We are very pleased to announce that Emeritus Professor Donald Getz from the University of Calgary, Canada, is joining the team as an Adjunct Professor of Tourism. Don is the most cited research academic in the field of tourism, festivals and events and highly regarded internationally for his work researching, consulting and writing about event studies, festival and event evaluation and food and wine tourism – to name just a small collection! – across the globe. Don will be working closely with us on Laboratory Adelaide (the Cultural Value Research Project) and with Associate Professors Steve Brown (Tourism) and Alison Hutton (Nursing and Midwifery) in the field of audience behaviour research. Welcome, Don!
- Exciting news in from Flinders Tourism event graduate, Sophie Wills. Sophie’s next big event is working on the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow adding this to her previous work on the European Red Bull Air Race and the London leg of the Tour de France – way to go, Soph!
- Students get to do some cool things sometimes… Sarah De Gennaro has undertaken her industry placement with the Territory Wildlife Park and made a new friend while there!
- Congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Steve Brown who recently received an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for the creation and development of the suite of undergraduate and post-graduate event design and management programs in Tourism leading to industry-ready graduates. The annual Citations form part of the national Office of Learning and Teaching’s Australian Awards for University Teaching, and are intended to recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning. Each Citation comes with a $10,000 prize. Steve was also recently appointed to the Flinders College of Distinguished Educators, a network of educational leaders aimed at improving teaching and learning across the university.
Steve Brown receiving his OLT Citation from Prof. David Lloyd (left)
- This month Chris Fanning along with two current students, Heidi Miller (3rd year Bachelor of International Tourism) and Alexandra Pearsall (2nd year Bachelor of International tourism) - both Concordia Alumni - spoke at the combined Concordia College/Walford College Careers Night. Feedback was that the attendees were most engaged with the session and appreciated hearing from current Flinders Uni students.
- August saw the whole tourism team busy with University Open Day as part of the Humanities Hub along with presentations. 3rd year Bachelor of International Tourism student Ruby Thomson event managed the Humanities Hub under the guidance and direction of Katy Hasenohr (Administration Officer – Academic). Ruby was able assisted by over 70 first, second, third year and Master of Tourism students. Dr Gareth Butler was named King of the Barbecue as he deftly supervised, cooked and gave course advise all at the same time.
- Congratulations to Dr. Steve Brown who was promoted to Associate Professor this month. Well done, Steve!
- Chris Fanning recently conducted two, three hour training sessions for the Tour Guides of the State Library of South Australia under the banner of ‘You can’t tell them everything’. The training encompassed both the mechanics of guiding as well as interpretive techniques to tell the stories of the State Library. The sessions were lively with many committed, articulate and fun guides attending.
- Great to welcome on campus the new mid-year entry first year Tourism students. Thanks also to last year mid-year students who will be their mentors.
- Dr. Sean Kim and PhD candidate Alia Rahman presented a conference paper at the recent 12th Asia Pacific Forum for Graduate Students’ Research in Tourism Conference (26th – 29th June) organised by Taylor’s University in Malaysia. The paper’s title was ‘Analysing the construction of touristic experiences via travel blog engagement: A methodological agenda’.
- Sean was also invited to be a panelist for the Research Methods session. Along with Sean were Dr. Deborah Edwards from the University of Technology Sydney, Dr. Bongkosh Rittichainuwat from Siam University, Thailand, and Dr. Johan Edelheim from the University of Lapland, Finland. Sean discussed salient methodological issues, challenges, strengths, and weaknesses in various contexts of tourism studies and the session received great feedback from the audience.
The Panellists (from left): Dr Deborah Edwards, Dr Sean Kim, Dr Bongkosh Rittichainuwat, and Dr Johan Edelheim
- Head of Tourism, Dr. Steve Brown, is back in Sweden this month as Visiting Research Fellow at Mid Sweden University in Östersund. He is working with his colleagues and team members Assoc. Prof. Robert Pettersson and Martin Wallstam on the global Event Compass initiative, an online event evaluation system that is due for launch in the next few months. Renowned event researcher and author, Prof. Don Getz, is also one of the four team members. The project is supported by Mid Sweden University, the European Tourism Research Institute and Peak Innovations.
- Flinders Tourism students, Ruby Thompson and Kirsten Forkert, helped manage the recent Cultural Value Symposium held recently at the Adelaide Festival Centre. The Symposium, The Real Worth of the Arts in Adelaide, was attended by a range of arts and cultural organisations and practitioners and the keynotes were Prof. Julian Meyrick and Dr. Steve Brown. The event received a great deal of publicity locally and in Melbourne and Julian’s opinion piece was later printed in The Australian
- A very big welcome to our new Tourism Lecturer, Dr. Gareth Butler! Gareth joins us this month from the University of Johannesburg. We welcome Gareth and his partner, Zureka, and we are looking forward to introducing them to Australia, Adelaide and our campus.
- Our international postgrad students had an Australian experience this weekend, visiting Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills and getting up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, Tassie Devils and a wide and wild range of Australian fauna. After Cleland the students went on to Mt. Lofty for some spectacular views over the city of Adelaide.
- Congratulations to all of our graduating students from both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It is always a bitter-sweet experience watching you cross the stage to receive your parchments. We are happy for and proud of you but just a little sad that you are leaving our ‘family’.
Another great night was had by all who attended the Tourism Graduation Dinner last Tuesday. Postgraduate Tourism Alumnus, Andrew Kneebone, who has been working in the UK and now at the Adelaide City Council in the events area, was our keynote and spoke eloquently about his journey to his current position and the impact that his studies at Flinders had on his career. Head of Tourism, Dr. Steve Brown, in his address to the graduating class said:
“Honouring our graduates and celebrating their achievements is in stark contrast to a day when the global psyche is infected again by the tragedy of terrorism. In the contemporary event industry a great deal of planning goes into trying to ensure public safety and yet, as the appalling events in Boston this morning demonstrate, there are never any guarantees no matter how hard we train and work and learn and commit to preventing harm to our audiences and participants. One could become disillusioned, even depressed about the future of events in such circumstance, but I am of the very firm belief that it is the work that our graduates will do over their careers that is part of the solution to this issue. Every tourist that travels to another land and meets and communicates and becomes immersed in the culture of others, every participant and every audience member of every event contributes to the globalization not of market economies but of an understanding of people, culture and society, enabling greater understanding, greater tolerance and greater acceptance and this is the work that our graduates do. For that future effort on behalf of all of us, we thank them.”
Photos by Ellen McPharlin
- Surveying at the Adelaide Festival’s late night venue, Barrio, took a slightly different turn when the Barrio team decided to provide a purpose built survey site – a ‘room’ of bunk beds! In an attempt to de-bunk (sorry!) the myths about the Festival your surveyors dressed appropriately (pyjamas!) to do the surveying. In the photo we have (from left to right): Laura Elson, Bobae Kim, Nat Atkins, Lisa Zielke, Tully Barnett and Anders Nordvall.
Photograph: Mick Vovers
- Everyone is welcome along to the Tourism Research Seminar on Thursday 28 March, 3 - 5pm, North Lecture Theatre 1
Presentations include:- Engaging with Cultural Heritage Sites through a Camera Lens: The Impact of Photography on Tourist Experiences: Daria Tikhonova
- Constructing and Shaping Tourist Experiences via Travel Blog Engagement: Alia Rahman
- Children’s Engagement with Interpretation at Cultural Heritage Sites: Katherine Sutcliffe
- The Role of Food Heritage in Regional Tourism in Gunma Prefecture, Japan: Dr Sean Kim
- Looking forward to the 2013 Tourism Graduation Dinner (for the 2012 graduating class) which will be held at Ayer’s House on Tuesday 16th April 2013. Full details are available here on the invitation.
- Congratulations to Dr. Sangkyun (Sean) Kim whose strong Tourism research performance has been acknowledged with the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers. The Award was presented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Michael Barber, at a ceremony on March 4th
- Great to welcome on campus the new first year Tourism students and their second and third year student mentors! Also exciting meeting all the new Masters students from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Ecuador, Australia, China and Suriname at the postgraduate induction session in Orientation Week.
- As part of their stay with us at Flinders, visiting researchers Don Getz (Canada) and Tommy Andersson (Sweden) spent a day in McLaren Vale experiencing the region. Starting at the McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre (which Don wrote about in his wine tourism text) there was a winery tour and structured tasting at Wirra Wirra, lunch at Red Poles and a hands on wine blending master class at D’Arenberg.
|The Cultural Value Research Project team (from left): |
Dr. Tully Barnett, Prof. Don Getz, Prof. Tommy Andersson, Dr. Steve Brown
|Blending master class at D’Arenberg |
- We also welcome Anders Nordvall and his wife Anette to Adelaide. Anders is from Mid Sweden University a researcher with the European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR). Anders will be spending his 6 weeks in Adelaide working on both the Cultural Value Research Project (CVRP) and the Mass Gathering Data Acquisition and Analysis (MaGDAA) project looking at audience behaviour, cultural value (socio-cultural impacts) and risk management at festivals and events, starting with the Adelaide Festival on March 1st.
Anette and Anders Nordvall with an Australian colleague
- Also with us in Adelaide this month are Prof. Don Getz for the Universities of Calgary (Canada() and Stavanger (Norway), and Prof. Tommy Andersson from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) who will also be working on the CVRP project. Wonderful to have such eminent event researchers working with us.
- Interesting article on festival at this link Roll Up, Roll Up: There's No Business Like Festival Business Head of Tourism, Steve Brown, also gets a mention.
- Planning is now well under way for the 2014 Global Events Congress VI which will be held in Adelaide and hosted by Flinders. Check out the website at: www.flinders.edu.au/gec
- Happy New Year! We hope you are all refreshed and ready to fly in 2013. Looking forward to meeting all our new students and to welcome back our new second and third year students. We are also well under way with planning for the Graduation Dinner which will be held at Ayers House on the night of Tuesday 16th April 2013. All welcome (not just graduating students). More details soon.
- We also welcome back Dr. Sangkyun (Sean) Kim who has been on study leave researching food tourism and having adventures in Japan and Korea with udon noodle tourists – yes, they do exist! Sean is now the king of noodles and we expect exquisite udon dishes for lunches soon :-)