Professor Dimitrios Buhalis attends the United Nations World Tourism Organisation 2011 19th General Assembly

With Secretary General of World Tourism Organisation Dr Taleb Rifai and the Ministers of Tourism of Gabon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Republic of Burundi

With Secretary General of World Tourism Organisation Dr Taleb Rifai and the Ministers of Tourism of Gabon, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, and Republic of Burundi

Number one influential author for articles in Tourism Management (*Google Scholar 2010), or BU’s Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, Professor Dimitrios Buhalis participated in the United Nations World Tourism Organisation 2011 19th General Assembly conference in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Global experts gathered to discuss the UN officials debated the role of tourism, culture and sport in meeting global development goals and achieving a more sustainable future.

This saw Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik welcome over 600 participants to the General Assembly to “devise the tourism policies needed to revive the global economy”.

Professor Buhalis attended to represent Bournemouth University and the International Federation for IT and Travel Tourism.

Professor Buhalis said “I was happy to meet many good friends from the World Tourism Organisations and the many Tourism Ministers from around the world,” to discuss such important issues.

Cutting edge eTourism Lab to be launched

Bournemouth University is launching the eTourism Lab (eTL) as a part of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research (ICTHR) in the School of Tourism. The eLab is exploring cutting edge information and communication technologies and e-based strategic management and marketing for tourism and hospitality organisations.


Planning for Mega Sport Events

With the 2012 games just around the corner there couldn’t be a better time to be at Bournemouth University considering planning, impacts and legacies around mega sports events. Combine this with a Santander Scholarship and PhD student Rami Mhanna looks set to produce world leading research.

Rami plans to evaluate the potential of various mega sport events to leverage impacts, to analyse the factors that contribute to effective planning for leveraging impacts and analyse the cultural differences between host countries. From this he will develop a model of best practice to allow future events to plan effectively for leveraging impacts and legacies.

His research will focus on the scientific planning and management strategies between sporting organisations and host countries with an emphasis on the partnership between them. For this research he will examine the planning process related to different mega events in order to evaluate the role of planning in developing appropriate impacts and legacies.

To achieve all this Rami will interview organisers of a wide variety of different events such as the 2012 and 2016 Games and the FIFA World Cups of 2014 and 2018. Rami is supervised and supported by the School of Tourism, Bournemouth University who are world-leaders in tourism research and a leading provider of degree courses uniquely focused on the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts.

BU at the World Travel Market 2011

The School of Tourism at Bournemouth University is a world-leader in tourism research and a leading provider of degree courses uniquely focused on the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts. We are experts in the contemporary tourism sector, encompassing hospitality, retail, leisure, sports and events. Most of our graduates get jobs as soon as they leave the University and our alumni are working for companies and organisations throughout the world.

We are using our global tourism training, consultancy and research expertise as part of a forum to discuss tourism futures at the WTM. You can book to participate in the forum here.

This BU Tourism Futures Forum will engage leading tourism practitioners from around the world in an interactive discussion about the future of tourism. We think that tourism managers will require genuine innovation to thrive against a backdrop of geo-political change, economic pressures, new technology, exponential growth in new markets and rising costs of food, fuel and energy. We believe these shifts call for a major rethinking of tourism management and that the forum and our presence at WTM 2011 will allow us to share expertise and participate in the growing discussion. The forum will benefit managers from all spheres of tourism and travel and those who have an interest in the future of the industry.

Bournemouth University has an amazing talent pool of undergraduates, postgraduates and world leading experts. At WTM 2011 the School is offering the tourism and travel industry a brand new opportunity to engage with this talent pool for the pick of placement students, consultancy, research, continuing professional development and bespoke training.

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis in the Wall Street Journal

BU’s Professor Dimitrios Buhalis has featured in today’s Wall Street Journal in a special feature on Greece, the politics and the impact on tourism.

In the article Professor Buhalis comments on rising unemployment figures saying, “There are a lot of very qualified people looking for jobs right now.”

The article discusses the number of natural and cultural resources that could attract tourism to the country.


Economic impact of Rallye Sunseeker: BU’s research makes the front page

Rallye Sunseeker's Magazine front page

Rallye Sunseeker's Magazine front page

School of Tourism research has made the front page of Rallye Sunseeker’s flagship magazine.

In 2009 BU’s Motor Sport Research Group carried out a study focussing on the economic impact of the British Rally Championship (as pictured above) which takes place in Bournemouth and Poole.

The academic research into round one of the British Rally Championship was designed to look at the economic impact of the event. The findings featured in the magazine and on the website included that over 60% of the event spectators were from the A, B, C1 category and over £700,000 of revenue was put into the economy as a result of the championships.

At the time of the research, Rick Smith, Rallye Sunseeker Event Director commented “We have always been certain in our own minds of the economic value of the event to the region, to have that quantified by this robust research by Bournemouth University is excellent news.”

The full Rallye Sunseeker website can be viewed here.

ESRC Research on Sport Tourism and International Sports Events by Dr Richard Shipway

The Sport Tourism Opportunities for Research, Mobility and International Networking Group (STORMING) Initiative awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) to Dr. Richard Shipway offered seventeen travel and conference bursaries for UK-based early career researchers to each attend one of three international networking events. This grant scheme formed part of the ESRC’s ‘International Training and Networking Opportunities Programme’. The project utilised the bursaries to both increase international mobility and provide networking opportunities for emerging early career researchers with a commitment to supporting and further developing sport tourism research. Bursaries were awarded across eleven higher education institutions. The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games also acted as a catalyst for this project, highlighting the impacts of sport events.


Dr Heather Hartwell on recreation, leisure and wellbeing

There are new and exciting developments within the School of Tourism with ground breaking research identifying the fusion between recreation, leisure and wellbeing. The rationale for co-locating a tourism and public health strategy is based on the recognition that creating a community culture where a tourist destination is seen to enhance and promote physical and mental health for both locals and tourists is desirable. A community that supports health creation can be a re-branding opportunity within a destination management approach, dovetailing health and wellbeing alongside a marketing and economic positioning. The concept of wellness tourism is emerging and is an area where strategic priority is being given in many European destinations. It is estimated that the market is currently worth $106.0 globally1 with predictions of major growth in the coming 5-10 years2.


“Money is no longer the decision factor, creativity is” – Professor Dimitrios Buhalis on charities using Social Media

The eTourism Lab, ICTHR , in the School of Tourism at Bournemouth University is supporting Just a Drop– a water charity to spread its word through Social Media and the Internet.

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis and Georgina Sekadakis a Masters student at Bournemouth University work closely with Fiona Jeffery Chairman of World Travel Market & Just a Drop and Ana Sustelo of Just a Drop to demonstrate how charities can use Social Media to benefit their great causes. Just a Drop is a registered water charity raising money to build wells, install boreholes and hand pumps as well as carry out sanitation and health education programmes in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The mission they are trying to accomplish is to reduce child mortality. Currently a child dies every 20 seconds as a result of water-borne diseases and this must stop. Their main donors are from the Travel and Tourism industry however they are now trying to attract donors from all industries and individuals.


‘Tourism comes of age’ by Professor Alan Fyall

Professor Alan FyallAlthough a major contributor to life at BU, the study of Tourism is often wrongly maligned as being a niche subject on the periphery of more established areas of study such as Business & Management and Geography. Well, in the UK alone over 100 institutions offer HE courses at undergraduate level including “top tier” universities such as Exeter, Surrey, Strathclyde and Stirling with many more competing for students and staff across Europe and beyond with major concentrations of activity in North America, the Middle East, South East Asia and Australia and New Zealand where tourism is not only a significant area of academic interest but also of valuable income, foreign exchange earnings and employment.