ITSA International Tourism Studies Association (Beijing/Greenwich)

   Fellow of International Association of China Tourism Studies (Guangzhou)

   Member of UNWTO Expert Panel (Madrid)

   Member of Expert Committee of WTCF (Beijing)