Dr. Filareti Kotsi, a recipient of several recognition awards, is a Professor and the Graduate Programs Coordinator at the College of Communication and Media Sciences at the Dubai campus at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Filareti’s interdisciplinary research, beginning with an interest in reflexive anthropology and the enchanted communication of religious tourism and pilgrimage in Mount Athos (Greece), currently addresses destination image and attractiveness topics that vary according to the travel context of destinations, with a focus on Dubai. Her leadership of multidisciplinary teams in tourism and research grants resulted in eighty published peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings (e.g., Tourism ManagementJournal of Travel and Tourism MarketingJournal of Destination Marketing and Management, Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism ResearchTourism Management Perspectives). Dr. Filareti has organized several international tourism conferences, and due to her love for cinema, she manages the Zayed University Middle East Film Festival (ZUMEFF). She is also the Middle East Coordinator for the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS).

Dr. Filareti holds a doctorate in Communication from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (France), a master’s and a graduate diploma from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), and a bachelor’s degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She was recently awarded an undergraduate diploma in Creative Writing and the Advanced Writing Lives Certificate at the University of Oxford (UK). An advocate of Continuing Education, she was also awarded the Executive Leadership Certificate at the University of Oxford (UK) and the Digital Marketing Certificate from Yale University (US).

As a professional master swimmer, Dr. Filareti received the Bronze Medal in the 400m Individual Medley at the National Championships Swimming Masters at the Olympic Aquatic Center of Athens, Greece (3 June 2023). She also has many titles in open water championships and holds the American Swimming Coaches Association Certification (ASCA) (5 Levels).



Graduate Programs Coordinator


Terminal degree                                                                                                                    


Awarding Institution  

Ecole Normale Supérieure. France 

Research/Creative Areas 

Destination image and attractiveness, tourism planning, and development

Teaching Areas 

Tourism Principles, Cultural Heritage, Event and Festival Planning and Promotion, and Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication (undergraduate and graduate). 

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