Research Seminar Series 

The politics of representation in the post-Yugoslav space: constructing and projecting identities in official tourism promotional materials
Dr Tijana Rakić, Dr Senija Čaušević and Dr Donna Chambers (Oct 2015)

The destiny of the communist heritage of Bulgaria and its integration in the tourism industry
Dr Katia Iankova and Dr Sonia Mileva (Oct 2015)

Travellers in an antique land: Tourism representations in popular (and not so popular) culture
Raymond Powell (Nov 2015)

'I could imagine it all': a preliminary exploration of literary fans as tourists
Dr Nikki MacLeod (Nov 2015)

From Cabinets of Curiosity to cultural shopping experience: The case of the National Gallery
Elizabeth Booth (Jan 2016)

Getting funding for your research – a critical (and personal) review of European Union funding options for tourism, events and others disciplines too
Dr Andres Coca-Stefaniak (March 2016)

Competency and the cost of managerial turnover: The case of tourism graduates in the UK
Khairy Eteiwy; PhD student (March 2016)

Value-added tax: Portuguese experience and anticipated impact on the Greek tourism industry
Dr Cesario Mateus (May 2016)

A political economy perspective on the restructuring of English seaside towns through cultural regeneration in the new labour period
James Kennell (Dec 2016)

Career paths in hospitality: a life history approach
Dr Maria Gebbels (Feb 2017)

Conferences and Event

Dark Tourism Public Seminar

On 4th May 2017 we held a public seminar of Dark Tourism which coincides with the compiling of a special edition of the 'International Journal of Tourism Cities.' The theme consists of dark tourism in cities and builds on research carried out by Tourism Research Centre members over a number of years in related fields such as cultural and heritage tourism.

Key note speakers included:

*Professor John Lennon: co-author of the seminal work 'Dark Tourism: the attraction of death and disaster'

*Sheldon Goodman: Westminster Tour Guide, expert on Cemetery Tours and founder of the Cemetery Club.

The evening ended with a guided walking tour of the dark history of the Old Royal Naval College.

ITSA Biennial Conference

We hosted the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennial Conference between the 17th-19th August 2016. This was the first time that the conference has been held in Europe and it provided a unique opportunity to meet, hear from and network with tourism scholars and professionals from Asia, Australasia, North and South America and Europe whilst exploring the conference theme of 'Tourism in Contemporary Cities'