Dr Anya Chapman helps put Blackpool’s Seaside Piers on the World Heritage Map

Dr Anya Chapman helps put Blackpool’s Seaside Piers on the World Heritage Map

Dr Anya Chapman has been working in conjunction with Blackpool Council and the National Piers Society to secure World Monuments Fund Watch status for Blackpool’s three pleasure piers. Anya, who is Honorary Secretary of the National Piers Society, has undertaken a series of visits to Blackpool to develop a strategy in conjunction with Blackpool Council, Historic England, The Theatres Trust, and the Victorian Society to ensure the future sustainability of the resort’s piers. In February a meeting was held at Bournemouth University with Carl Carrington, Director of Heritage and Conservation for Blackpool Council to develop the Proposal for World Monuments Fund Watch List 2018.

Anya was recently invited to Blackpool to meet Joshua David, President of WMF Worldwide, John Darlington, Executive Director of WMF Britain, and Neil Jack, Chief Executive of Blackpool Council to present the case for Blackpool piers’ inclusion on the WMF Watch List. During the meeting all aspects of Blackpool’s seaside heritage were explored, with visits to the resort’s North Pier, iconic Tower and Ballroom, and the Winter Gardens.

The World Monuments Fund’s Watch List 2018 was announced in NYC on 15th October, with Blackpool’s three seaside piers announced as one of 25 of the world’s heritage sites being most ‘at risk’. Inclusion on the Watch List enables a series of high-profile events and activities to take place to secure the piers’ future, including tackling issues on funding, government policy, climate change impacts, and promotion and engagement. Anya is looking forward to working with WMF and Blackpool Council on implementing the Watch List action plan, with the first Pier Watch Day being planned for June 2018.




Paul Clark Cluster General Manager Hallmark Hotels in Bournemouth and Chair of Coastal Bid welcomes Bournemouth University Students

Paul Clark Cluster General Manager Hallmark Hotels in Bournemouth and Chair of Coastal Bid welcomes Bournemouth University Students and discusses the strategic developments of Tourism and Hospitality in the region. Hallmark Hotels are a strategic partners in the CHME2018 conference and it is always great to learn from Paul’s wisdom.


Derek Robbins chairing Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport event about Winchester Park and Ride Wed 25 October

Colleagues are most welcome to join us in Southampton next Wednesday 25 October for the first meeting of the 2017 –

25 October 2017, 18:45 – 21:00   Solent Conference Centre (The Spark),East Park Terrace Campus of Southampton Solent University, Southampton, SO14 0LY Meeting Point: The Willow Conference Room (on Level 3) of the Solent Conference Centre

Derek Robbins (Chair)

​Winchester – How a Park & Ride scheme has benefited both the residents and visitors of a popular historic city

Speaker: Simon Finch, Assistant Director, Environment, Winchester City Council
Historic cities that host large numbers of visitors tend to have their principal attractions within a small area that also houses the shops and workplaces of their residents. That area is served by a road system that cannot bear the traffic generated by today’s needs. One method of easing the inevitable congestion is to provide a ‘Park and Ride’ scheme that reduces vehicle access during the day whilst allowing commerce to continue and preserving the welcome afforded to tourists. Our presenter will be telling us how this objective has been achieved in Winchester and the most important lessons that have been learned during its development over several years.

Refreshments will be provided.

Derek Robbins

ABTA internship opportunity and the national essay competition.

Vicki Wolf from ABTA will be on campus on Wednesday 25th October to talk to students about their 1 month internship opportunity and the national essay competition.

You are strongly urged to attend and we are very keen to have strong entries into the national ABTA competition . You can book a place  by clicking on this link https://mycareerhub.bournemouth.ac.uk/students/events/detail/761411 and there is a previous announcement on MyBU

Richard Ward keynote on ‘Strategies for implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations within Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure businesses’.

Richard Ward Undergraduate Hospitality programme Leader and Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch Chairman will be presenting tonight a keynote address to the members of Poole Rotary Club on ‘Strategies for implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations within Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure businesses’.

Richard Ward

BA hospitality management graduate Appointed General Manager At Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza – NY, USA

Stefan Mirevski

Appointed General Manager At Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza – NYUSA

View Stefan Mirevski’s LinkedIn Profile

Stefan Mirevski

As the hotel’s general manager, Mirevski will oversee the day-to-day operations of this prestigious 439-room landmark property, continuing to build upon the hotel’s reputation as a “home away from home” for the world’s most esteemed leaders, diplomats and heads of state. Stefan will spearhead all hotel operations with a focus on the development of new guest service programming and identification of revenue-driving sales and marketing initiatives. Positioned in the hotel’s leading role, Mirevski will build a high-performing executive team, motivating them to consider new tactics that will exceed guest satisfaction, improve operational productivity and enhance profitability in order to surpass property goals and push the hotel’s development forward as a top leisure and business destination in New York City.

No stranger to the Hilton family, Mirevski most recently served as general manager at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Crystal City National Airport hotel in Arlington, Virginia where he contributed to the strategic development of the hotel and garnered multiple award wins for improved guest experience, sales profit maximization and revenue growth. Previously, Mirevski held the role of director of operations at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner where he oversaw a $45 million property renovation and implemented a property-wide labor management and operational effectiveness project. As director of front office operations at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, Mirevski managed the day-to-day operations and administration of the entire front office department.

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Mirevski’s hospitality career began in Europe, serving in managerial positions at prestigious hotels including the Forum Inter-Continental and Kapetanios Bay Hotel, both located on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. He holds a bachelor of arts with distinction in hospitality management from Bournemouth University in the UK, a degree from the College of Tourism and Hotel Management in Cyprus and a hospitality management diploma from the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Mirevski speaks five languages and enjoys skiing, tennis, golf, gardening and traveling with his family.

Global staff mobility

Global staff mobility – including training, teaching, research or networking – brings huge value to BU and our students, whilst offering invaluable personal career experience.

We are pleased to announce that staff, both academic and professional support, can apply for funds to support these activities through Erasmus+ and Santander, under the Global Staff Mobility scheme.

Erasmus+ funds are a great way to build networks and gain experience.Erasmus+ staff mobility funds can be used to support travel, accommodation and subsistence of academic and professional support staff attending training at an organisation or institution in Europe. It can also be used for academic staff wishing to teach at a European university. To be eligible, BU needs to have an agreement with the proposed University – you can check which organisations we have inter-institutional agreements with at globalBU.

You can find all the necessary application forms, FAQs and guidance at Global Staff Mobility

Santander staff mobility funding can be used to support travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for staff wishing to develop research, education and professional practice projects. This fund is ideal to support academic and professional support staff travelling to an international university within the Santander network in order to develop a collaborative relationship.

More information, including advice and how to apply, can be found at Global Staff Mobility

The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 3rd November 2017.

We will accept applications throughout the academic year but, where possible, we encourage submission during the advertised cycles.


2017 ATHE Annual Conference 


7th-8th December 2017 at The View Hotel, Eastbourne hosted by The School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton



We look forward to receiving submissions around the following themes: 

New approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education

This theme picks up on new approaches in all aspects of curriculum and vocational development, teaching, learning and assessment in Tourism.

·       New approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education: Curriculum Development

·       New approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education: The Learning Experience

·       New approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education: Assessment

·       New approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education: Education, Industry or Government Partners

·       New approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education: Professional Development


Coastal Tourism Research

This research theme reflects our 2017 conference location in Eastbourne, a classic and modern English seaside town.

·       Social, cultural, economic or environmental dimensions of coastal tourism research

 PhD Colloquium

We encourage PhD researchers to present one specific aspect of their research (for example, focus on a specific theoretical perspective, discuss a particular challenge in data collection, or illustrate one particular theme emerged from their findings).

·       Progress in Tourism and Events 

Abstract forms can be downloaded from the following links:

·       Full Conference CFP and Abstract Form2017-ATHE ANNUAL CONFERENCE CFP 110917 V2

·       PhD Colloquium CFP and Abstract Form2017 ATHECFP-PhD Colloquium V2


Abstracts should include background, practical implications, methods and/or data sources, and indicative findings of the paper.   All abstracts will be subject to a review process.


  • Phil Evans (Director of Tourism and Enterprise, Eastbourne Borough Council & ATHE Fellow)
  • Dr Anya Chapman (National Pier Society & Bournemouth University)
  • Annette Allmark (Director of Strategic Policy, People 1st)
  • Sam Richardson (National Coastal Tourism Academy)
  • Kurt Jansen (Tourism Alliance)
  • Dr Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE (Visit Kent)
  • Anthony Pickles (Visit Britain)
  • Dr Jim Butcher (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Dr Steven Goss-Turner (School of Sport & Service Management, University of Brighton)


Online registration is now open.  To avail of Early Bird rates, please register before 31
st October: https://www.athe.org.uk/booking/

We look forward to welcome you at the conference in December!





Dr. Miguel Moital’s Iberian trip recently traveled to Portugal and Spain to present his work.

Our colleague Dr. Miguel Moital, Principal Academic in Events Management, Faculty of Management, recently traveled to Portugal and Spain to present his work. In Portugal, Miguel talked to students from the Masters in Tourism Management at the UCP – Portuguese Catholic University (Braga Campus). BU has an Erasmus agreement with UCP for staff exchange. Miguel talked about key issues in academic writing, presenting material from his e-book on the topic.

In Spain, Miguel delivered a presentation about ‘Managing Prestige in Spa & Thermal Experiences” to 35 participants of a pre-TERMATALIA course, attended by industry and institutional participants from countries such as Argentina, Costa Rica, and Colombia. The course received coverage in the regional media, including a report by TV Channel Telemino (see after 2 minutes) and newspaper La Region. The presentation was based on his research around the consumption of prestigious experiences, part of it co-created with Undergraduate Students through their dissertations.

TERMATALIA – 17th International Exhibition of Thermal Tourism, Health and Wellness is “the only specialized fair in the world that represents a thermal bridge between Europe and Latin America, bringing together professionals from more than 25 countries”. TERMATALIA alternates between Ourense (Galicia), where it originates, and a Latin -American country (next year it will take place in Iguaçu, Brazil). Ourense features many thermal baths which feed off from the natural hot springs, with a number of both public pools (free to use) and private pools (fee paying, tough €6 will pay for 2 hours on the best one) scattered along and around the Miño river.


Exciting Conferences and Events to debate the global future of tourism and hospitality.

Really excited with a range of events we organise to facilitate global cocreation and knowledge development. Call for papers and presentations are out. Join us and be part of the debate for the global future of tourism and hospitality.

SMART TOURISM : Big data, artificial intelligence and robotics revolutions 

Wednesday 8 November 2017 SMART TOURISM 14:00-15:00 WTM Inspire Theatre- World Travel Market

Tourism and Hospitality @ Bournemouth University Employability day – 22nd November 2017 https://www.facebook.com/events/1857474707909928/

Gracious Hospitality and Tourism International Conference 29 November – 1 December Dusit Thani College, Bangkok, Thailand http://dusitconference.com/

Bournemouth University Tourism and Hospitality Fusion Conference 1st and 2nd February 2018 Grange City Hotel London


22-25 May 2018 Council for Hospitality Management Education CHME 2018 Conference 

Bournemouth University http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/CHME  Deadline for papers 26th January 2018

29 May-1 June 2018 Tourism Marketing Track, European Marketing Academy Conference

EMAC2018, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland http://www.emac-2018.org/ Deadline for papers 5th December 2017