University academic to speak in Washington
A University of Brighton academic is to speak to the World Bank in Washington DC on ways to boost tourism in post-conflict countries.
Dr Marina Novelli, Reader in Tourism and International Development in the School of Sport and Service Management, will focus on Burundi in East Africa, a country emerging from a 12-year civil war.
Dr Novelli, a geographer with a background in economics, said: “The guarantee of tourists’ personal safety is perhaps the most important prerequisite for any aspiring tourism destination to attract visitors.
“Incidents of terrorism, crime, natural disasters and epidemic outbreaks all negatively impact on place image and pose major challenges to the tourism industry, especially as the global media reinforce such security fears.
“However, unlike short-term disasters, civil unrest can affect the image of a destination for years to come as much as internal conflict and instability.”
Her presentation at a World Bank lunch seminar on 15 July forms part of Dr Novelli’s Research Leadership programme’s shadowing experience.
The World Bank Group, based in Washington DC, comprises five investment and development institutions managed by their member countries and which aims to “end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than three per cent”, and to “promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40 per cent for every country”.