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.