January 2015

  • Happy New Year to all our students and industry partners from the Tourism team! Welcome back to our current students and a special welcome to our new first year students. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
  • 2015 sees a number of changes in staff roles including Chris Fanning taking up the role of Head of Tourism. For the full list of changes, please see the Tourism staff page
December 2014

  • The Tourism team wishes all of our students, colleagues and industry partners the compliments of the season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
  • Tourism Honours student Natalia Atkins had a busy week recently. Not only did Nat submit her thesis for examination but she also supervised a number of Tourism undergraduate students undertaking audience behaviour research at the outdoor music festival, Stereosonic, for the Flinders University Event Safety Research project (FUESR). The project has established that one of the biggest influencers of behaviour at outdoor music festivals is the performance/performers on stage. Previous research looked mainly at event site environmental factors (e.g. temperature and humidity). The event industry eagerly awaits the findings of FUESR and also the findings in Nat’s thesis!
  • This month it was International Volunteer Day and our tourism students (undergraduate and postgraduate) are some of the very best volunteers you will find! Whether they are working on an event, in a park or a museum they are keen, knowledgeable and always willing to help. So this month we (and a wide range of community and industry organisations) salute them and say thank you!
  • Congratulations to Tourism graduate, Jasmine Pohl, who has recently been employed as an Exhibitions Assistant at the Adelaide Convention centre. Well done, Jasmine!

November 2014

  • Tourism Senior Lecturer, Dr. Sean Kim has been the media star this month with a story featured in InDaily and also on the university’s website. Sean is working on a 3 year, HK$140,000 research project with Hong Kong Polytechnic University investigating the spin-offs that occur from TV ‘soapies’ for tourism. Read the full story here .
October 2014
  • Congratulations to Tourism graduate Anna del Rio who won the National Young Tourism Professional award at the Australian Regional Tourism Network Conference in NSW. Anna has been working in the industry since graduating and is currently employed at the Coorong District Council – way to go, Anna!
  • ‘Flinders World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and High Consequence Events has been enlisted by the WHO which urgently needs strategies for managing major events in the wake of the Ebola outbreak’ (The Advertiser, October 22, 2014) and Tourism’s Assoc. Prof. Steve Brown has been working with Centre’s Director, Prof. Paul Arbon, on those guidelines. Steve has been a member of the Centre since 2012 and a member of the university’s Disaster Resilience Centre since 2010 with a research focus on event design and management and audience behaviour at planned events.   The guidelines will be used by event designers and managers in the planning for major events where there is the possibility of an Ebola infection occurring.
  • Acting Head of Tourism, Chris Fanning and Ceri McLeod, Work-Integrated Learning Program Manager  for the University (and Tourism postgraduate!) presented a paper on 'Work Integrated learning: Value to non-professional degrees and their students' at the Australian Collaborative Education Network on the Gold Coast this month. To complete the Tourism connection, the paper was co-written with Lynn Vanzo, a Tourism graduate and current professional staff member who is responsible for the management of our work integrated learning students on placements.
  • The field trip to Malaysia was a huge success and we are waiting on the photos, too as ‘every picture tells a thousand words’ as Tourism lecturer and field trip leaders Gareth Butler and Katherine Sutcliffe (one of our Masters graduates and current professional staff member) assure us there are many tales to tell. Can’t wait!
  • Hot off the press this month is the next in the Routledge Advances in Event Research series: The Future of Events and Festivals. The chapter on ‘Future Proofing Festivals’ is co-written by Martin Robertson from Victoria University and our very own Steve Brown. (poster above right)


 September 2014

  • Assoc. Prof. Steve Brown has returned from a successful trip to Canada where he was working with Prof. Alison Norlen of the University of Saskatchewan. Steve undertook some team teaching with Prof. Norlen’s undergraduates, attended a postgraduate seminar, gave a public keynote address on ‘Spectacle: the Art of the Event’ at the Saskatchewan Library and then delivered a workshop for faculty and industry on event design (poster at right). The visit was funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching Citation that Steve was awarded last year.
  • Dr Gareth Butler is leading a field trip of final year Bachelor of International Tourism students on a research field trip to Malaysia - photos to come
  • Tourism Senior Lecturer Chris Fanning has been busy training guides for the Adelaide Festival Centre and City of Marion.
  • Congratulations to Tourism graduate, Anna del Rio, who is the Australian Regional Tourism Network’s South Australian finalist in the national Young Tourism Professional Awards to be held next month. Anna is the Community and Tourism Development Officer at Coorong District Council and studied the Bachelor of International Tourism with us and during that time was employed by an online booking service for monasteries in Italy
  • A Flinders University delegation visited Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta this month investigating collaborative research and teaching opportunities. Yogyakarta is a university city with 280,000 students across many tertiary institutions although UGM (with 57,000 students) is the oldest and largest institution and one of the most prestige universities in Indonesia.
    Tourism’s Dr Sean Kim was part of the biggest Flinders University international delegation to Indonesia and represented Tourism at a number of official meetings with the representatives of UGM, holding key discussions on dual degrees and student/staff mobility. Sean also delivered a lecture entitled ‘We've seen it on the screen, let's see if it's true: Past, Present and Future of Film Tourism’ to the UGM faculty and students. (Picture below: Dr. Kim, front row, 4th from left).

    August 2014
  • The Tourism team is very happy to welcome Prof. Tommy D. Andersson from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, as a new Adjunct Professor who will be starting with us this month. Tommy has previously been a visitor with us when we were establishing the Cultural Value Research Project and joins us to further develop what is now called Laboratory Adelaide: the Value of Culture, the recently awarded Australian Research Council grant of $321,000 running over the next 3½ years. Tommy will be working on the project with Chief Investigators, Prof. Julian Meyrick and Assoc. Profs. Steve Brown, Robert Phiddian and Stephen Boyle and the project’s Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Tully Barnett. A very big welcome, Tommy!
  • The Event CompassTM festival and event evaluation research project, a joint collaboration between Flinders University, the University of Calgary and Mid-Sweden University, met in Östersund, Sweden recently to further develop the system which has successfully completed a number of trial runs and will soon be launched in Adelaide over summer. At the meeting were Lars Malmbom Mid- Sweden University; Micke Jonsson, Peak Innovations; Lars-Börje Eriksson, Razormind Consulting; Assoc. Prof. Robert Pettersson; Mid-Sweden University; Assoc. Prof. Steve Brown, Flinders University; Elin Hägglund and Martin Wallstam, Mid-Sweden University.

Event CompassTM planning team (from L to R) Lars, Micke, Lars-Börje, Robert, Steve, Elin and Martin

July 2014

  • Head of Tourism, Associate Professor Steve Brown was a member of a panel that focussed on 'Event Studies: Extending the Knowledge'  at the Events in Society Symposium hosted by Victoria University. The Event Studies panel consisted of (from left) Associate Professor Steve Brown, Flinders University, Dr Sebastian Filep, University of Otago, Dr Gayle Jennings, Imagine Consulting Group International and Martin Robertson, Victoria University.

  • Tourism event studies graduate Lindsey Pollock is keeping up her event design skills in her role at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Below is a photo of the media launch for the Helpmann Awards staged there last week that Lindsey was responsible for. Photo by Regina Magner Karon @ Karon Photography

  • Congratulations to Tourism Lecturer Chris Fanning, or rather Tourism Senior Lecturer, Chris Fanning, who was promoted to Senior Lecturer this month. Well-deserved and well earned, Chris!
  • Day 3 of the Congress and Douglas Gautier (CEO and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival Centre) gave a keynote address on ‘The Value of Festivals’, followed by Flinders’ Strategic Professor of the Creative Arts, Julian Meyrick, who gave the second keynote on “Numbers, Schnumbers: Total Cultural Value and Talking About Everything that We Do (Even Culture)”. This was followed by the Cultural Value themed sessions, while in the concurrent session our very own Tourism lecturer, Sean Kim, cooked udon noodles for the delegates!
  • Day 2 of the Congress ends with the second plenary of the International Event Studies Academy chaired by Associate Professors Charles Arcodia (Griffith) and Steve Brown (Flinders, who were Founding Members of the Academy when it was established at Global Events Congress V in Stavanger, Norway, in 2012.
  • The Global Events Congress VI is underway and the delegates were welcomed on day one of the Congress at a civic reception in the Queen Adelaide Room of the Adelaide Town Hall. Hosted by the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Mr. Stephen Yarwood, the event was the perfect opportunity to welcome everyone to Adelaide.

    Third year Tourism event studies student, Shannan Morphett (the Congress Event Manager) and the Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Mr. Stephen Yarwood. (Photograph by Festival City Photography)

June 2014

  • Our event studies students are preparing to welcome delegates from China, Germany, UK, USA, Finland, New Zealand and all across Australia to the Global Events Congress VI starting on 9th July. Managed by the first year event studies students under the watchful eye of third year student Shannan Morphett (Event Manager), this is the first time the event will be student run.
  • Another third year student, Kane Williams, is also working the Congress, designing and managing the post congress tour – the Vales and Vines Adventured to McLaren Vale.


May 2014

  • Congratulations to Ian Chaplin, one of our PhD graduates, who has just had a chapter published in a book on Railway Tourism. Ian, who is based in Macau, was awarded his doctorate with us in 2007.  For more information on the book, please go to: http://www.channelviewpublications.com/display.asp?isb=9781845414375
  • This month Tourism lecturer and interpretive tour guiding expert Chris Fanning has been busy training another 15 Ambassadors from the State Library in interpretive tour guiding skills. If you would like to see evidence of the success of Chris’ training just head along the to the State Library on North Terrace for a free tour (each morning and afternoon).

April 2014

  • The keynote address at the Tourism Graduation Dinner last week was delivered by Hugh Chevrant-Breton, Manager South Australia, Singapore Airlines. Hugh’s keynote was very well received and he demonstrated a strong knowledge of the industry and provided numerous insights for our graduates. A full transcript of his speech can be found here (PDF 50KB)
  • Graduation next week – exciting! - and the Graduation Dinner planning is almost complete. Event Manager (and Tourism event studies student) Tara Wright has been working with Kerry Ludwig behind the scenes to make it all happen and the new  graduates will be able to sample her work on the night in a brand new format – thanks, Tara and Kerry
  • Hard evidence of the impact of studying event design can be seen in these photos of Master of Tourism graduate, Upasana Singhal’s wedding! Congratulations, Upasana!

March 2014

  • Adelaide's festival season is underway and lots of amazing Festival and Fringe shows to go to. State Theatre launched with Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. An absolute tour de force for our Drama colleague, Rosalba Clemente who stole the show. Opening night was the last night for Tourism graduate, Antonia Bellifemini, who leaves State Theatre for a position at the Mary Potter Foundation. Congratulations, Ant! Filling Ant’s role as the State’s Development Coordinator is yet another Tourism Graduate, Bernadette Woods. Well done, Bernadette!


February 2014

  • Stop Press! Graduation Day has now been confirmed as Monday 14th April. Lock it into your diaries and lock in the Graduation Dinner that night! Our keynote speaker will be Hugh Chevrant-Brenton, Manger, South Australia for Singapore Airlines
  • February and March are festival surveying months with the Cultural Value Research Project team working at both the Perth and Adelaide Festivals and the Event Safety Research team at both Soundwave and Womadelaide. Always looking for student and graduate volunteers to assist so if you have the time please contact Steve on steve.brown@flinders.edu.au


January 2014

  • The Tourism team welcome back all of our returning students and also look forward to meeting all our new students starting their brand new adventure with us in 2014!
  • The Tourism network gets wider and wider with four of ‘ours’ working at the Australia Day Council this year. Pretty good bunch, we reckon!

    From left we have Steph Murgatroyd (current student), Tom Marschall (graduate), Emma Chidlow (graduate) and Dylan Beach (current student)
  • Tourism events lecturer, Assoc. Prof. Steve Brown spent a hot day at Big Day Out this month trialling some new equipment researching audience behaviour with his colleague Assoc. Prof. Alison Hutton using a new data tower and a range of environmental sensors develop in collaboration with design engineer, Greg Stevens from WiFindUs Pty. Ltd. The data tower send information via Wi-Fi to a central computer for real time analysis of factors that influence audience behaviour and this is supported by participant observation. Steve and Alison captured the data inside the main  audience but Greg only braved the mosh pit to get temperature and humidity readings right amongst it! Another trial will be held ta Soundwave next month. All three reported that Primus and Pearl jam got the crowd the hottest.



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