Zoltán Raffay graduated in 1994 as a secondary school teacher of geography and English language, and a tourism manager at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Janus Pannonius University, Pécs. In 1997 he received a marketing manager qualification at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the Janus Pannonius University, Pécs. In 1994 he started his career as a junior research fellow of the Transdanubian Research Institute, Centre for Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in 1997 he was awarded the research fellow status. In 2004 he got his PhD diploma at the Doctoral School of Regional Policy and Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Pécs. In 2007 he started his higher education career at the College of Dunaújváros as an assistant professor, since 2011 he has been a lecturer of the University of Pécs (from 2011 to 2012 as director of the Institute of Economic and Tourism Studies of the Illyés Gyula Faculty of the University of Pécs, after 2012 as assistant professor). Since 1 October 2015 he has been senior lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Pécs. His field of research is the correlation of tourism and territorial development, and ecotourism.
In the 2005-2007 period he was awarded a Bolyai János Research Scholarship.
Since 2011 he has been teaching at the faculties of the University of Pécs (Illyés Gyula Faculty, Faculty of Business and Economics), other Hungarian higher education institutions (the Veszprém and Nagykanizsa Campus of the University of Pannonia), and also at universities abroad as Erasmus research scholarship holder or invited lecturer (Babeş-Bolyai University, Gheorgheni, Romania; Gumilyev National University, Astana, Kazakhstan; Karagandy University, Karagandy, Kazakhstan). He is the leader of one student at the Doctoral School of Regional Policy and Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Pécs.
He is a member in a number of academic bodies: Hungarian Economic Association; Hungarian Geographic Association; Hungarian Regional Science Association; Association for the Lecturing and Study of Marketing; Environmental, Regional Development and Urban Studies Committee, and Tourism Committee of the Pécs Academic Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Subjects taught by Zoltán Raffay at BSc and MSc level: Tourism marketing; The system and resources of tourism; Case studies in tourism marketing; Sales Promotion; Fast and slow tourism; Marketing decisions in tourism; Attraction and visitor management (in Hungarian) and Tourism management (in English).
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