Andrew Stembridge visits BU

Andrew Stembridge winning Hotelier of the Year 2010

Andrew Stembridge, winner of the 2010 Hotelier of the year award, came to BU last Tuesday to give a speech to School of Tourism students.

Both students and staff were in attendance of the lecture, of which Andrew spoke about the recipe for building a successful career, regardless of the industry or sector. He shared his philosophy on how to differentiate yourself in a highly competitive employment market, gave examples of how to ‘go the extra mile’ and challenged students to set career goals that guide their development.

The guest lecture took place on Tuesday 8th November from 3-4 pm in the Barnes LTH.

Andrew has been a keen supporter of BU’s courses and students for a number of years and has always focused on people development within his business. As well as being named as Hotelier of the year in 2010, the Chewton Glen also picked up the Springboard award for ‘The Education Pipeline 2011’ which highlights the importance of links between industry and education at every level.

Andrew also gave an insight into the innovative and exciting projects at Chewton Glen. Firstly he has recently redesigned the food concept at Chewton Glen, challenging the preconceived ideas of fine dining in a five star country house hotel. Secondly there was an overview of the new Woodland Lodge project, delivering six eco lodges built in the grounds, situated within a green belt, that will create a unique and innovative experience for guests. The Woodland Lodges will be the first of their kind in the country and have already attracted much interest from the industry and media.

Over the next few weeks there will be people from Hilton, TUI, Carnival Cruises and an Olympic project coming in to give presentations, so watch this space.

BU’s World Travel Market 2011 stand praised by the Vice-Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council

Jean-Claude Baumgarten with members of the BU WTM team

Jean-Claude Baumgarten, Vice-Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council, visited Bournemouth University’s stand at the World Travel Market on 8 November 2011.

He commented on the fact that BU is the only UK university to be involved with the WTM: “Bournemouth University has always had a keen interest in the travel industry. What I like about BU is that it is reaching out of academia and coming to the private sector in one of the biggest human activities in the world. After all travel and tourism is the ultimate service industry that needs talented individuals because people serve people. All parts of the industry that I am involved with need the knowledge from research in order to make the right decisions – with the kind of investment currently spent in tourism, knowledge is critical.”

Jean-Claude Baumgarten with BU's Professor Dimitrios Buhalis

BU at the World Travel Market

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis at the World Travel Market Today

Today was our first day at the World Travel Market and as far as we know the first day at the WTM for any UK university.

BU received some fantastic compliments on the quality of students but industry figures were really excited that we wanted to be innovative and engage with them on a professional level too.

Key outputs from the day were a substantial addition to the School database, a number of new placement opportunities, fantastic PR from press contact and a very impressive buzz created by Dimitrios’ seminar. This worked really well in partnership with the stand as those who heard the seminar and were keen to find out more had somewhere to go, and people who could answer their questions about how to get involved with BU.

Dimitrios said that for him the highlights were talking with industry about how they can engage with BU and giving three press interviews that will see a global audience. He also talked to a variety of organisations about research opportunities especially in relation to eTourism.

The quality of the leads could not be under estimated, the majority of visitors were key industry figures or press. Moreover, the stand looked great bringing in a wide variety of interest.

Dr Vijay Reddy talks to Radio 4 you and yours programme

Dr Vijay Reddy

Dr Vijay Reddy appeared on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme today talking to the man in charge of building new airside hotels at Heathrow airport.

If you listen to today’s You and Yours programme from 19 minutes in you can hear Dr Reddy talking about why airside hotels are safer than sleeping in your departure lounge, and the success since their birth in 2008, launched by the CEO of Yo! Sushi in Japan.


Dr Vijay Reddy attends the United Nations Conference on ‘Green Economy and Sustainable Development’

Dr Maharaj Vijay Reddy was invited to attend the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development’s conference on ‘Green Economy and Sustainable Development’ at the European headquarters of the United Nations Office in Geneva UNOG (10-11 Oct 2011).   The aim of this cutting-edge conference was to debate and identify the sustainability and green economy priorities and to prepare and shape subsequent social policy discussions before the Rio+20 global summit next year.

The UNOG conference received invited attendees from different parts of the world from several international organisations (e.g. UNDESA, UNESCAP, UNEP, UNESCO, and UNDP), many national and international funding agencies (e.g. World Bank, DFID, AUSAid), research institutes and leading universities. Key areas covered in the discussions include: the Global Economic Crisis, Nature in the Market-World, The Social Dimensions of Carbon Trading, Economic Growth, Social Divides and Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Double Injustice and Social Policy, The Global Political Economy, Governance in Environmental Policy, Realizing Pro-Poor Development in the Carbon Commodity Chain, The Potential and Constraints on the Payment for Ecosystem Services Markets, Agriculture and Rural Development, An Institutional Analysis of Biofuel Policies and their Social Implications in Developing Countries, and Future Research and Directions for Rio+20.

To tackle these key global sustainability and climate change challenges, the United Nations is organising the next major world summit, the Rio+20 conference in 2012 ( It is expected that around 50000 participants including the heads of many govenments, leading UN agencies and policy agencies will attend the forthcoming significant Rio+20 summit.

How dangerous is mould? BU lecturer talks to the Guardian.

Mould can be potentially fatal, BU's Philipa Hudson tells the Guardian

If left for too long they can cause liver cancer apparently- Phillipa Hudson Senior Lecturer in Food Safety at BU told the Guardian.

Philippa Hudson, senior lecturer in food safety at Bournemouth University, admits that she would only remove a centimetre or so beyond the surface mould to continue eating a product. Stating that is just our harmless old friend Penicillium.

“But it’s important to say that not all of the Penicillium moulds are safe,” she adds. “Some of them do produce toxins and you can’t necessarily tell which are the bad ones by looking at them. It’s not as if all green moulds are good, all white moulds are good and all brown ones are to be avoided.”

How dangerous can moulds be? “Seriously dangerous,” she says. “The genus Aspergillus, which grows on peanuts and peanut products, produces a group of toxins called aflatoxins. They can cause liver cancer – and cooking won’t destroy them.”

If you want to read the full article on the dangers of mould, visit the Guardian website here.

BU Tourism Futures Forum @ WTM2011 World Travel Market, ExCeL, London, Thursday 10th November 2011 – 14.00 to 16.00

BU Tourism Futures Forum @ WTM2011

World Travel Market, ExCeL, London, Thursday 10th November 2011
14.00 to 16.00 Room: North Gallery Rooms 6&7

Chaired by Professor Dimitrios Buhalis

Bournemouth University tourism experts organise again the BU Tourism Futures Forum @ WTM2011 and engage leading tourism practitioners from around the world on an interactive discussion to examine the future of tourism. The global challenges and opportunities for both tourism destinations and suppliers around the world require innovation in management and operations, calling for a major rethinking of both strategic and tactical Tourism Management. The Tourism Futures Forum will provide an insight into the future dimensions of the tourism industry. It examines major trends in tourism demand and supply and explores the strategic changes that lead to the international tourism industry restructuring. The Forum will be organised by

The University of Bournemouth in partnership with the World Travel Market and the TravelDailyNews are organising this forum to facilitate debate about the key strategic changes and to engage in a discussion about the successful response of the industry. The event will involve two short research-based presentations to stimulate discussion. Chairman Prof Dimitrios Buhalis will encourage all participants to contribute to the debate and discussion.


Invited Presentations

Dr Marcio Favila, United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Global Tourism Trends

Professor Adele Ladkin   Human Resources trends and Tourism

Dr Richard Shipway Olympics, Sport Tourism and Legacy


Invited Panelists include :

Marcio Favila, United Nations World Tourism Organisation

Dermot Blastland TUI   UK

John Kent YouTravel & Aquis UK and Greece  

Jens Thraenhart China

El Hamy  El Zayat EMECO   Egypt

Justin Reid VisitBritain    UK

Daniela Wagner ewaterways   UK

Dmitry Khrapov   Russia

Ana Sustelo Just a Drop UK

Gerard Brown, UBM Aviation, Routes UK 

Brewery Investing in its Future

Hall and Woodhouse brewery, famous for its ‘Badger’ award winning beers, has agreed to a second cohort of students to complete the ‘Business and Hospitality Management’ accredited Higher Education course. This development arose from engagement between business development staff in the School of Tourism and the HR team at the company.

Company Managers recognised that investing in its people was critical to beat the recession and ensure that the business is well managed and providing the best experience for its customer base. However, they could not find the right level of education, training and support to upskill its existing workforce and were looking for options tailored to their distinct needs.

In order to develop a bespoke Higher Education degree programme for the company, the company’s HR team, working in conjunction with Keith Hayman (Head of CPD for the School), has invested significant commitment and resources. Keith has used his vast experience to identify skill gaps within the company and has created a bespoke course for its employees. The course is delivered at times that suit the management level students and includes elements of Marketing, HR and Financial Reporting to ensure effective management; and a motivated workforce throughout the chain.

In addition to the new cohort commencing next month, the first cohort progresses to Foundation Degree in March 2012. Once completed, recipients will receive a BA (Hons) degree.

EPSRC 6th Sense Transport project gets going by Dr Janet Dickinson

6th Sense Transport (6ST) investigates the feasibility of a social, spatial and temporal synthesis offered through locative media interventions, which situates users in a networked moment to make visible those transport sharing opportunities which have the capacity to reduce the number of fossil fuelled trips and associated carbon emissions while simultaneously influencing health-related quality of life measures.

Our research vision is to understand the extent to which behavioural change in transport habits and practices can be facilitated through the creation of a new form of ‘transport network’, based on extending social networking principles to transport users and their individual vehicles. Underpinned by relevant models and theories about behaviour change and assisted by technology, we will develop and encourage acceptance of an innovative, open, extensible technical platform called 6ST, providing users with new ways of understanding the relationships between their own future transport plans and those of others. Experiments will be undertaken in tourism, logistics and education domains. Dr Janet Dickinson is leading the tourism case.