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Antonio López de Ávila

Director of IE Travel&Tourism Innovation Center

Antonio was the President of State Society for the Management of Innovation and Tourism Technologies (SEGITTUR) from February 2012 to February 2017; following his appointment as Director of the Cabinet of the State Secretary for Tourism in January 2012. A renowned scholar, Mr. Lopez de Avila focuses on many areas of tourism including destination and tourism development, MICE, application of technologies in the tourism product and market. He has served IE Business School for over a decade and before joining the government sector, he acted as the school’s Director of Tourism Unit, Tourism Research Centre and Executive Master in Tourism Management, Academic Director of the Programme in Tourism Management representing the school at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Between 2001 and 2004, Mr. López de Ávila was an advisor to the Secretary of State for Tourism and Commerce, Government of Spain. He is also an entrepreneur, acting as founding partner of the Spanish Institute for Business Management and many other companies. He was also a Trustee of Paradores de Turismo.