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. Continue reading


– a complex journey between economic gain socio-cultural preservation

Join us for a free seminar on:

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Dr Claudio Milano, Ostelea School of Hospitality and Tourism, Barcelona, Spain

Professor Marina Novelli, School of Sport and Service Management, University of Brighton

University of Brighton, Room 203, Robert Dodd building, Darley Road, Eastbourne
How to find us

Reserve your free place by emailing Sarah Smith:


Guest speaker from Rickshaw Travel

International Hospitality Management BA(Hons) student, Helena Cleary, writes about a recent guest lecture:

“Jennifer Parker, the Meaningful Innovation and Product Team Manager at Rickshaw Travel, visited University of Brighton third year hospitality, events, tourism, physical education and sport business management students as part of the Employability, Enterprise and Innovation module on the 17 October.

“Rickshaw Travel are a friendly UK based travel company who create unique and meaningful travelling experiences. Their trips are based in Asia, Central America and South America. Continue reading

Fieldtrip to Batemans

Students from the International Tourism Management BA(Hons) went on a fieldtrip to Bateman’s to learn about the impacts of tourism on an historical house.

Bateman’s is a Jacobean house and was the home of world famous author and poet, Rudyard Kipling. The 17th century house is set in the stunning landscape of the Sussex Weald and is now owned by the National Trust. Continue reading

Time to transform tourism

Professor Marina Novelli, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Tourism and International Development and a leading tourism activist, is calling for a worldwide shake-up to make the industry more sustainable, just and inclusive.

Professor Novelli contributed to the development of and is a signatory to the ‘Berlin Declaration on Transforming Tourism’ which is demanding “concrete activities and actions from the international community to transform tourism”.

The declaration, developed and signed by world-leading civil societies from 19 countries in Africa, Asia Europe and Latin America, says the “current dominant tourism model is not able to support the necessary transformation of our world envisaged by the 2030 Agenda”, the agenda set out by the United Nations for sustainable development. Continue reading

A Celebration of Research in Cruise Tourism

On 15 February, the School of Sport and Service Management and the Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies (CoSTaLs) celebrated the world-leading research on cruise tourism being conducted at the University of Brighton.

As the fastest growing sector of the global tourism industry, cruise tourism is a significant research area and the CoSTaLs event provided an opportunity for staff and students to listen and discuss current research in this area.

Judith Römhild-Raviart shared her PhD research which is critically examining issues of sustainability awareness, values and attitudes both at home and on-board.

Judith’s research is taking an innovative approach by using netnography to determine factors that influence consumers’ social, economic and environmentally responsible behaviour.

Jennifer Holland shared her PhD research which is exploring how perceptions of risk influence consumer decision-making for a cruise holiday.

Jennifer’s research is using image elicitation to understand how people conceptualize risk for cruise holidays, while situating the research within a wider ‘culture of fear’ distinct to western societies in recent times.

Dr Clare Weeden also celebrated her recent publication Cruise Ship Tourism (2nd edition), co-edited with Professor Ross Dowling of Edith Cowan University, Australia, which contains contributions from her colleagues in the school – Dr Nigel Jarvis, Dr Jo-Anne Lester and Dr Ioannis Pantelidis.

This publication will surely become a valuable and useful resource for many as a result of its diverse and comprehensive collection of recent significant research in cruise tourism.

Afterwards, wine and nibbles were enjoyed by all.






Niche tourism in The Gambia

Tourism, hospitality and events students spent a week in The Gambia as part of the Niche Tourism module.

The module provides an integrated overview on niche tourism and gives students the opportunity to understand and critically assess the key issues during their trip by taking part in workshops and local guided visits. Students gather essential tourism experiences by visiting this unique developing country and by collaborating with Gambian students. Continue reading

The Question – Tourism

Professor Marina Novelli answers some everyday questions facing the travel industry and travellers:

  • Is there ever such a thing as ethical tourism?
  • After the Brexit devaluation, where should I go on holiday next year?
  • Where are the most exciting undiscovered holiday destinations?
  • Which former no-go country should be my next holiday destination?
  • How is climate change affecting the travel industry?

Read the interviews

Turtle SOS The Gambia feature

serenity-magazine-coverThe University of Brighton’s Peer 2 Peer Turtle SOS project in The Gambia is featured in The Gambia Experience in-flight magazine.

The feature includes interviews with University of Brighton International Travel Management student Eneida, who is currently on placement at the project, and Brigita, a Brighton graduate who is now one of their volunteers.

Download and read the full article. You can find out more about Turtle SOS The Gambia on their Facebook page.