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In memoriam Irfan Arikan

IMC Krems mourns the death of a long-time colleague from academia

Hon.Prof.(FH) Univ. Doz. Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Irfan Arikan, Professor in the Department of Business – Institute Tourism, Wine Business and Marketing passed away suddenly and unexpectedly this week.

In Memoriam Irfan Arikan mit Portrait

[Translate to Englisch:] Die IMC FH Krems trauert um einen wertvollen Kollegen und lieben Freund: Hon.Prof.(FH) Univ. Doz. Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Irfan Arikan.

As a tourism expert and scientist with numerous publications he was recognised far beyond the borders of his home country Turkey. He taught in the Tourism and Leisure Management programmes in Krems, Baku and Hanoi. 

Irfan Arikan was born on 1 January 1953 in Turkey. He received his doctorate from Istanbul University in 1995, an associate professorship from Anadolu University in 2000 and a university professorship in tourism and hotel management in 2005. He has been a member of the highest bodies of Turkish tourism associations and organisations and a sought-after expert as a keynote speaker at international tourism congresses.

Due to his professional qualifications and excellent language skills — fluent in Turkish, German and English — he became a member of the “IMC Faculty” in 2005 and worked as a full-time lecturer at the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in the study programme "Tourism and Leisure Management”.

His areas of expertise were Specialised Business Administration Travel Agency and Tour Operator and Transportation Management. He had expert knowledge in destination management for Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Cyprus. His expertise was in demand and his know-how highly valued in numerous national and international tourism projects.

In his private life, his great passion were hiking and football — he has been a member of his club Beşiktaş Instanbul Football Club since 1989. Irfan Arikan was married and the father of a grown-up son.

“We have lost a valuable colleague and dear friend. One who worked for IMC Krems with a lot of energy and commitment. He leaves a gap in our IMC team that we will fill with memories and thoughts, but will never be able to close. His open personality and positive charisma were contagious and inspiring. We wish his family much strength in these difficult hours.“, says the management team of IMC Krems, Ulrike Prommer, Karl Ennsfellner, Martin Waiguny and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Heinz Boyer, who are deeply saddened by the event.

For personal farewell lines of colleagues, students, and alumni we have created a padlet, which will be shared with his family. 

PADLET FOR PERSONAL WORDS OF FAREWELL