first confirmed invited speakers for the Travel and Tourism Research Association 2019 Conference 8-10 April 2019, TTRAEurope2019

Pleased to announce the first confirmed invited speakers for the Travel and Tourism Research Association 2019 Conference

8-10 April 2019, TTRAEurope2019 @ Bournemouth University Department of Tourism and Hospitality

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Associate Professor Luisa Andreu Department of Marketing, Faculty of Economics, University of Valencia, Spain.

Luisa Andreu is Associate Professor of Marketing at the Department of Marketing, Faculty of Economics, University of Valencia, Spain.Luisa has a PhD in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Valencia (Spain), and a Master of Science in Tourism Management and Marketing from Bournemouth University (UK). She is a Member of American Marketing Science (AMS), European Academy of Marketing (EMAC), and the Spanish Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AECIT). She has participated in conferences organized by the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS), and co-chaired the Tourism Marketing track of the European Marketing Conference 2018 (EMAC), Tourism: State of the Art II and EuroCHRIE, among others. Luisa has also been engaged with the Advances in Tourism Marketing Conferences (ATMC). She serves as associate editor for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research and Journal of Destination Marketing & Management. Luisa is a visiting scholar at University of Cambridge (UK) and Penn State University (US). Her research interests include the analysis of destination marketing, tourist behaviour, service marketing, corporate social responsibility and digital marketing.



Professor Alan Fyall, University of Central Florida, USA and coEditor of Elsevier’s Journal of Destination Marketing & Management

Professor Alan Fyall is Orange County Endowed Professor of Tourism Marketing and Graduate Programs’ Director at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, and is a member of UCF’s National Center for Integrated Coastal Research. He has published widely in the areas of tourism and destination marketing and management including 22 books. Dr. Fyall is a former Member of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board (DMO) and Board of Solent Synergy Limited in Southern England, and has conducted numerous consulting and applied research projects for clients in the UK, European Union, Africa, the Caribbean, USA, Central and South America, and South East Asia. Alan currently teaches International Tourism Management and Destination Marketing & Management and to date has examined 27 PhDs. He is coEditor of Elsevier’s Journal of Destination Marketing & Management. His current research interests relate to smart and sustainable tourism and destination resilience in Florida, the Caribbean and South East Asia.



Professor Scott McCabe Nottingham University and co-Editor of Annals of Tourism Research.

Professor Scott McCabe is Professor of Marketing and Tourism at Nottingham University and co-Editor of Annals of Tourism Research. Scott has held lecturing posts for 20 years and his main teaching roles are in tourist consumer behaviour, tourist experience, tourism marketing management and qualitative research methodologies. Prior to joining Higher Education Scott worked in the tourism and hospitality industry first in the Peak District National Park and then during his travels in Australia and South East Asia. Scott’s research interests include tourist experience and behaviour, non-participation and social equity issues in tourism often called ‘Social Tourism’, socio-linguistics and communication in tourism and ethnographic and qualitative research methodologies. He is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters on these subjects. He has written a textbook: “Marketing Communications in Tourism and hospitality: Concepts, Strategies and Cases”; co-edited “Social Tourism in Europe: Theory and Practice; and in 2014 he edited the “Routledge Handbook of Tourism Marketing”. His main research interests include tourist consumer behaviour; tourist experience and consumption; non-participation, social equity and social exclusion in tourism; tourism marketing communications and representation in tourism promotion; qualitative sociological/ethnographic research methods in tourism.



Professor Tanja Mihalič University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Professor Tanja Mihalič is Professor at the Department of Economics and Head of Tourism Institute and Erasmus Mundus European Master in Tourism Management program at the Faculty of Economics the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Prof Mihalič is also the Vice dean for student affairs at the Faculty of Economics. Professor Mihalič is a member of the UNWTO World Committee on Tourism Ethics and a board member of the International Association of Tourism Economics. She is a co-editor or active member of editorial boards of many academic journals. She is also an expert evaluator for the European Commission. Her research interests include tourism economics and management, environmental economics, sustainability and educational and tourism industry values. She has experience in developing tourism educational and research programs and as adviser in sustainable and responsible tourism to national governments and EU and global bodies.






Professor Mike Peters, Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Mike was born in Germany, completed his apprenticeship as a restaurant specialist and worked for several years in the hotel industry. He worked in small businesses in Bavaria where he learned the benefits but also problems that typical small businesses face. Mike studied Business Administration at the University of Regensburg Germany and the University of Innsbruck Austria and specialized in tourism and service economy. He completed his doctorate in 2001 and habilitated at the University of Innsbruck. In 2006 he was Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby (BC, Canada), in 2009, he was invited as Associate Visiting Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (China). Mike has been president of the ICRET (International Center for Research and Education in Tourism) since 2009 and since 2018 he is the chapter president of the TTRA Europe (Travel and Tourism Research Association). Mike is the speaker of the Research Centre Tourism & Leisure at the University of Innsbruck, an initiative which serves as an interdisciplinary research platform for tourism research in Austria. Mike’s research focus is on researching the heterogeneity of family businesses and small businesses. He investigates factors influencing entrepreneurial behavior and tourism and hospitality firm’s success.


Simon Thomas and Dimitrios Buhalis to contribute to ABTA’s Future Talent in the Travel Industry Conference in London

Future Talent in the Travel Industry

London Tuesday 3 July 2018
Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG

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Network with travel industry employers at ABTA’s second annual future talent conference. 

What do industry employers expect from candidates looking to work in travel? From desirable qualifications and qualities to the future of travel industry roles, attend for first-hand insight into employability in travel. As the industry develops, learn what skills gaps employers will be looking to fill and how your candidates can meet the criteria for these new positions.

Conference highlights 

  • Discover current and future trends in travel – the impact on workforce, training and education
  • Explore Brexit priorities for the travel industry and higher educational institutions
  • Get a crucial update on graduate schemes, internships, placements and apprenticeships
  • Hear employer perspectives on talent, desirable qualifications and qualities
  • First-hand experiences from graduates, students and interns

Speakers include

  • Moderator: Vicki Wolf, Education Partnerships Manager, ABTA
  • Myra Cooke, Head of Performance and Development, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays
  • Carolyn Smith, Head of People Development, TUI
  • Elaine Bader, Head of Overseas Resourcing, Eurocamp
  • Anne-May Janssen, Head of European Engagement, Universities UK International 
  • Alan Wardle, Director of Public Affairs, ABTA
  • Annette Allmark, Director of Strategic Policy, People 1st
  • Dimitrios Buhalis, Head of Department – Tourism & Hospitality, Bournemouth University 
  • Simon Thomas, Head of Employability and Talent Development, Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bournemouth University 
  • Celeste Jones, Head of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management, University of Hertfordshire
  • Natasha Iacona, Management Accountant and HR Partner, Intrepid Group
  • Justin Rix, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Maddie Blanks, Assistant Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Doreen McKenzie, Consultant, Oasis Travel
  • Nicky Duffy, UK Operations Manager, Clarity Travel Management 
  • Bradley Escorcio, Product Manager, Thomas Cook Media & Partnerships and member of the TTG 20 Under 30 scheme

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Results Pack on @EU_FoodSMART has been published on the @CORDIS_EU website in six languages

Results Pack on @EU_FoodSMART has been published on the @CORDIS_EU website in six languages

FOOD 2030: Innovative EU research ensures food system is future-ready

Europe’s food production and consumption will play a pivotal role in ensuring food and nutrition security (FNS) in the face of the combined impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, land degradation, biodiversity decline, under- and over-nutrition, population growth and geopolitical instability. Safeguarding food and nutrition security in the long term will require the systemic transformation and future-proofing of our current-day food systems, which at present are mainly linear, fragmented and unsustainable.
FOOD 2030: Innovative EU research ensures food system is future-ready

The European Commission aims to tackle the FNS challenge with research and innovation (R&I) policies designed to future-proof our food systems so that they can become more sustainable, resilient, responsible, inclusive, diverse and competitive.

This systemic approach to connect, scale-up and boost EU Food R&I is referred to as FOOD 2030 and will provide solutions to four overarching food system priorities. These are NUTRITION for sustainable and healthy diets; CLIMATE resilience and environmental sustainability; CIRCULARITY and resource efficiency; and finally, INNOVATION and the empowerment of communities.

Groundbreaking EU research in the spotlight

This CORDIS Results Pack focuses on new approaches contributing solutions to tackling the four FOOD 2030 priorities by showcasing 13 ambitious cutting-edge EU research projects funded under the EU’s FP7 and Horizon 2020 research programmes relevant to food system transformation.

Flourish developed ground and aerial robots to increase agricultural yield, reduce pesticide use and mitigate food security, thus improving sustainability, while INFARM contributed to sustainable agriculture by improving the environmental footprint of plants. RECARE developed measures to combat climate change related soil degradation. HEALTHYMINORCEREALS contributes to climate resilience by investigating minor cereal varieties for biotic and abiotic stress resistance. FOODINTEGRITY encourages food transparency to minimise food fraud and ensure a responsible food supply chain. PROHEALTH also promotes responsibility by reducing diseases in pig and poultry, and DEPURGAN provides eco-friendly manure management. EARLYNUTRITION explores how early nutrition programming and lifestyle factors impact the rates of obesity and related disorders.

A range of technologies, approaches and business models are reflected in FoodSMART, which created a new mobile app to help consumers make healthier food choices, while NUDGE-IT combats obesity by analysing what determines our food choices. SUCCESS examines processing and production in the seafood industry and proposes ways to enhance competitiveness and sustainability. ARBUATEM raises awareness of the dangers of using waste water for urban agriculture in low and middle-income countries. Finally, MareFrame engages stakeholders in developing tools to sustain healthy marine ecosystems and fisheries.

Dr Anya Chapman says Victorian pleasure piers are unique to Britain, but they are under threat

Victorian pleasure piers are unique to Britain, but they are under threat

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By Dr Anya ChapmanBournemouth University.

A stroll along a pier remains the most popular activity for visitors to the British seaside, with 70% of them enjoying a walk over the waves.

For many, the seaside pier is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the British seaside holiday and the epitome of excursions to the coast. Piers have always provided holidaymakers with entertainment, from the grand pavilions and theatres of the Victorian era, to the amusement arcades of the 1980s. For two centuries, piers have been the place to see and be seen at the seaside.

Victorian pleasure piers are unique to the UK, but they are under threat: in the early 20th century nearly 100 piers graced the UK coastline, but almost half of of these have now gone.

By their very nature, seaside piers are risky structures. When piers were constructed, British seaside resorts were at the height of their popularity. The Victorians wanted to demonstrate engineering prowess and their ability to master the force of the sea. Some lasted longer than others, with Aldeburgh pier in Suffolk lasting just less than a decade before it was swept away by a drifting vessel. At the other end of the spectrum is the Isle of Wight’s Ryde pier, which at over 200 years is the oldest pleasure pier in the UK.

Yet the longevity of such piers presents them with new risks: fire, maintenance issues, rising costs, and climate change. Piers face an uncertain future. The National Piers Society estimates that 20% of today’s piers are at risk of being lost.

Piers at risk

Over the last 40 years, many notable piers have succumbed to time and tide. Perhaps the most iconic of these losses is Brighton West Pier, which has suffered multiple storms and fires since closure in 1975, leaving an isolated skeleton as a haunting reminder. Now there is growing recognition that seaside piers are vital to coastal communities in terms of resort identity, heritage, employment, community pride, and tourism. In fact, the UK government now offers funding to enable the revival of piers and other seaside heritage.

Brighton West Pier. National Piers Society

Despite the sea change in the perceived importance of seaside piers, many remain derelict and in a state of decay. One such pier is Weston-Super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier, on the west coast, which has been closed for over three decades. Birnbeck Pier is unusual in that it is the only pier which links to an island, but as time has passed, parts of the structure have crumbled into the sea. Despite the endeavours of the local community and groups such as The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, the owner of the pier refuses to sell or regenerate the pier.

This is in stark contrast to nearby Clevedon Pier, which was deemed “the most beautiful pier in England” by the poet Sir John Betjeman. After partial collapse and subsequent closure of the pier in 1970 there were calls for its demolition. Clevedon Pier was saved and reopened in 1998, and is now the UK’s only Grade I listed seaside pier. Today it stands as a testament to The Clevedon Pier Heritage Trust who continue to develop the pier with a new visitor centre, wedding venue, and conferencing space. Recently, the pier gained a new group of fans as it featured as a backdrop to a One Direction music video.

Thriving piers

Despite their advancing years, since the turn of the 21st century many piers have found a new lease of life. The high-profile regeneration of Hastings Pier, led by a local community trust and backed by Heritage Lottery Funding, has spearheaded the revitalisation of many seaside piers (although the pier, controversially, was recently sold to a commercial investor). Nevertheless, a number of coastal communities have successfully regenerated their piers through the formation of pier trusts, including those at Swanage and Herne Bay. Other seaside towns are being even more ambitious and hoping to rebuild their piers or to build brand new piers.

Swanage Pier. National Piers Society

Local authorities within seaside resorts are also promoting their piers as flagship tourist attractions and investing in their refurbishment and new facilities. Southport Pier, which narrowly escaped demolition during the 1990s, is now at the heart of the resort’s development strategy and is currently undergoing a £2.9m refurbishment which includes the addition of new catering and retail facilities.

The piers that are thriving in the 21st century are those that provide a unique selling point. Bournemouth Pier now features the only pier-to-beach zip line, and its former theatre now houses adrenaline-packed activities such as climbing walls, an aerial assault course, and a vertical drop slide. In Folkestone, the Harbour Arm, which was redeveloped as a pleasure pier in 2016, provides a range of pop-up bars and restaurants and its very own champagne bar. Weston’s Grand Pier offers family fun with a modern twist and even boasts an indoor suspended go-kart track. Southwold Pier boasts a novelty automaton arcade.

Weston-Super Mare Grand Pier. National Piers Society

By staying tuned to modern desires as well as a sense of nostalgia, piers will continue to adapt to changing tastes and provide entertainment and pleasure for seaside visitors.

But perhaps the biggest threat they face today is climate change, and the attendant rising sea levels and increasingly frequent storm surges. Cromer, Saltburn, and Blackpool North Pier have all recently been significantly damaged by storms. The World Monuments Fund has recognised the threat of extreme weather events to seaside piers by adding Blackpool’s three piers to their 2018 Watch List. With seaside piers regaining their popularity, their next big challenge will literally be finding a way to weather the storm.

Anya Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management, Bournemouth University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

one week to CHME2018 – THE Hospitality conference of the year at Bournemouth University 22-25 May


one week to CHME2018 – THE Hospitality conference of the year at Bournemouth University 22-25 May 

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

22 invited speakers from all over the world 

60 papers in 5 main themes and 12 subthemes 

  • Hospitality Management
  • Learning, Teaching, and Assessment in Hospitality
  • Critical and Cultural Studies in Hospitality
  • Today’s and Tomorrow’s consumer
  • Technology and Innovation in Hospitality.

12 leading academic journals 

250 participants from 40 countries around the world 

An amazing networking and social programme 

Looking forward to welcome you to the CHME2018 

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

Provisional programme


Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch 4th annual ‘Student of the Year Awards’ at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest

On Thursday 19th April the Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch held their 4th annual ‘Student of the Year Awards’ at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest. The awards go to recognise outstanding student contribution in education to learning, development and professionalism within six award categories.  Bournemouth University International Hospitality Management student Emily Murray, who was nominated by her lecturer  Dr Charalampos Giousmpasoglou, was recognised by the institute by being voted the winner in the category ‘Hospitality Management Student of the Year’. The award, sponsored by Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa, was presented on the night by Graham Chambers of Chewton Glen and Jane C Devonshire (Masterchef Winner 2016). Emily said ‘I am delighted to be recognised by the institute for the hard work and commitment I show to my studies at Bournemouth’.

At the same glittering awards dinner Bournemouth University Senior Lecturer Crispin Farbrother received a commendation from the Institute as runner-up in the category ‘Inspirational Tutor of the Year’ (Commendation collected on his behalf by Dr Evangelia Marinakou). Crispin said ‘it was a pleasure just to be nominated for doing what I love and I am delighted to be runner-up in such a prestigious category with such fantastic competition’.

The Institute’s Chairman Richard Ward said, I was delighted by the strong showing from Bournemouth University in two of the award categories and look forward to  more great entries in future years’. Head of Department Professor Dimitrios Buhalis also presented the Bournemouth University Department of Tourism & Hospitality Award in the category ‘Apprentice Student of the Year’ to Reegan Graff of Kingston Maurward College. Dimitrios said ‘ we are delighted to recognise the awesome talent within hospitality education and congratulate Reegan on being voted the winner’.

New VegPlus project starts in Santa Catarina, Brazil

Heather Hartwell and Jeff Bray with the VegPlus team start VegPlus_Project in Santa Catarina, #Brazil


Project is looking at the best practice of vegetable supply to address Brazil’s Food and Nutrition Security challenges of poor diet and sustainability.


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

We look forward to welcome you to the

Council for Hospitality Management Education CHME 2018 Conference May 2018 @Bournemouth University

More than 22 Invited speakers from around the world, 60 research papers and posters, 30 PhD students and a comprehensive industry programme will facilitate great knowledge cocreation.

It will be an incredible conference and a celebration of Hospitality Management

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Provisional programme

Please book accommodation early on  as this is a high demand period 


There is a great social and networking programme 


Monday 21 May 2018          PrePreconference Day Get together – Revolution 163-167 Old Christchurch Rd, 

Tuesday 22 May 2018          Preconference Day –  The Overcliff, Suncliff Hotel, 29 East Overcliff Drive, BH1 3AG 

Wednesday 23 May 2018   First Day – Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum & Real Greek Bournemouth BH2

Thursday 24 May 2018        Second Day – CHME CELEBRATION Key West Bar and Grill, Bournemouth Pier

Friday 25 May 2018              Third Day – Farewell party and Cocktails Koh Thai Lounge Bournemouth

Look forward to welcoming you 

Guest presentation Strategic tourism planning in practice: the case of Porto, Portugal Tuesday, 24 April, 3-4pm, F108  Dr. Carla Pinto Cardoso, Portuguese Catholic University

Guest presentation Strategic tourism planning in practice: the case of Porto, Portugal

Tuesday, 24 April, 3-4pm, F108 

Dr. Carla Pinto Cardoso, Portuguese Catholic University

Porto, the second largest city of Portugal, is increasingly becoming an important European tourism destination. In 2017, after the 9th consecutive year of above-average growth, the city enjoyed its best performance ever in terms of number of international arrivals and tourist spending. Alongside this boom, Porto has won various international awards, such as the award for Top 

European Tourism Destination (2012, 2014, 2017), and was nominated for three categories of the World Travel Awards: Best European Destination; Europe’s Best City Break; and Best Tourist Attraction. In this presentation, the key factors that contributed to the current success of Porto will be examined. In addition, the methodological steps and strategic approaches underpinning the design of Porto’s tourism Plan wwill be reviewed. The presentation will contribute to a better understanding of tourism planning at the regional level, since many of the points raised from Porto’s experience have a more general application to other cities experiencing growth in tourism or seeking to develop this sector.


The presentation is divided into 6 sub-topics:

·      Sub topic 1: The Portuguese Tourism governance (national and regional context)

·      Sub topic 2: The vision, strategy and Regional Tourism Directives for the Horizon 2027

·      Sub topic 3: Tourism in Porto and North of Portugal: diagnosis

·      Sub topic 4: The major challenges in the tourism destination to which the Strategic Plan must respond.

·      Sub topic 5: Strategic plan: methodological approach

·      Sub topic 6: Lessons from Porto

Carla Pinto Cardoso holds a PhD in Economics of Tourism from Bournemouth University (UK) and is currently the Head of the Tourism and Heritage Department in the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Portuguese Catholic University (Braga Campus). Since 2015, she is also a senior tourism consultant at Sigma Team Consulting, where she was involved the design of the strategic plan for the Porto Tourism Board. Her research and publications interests include focus on tourism impacts and planning and strategic studies.