Francisco Dias is a scientific expert in Tourism (PhD degree in Tourism Sciences from the Perpignan University, France) and works as Professor of Tourism at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, in Portugal. He was the founder of EJTHR – European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, and the former director of the Tourism Research Unit – GiTUR.

In 2008, he was the founder of the ART&TUR – International Tourism Film Festival, one of the festival members of CIFFT, and he continues to be its director. He is also the president of two professional associations supporting the cooperative network in tourism: the Portuguese Tourism Association (APTUR) and the Euro-Asia Tourism Studies Association (EATSA).

As a researcher, his studies are focused on the development monitoring tools to assess the competitive performance of tourism destinations.