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Tourism & Hospitality

Department of Tourism & Hospitality

Our research has recently been rated as joint first in the UK, based on our internationally recognised work. 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. By developing a model to estimate the size and economic contribution of wildlife tourism to Scotland, research enabled VisitScotland to capitalise on the country’s appeal as a wildlife destination and name 2013 as the year of ‘Natural Scotland’.

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.

Our staff present papers at major research conferences internationally on subjects including music tourism; dark tourism; wildlife tourism; creativity in tourism education and professional practice; seaside regeneration and space tourism. We work closely and at strategic level with key academic and tourism industry professional bodies and associations, and have taken students on several successful residential field trips to Jersey and Malta.

We also host the Annual Hospitality Student Conference in London, with just under 200 delegates with speakers from Marriott International, Red Carnation Hotels, the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, the Institute of Hospitality Management, Accor International, Charter House & Co, InterContinental Hotels and Whitbread Premier Inn.

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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

Find out more about the short courses we deliver to help professionals take their careers to the next level.

Our research activities

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eTourism Lab

Discover how our eTourism Lab is pushing the boundaries of information and communication technologies to help the tourism sector develop and grow.
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Disaster Management Centre

Discover how we work with governments, international aid agencies and multi-national businesses to better prepare them to deal with disaster situations.
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National Coastal Tourism Academy

Read about this new initiative to boost tourism growth across the UK, involving BU, Bournemouth Borough Council and various members of the local tourism industry.


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BU teams set for Google challenge

Students from Bournemouth University are set to compete against teams throughout the world as they take on the Google Online Marketing Challenge.