ATHE Annual Conference 2017

On the 7th and 8th December, the School of Sport and Service Management is hosting the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education at The View Hotel Eastbourne.

This year’s theme, New Approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education, picks up on new approaches in all aspects of curriculum and vocational development, teaching, learning and assessment in Tourism.  As such, this might include students, alumni, industry partners or educational partners in the process.

In addition to the pedagogic theme and PhD colloquium, the conference has been expanded to include a research theme on coastal tourism, which reflects the conference location in Eastbourne, a classic and modern English seaside town.

Invited speakers will provide the opportunity to reflect on experiences of new approaches to tourism learning in HE from an industry and academic perspective, with a particular focus on coastal destinations.  Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Annette Allmark (Director of Strategic Policy, People 1st)
  • Samantha Richardson (National Coastal Tourism Academy)
  • Bernard Donoghue (ALVA – The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions)
  • Kurt Janson (Tourism Alliance)
  • Dr Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE (Visit Kent)
  • Anthony Pickles (Visit Britain)
  • Dr Jim Butcher (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Phil Evans (Director of Tourism and Enterprise, Eastbourne Borough Council & ATHE Fellow)
  • Dr Anya Chapman (National Pier Society & Bournemouth University)
  • Dr Steven Goss-Turner (Chair, Eastbourne Education Business Partnership)
  • Richard Moore (Source BMX Hastings) and
  • Dr Maria Gebbels (University of Greenwich, PhD Alumni – University of Brighton

To reflect the Coastal Tourism research theme, delegates will have free access to a virtual special issue of the School of Sport and Service Management-based SAGE journal, Tourism and Hospitality Research, which includes selected Coastal Tourism articles published over the last 5-10 years 

See how things are shaping up.

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