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Tourism & Hospitality

Department of Tourism & Hospitality

We are recognised globally as a leading contributor of knowledge creation and dissemination in tourism and hospitality. A team of 35 academic staff and over 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students make us one of the biggest and most prolific departments in the world. The combination of staff expertise and enthusiasm, knowledge creation excellence and cocreation with industry, generate innovation and best professional practice. Our approach is about creating value with everyone we work with, locally and globally, and to share the benefits with society.

Our approach to teaching is to inspire and empower - we want our students to develop their professional skills in a tourism and hospitality environment, and to have the confidence to tackle future global challenges. We foster an intellectually challenging but nurturing educational environment, encouraging our students to develop not only professionally, but also personally.

We work closely with key academic and tourism industry professional bodies and associations, and also host the Annual Hospitality Student Conference in London with speakers from Marriott International, Red Carnation Hotels, the Shangri-La Hotel, the Institute of Hospitality Management, Accor International, InterContinental Hotels and Whitbread Premier Inn.

What we do is always evidence-based, through cutting-edge research by studying tourism and hospitality in depth. We have expertise in many different fields to address issues in a multidisciplinary and multicultural way. We aspire to drive the future innovation agenda globally. Our academics have, for example, worked with the Scottish Government to provide the evidence base for business decisions made at prestigious tourism organisations, such as VisitScotland. Research funded by the European Commission contributes to the creation of the Holy Grail Route and the creation of accessible tourism innovations to support disabled travellers, as well as the promotion of vegetable consumption among adolescence and elderly.

We’re also home to three of the world's top 10 tourism journals: Tourism Management, the International Journal of Tourism Research and Tourism Economics, as well as the leading international textbook Tourism Principles and Practice, among other publications.

We are proud of our industry collaborations that enable us to cocreate best professional practice through constant interaction and engagement. We are privileged to work in Bournemouth and Poole, a living tourism and hospitality lab. This enables our research and teaching to have great relevance and impact in the global marketplace. We work closely with a number of professional organisations including the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, VisitBritain, VisitScotland, VisitWiltshire, Bournemouth Tourism, Merlin Entertainments Resort Theme Parks, TUI, Hilton Hotels, Corinthia Hotels and many others.

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Our staff

Our staff

Find out more about our dedicated staff working in the Department of Tourism & Hospitality.

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Short courses

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eTourism Lab

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