Let’s unite tourism in Africa

Tight links between public and private sectors are needed to transform tourism growth across the African continent, according to UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.

He was speaking at the 61st meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, held in Abuja, Nigeria, which was attended by 18 tourism ministers and key tourism stakeholders from 36 countries in Africa.

photo of Professor NovelliProfessor Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for the University of Brighton’s Responsible Futures  Agenda, was amongst the guest speakers. Her work on fostering Responsible Futures through Sustainable Tourism  is aimed at contributing to a more just and environmentally sustainable society through the development of research and enterprise collaborations with local, national and international organisations and industry partners. Continue reading

PhD student wins the 3MT competition

Jennifer with her winners certificateSchool of Sport and Service Management PhD Student Jennifer Holland has won 1st place in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the University of Brighton’s Festival of Postgraduate Research which took place on 7 June.

Hosted by Vitae, the 3MT invites doctoral students to explain their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using only one slide, which is a huge feat when an 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present! Continue reading

E-commerce Guest Lecture

Travel and tourism e-commerce expert Tim Williamson visited tourism and hospitality students to provide an in-depth, contemporary review of what is currently happening within the sector.

Photo of Tim Williamson with sunglasses on his headTim, who helps run on-line activist travel company Responsible Travel talked about using e-commerce in the real world. He showed in some detail how building a good looking website may be relatively easy but the challenge of getting traffic to the site and getting customers to buy something from it is less so.

The students discussed how Google works and how you either need deep pockets to buy a slot at the top of their listings or you need to be great at Continue reading

We need alternative ways of doing tourism

backpacker in a busy street

Image by Steven Lewis

Tourism needs a radical overhaul to help secure the sustainability of the planet, tourism activists will argue.

Tourism and the impact of climate change, marine pollution, biodiversity loss, food and water security, health wellbeing and equality will be discussed at a seminar organised by the University of Brighton’s Tourism, Hospitality and Events Research and Enterprise Group. Continue reading

Guest lecturer for travel and hospitality students

Daniel Neilson, a freelance travel writer and book editor specialising in travel, has been teaching tourism and hospitality students this term as a guest lecturer.

Daniel has edited more than 25 guidebooks for Time Out, written several books including the recent Wild Pub Walks for CAMRA and edited national magazines such as The Great Outdoors.

He also contributes to magazines and newspapers including National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust and The Guardian, and also is a regular speaker at the Adventure Travel Trade Association and with National Geographic Traveller.

Daniel was able to bring his real-life experience to the course and has even got students to contribute to real time projects. Currently he is online and special projects editor of adventure journal Sidetracked and works with tourist boards to produce content. Continue reading

Learning about the impacts of tourists

First year International Tourism Management BA(Hons) students recently visited the National Trust property Batemans.

The field trip was led by lecturer and course leader Dr Nigel Jarvis and was organised so students could learn about the impacts tourists have on the site. Batemans is a Jacobean house and was formerly owned by The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling.

Gary Enstone, Historic Buildings Conservator and House Manager of the property provided a 30-minute talk for the students upon arrival. Continue reading

50 Shades of Green Tourism in East Sussex

East Sussex’s Green Tourism is booming, as visitors to the county are increasingly demanding environmentally sustainable experiences, involving unique locations such as the South Downs National Park, locally produced food and drinks and local cultural attractions, such as art galleries, museums and vineyards.

This was the core message of the University of Brighton’s Wish You Were Here event held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Continue reading

Celebrating International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. Continue reading

Field trip to Travel Technology Europe 2018

Final year tourism and hospitality students visited the Travel Technology Europe 2018 show at Olympia London. The show is one of the biggest and leading events for people who are involved in technology within the travel, tourism and hotel industries.

The visit provided ideas and inspiration to help students with their final year essay which focuses on digital commerce. There was also the opportunity to talk to those already working in the sector about possible future careers. Continue reading

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