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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