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New approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education & Research on Coastal Tourism

7th-8th December 2017 at The View Hotel, Eastbourne hosted by
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This year, our pedagogic theme has been expanded to include a research theme on coastal tourism. The decision to include a research theme, in addition to our usual pedagogic theme and increasingly successful PhD Colloquium, was based on feedback from delegates at the successful 2016 Conference.

To reflect the Coastal Tourism research theme, ATHE Conference delegates will have free access to a virtual special issue of Tourism and Hospitality Research, which includes selected Coastal Tourism articles published over the last 5-10 years.

Speakers will provide us with the opportunity to reflect on experiences of new approaches to tourism learning in HE from an industry and academic perspective, with a particular focus on coastal destinations. Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Annette Allmark (Director of Strategic Policy, People 1st)
  • Samantha Richardson (National Coastal Tourism Academy)
  • Bernard Donoghue (ALVA – The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions)
  • Kurt Janson (Tourism Alliance)
  • Dr Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE (Visit Kent)
  • Anthony Pickles (Visit Britain)
  • Dr Jim Butcher (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Phil Evans (Director of Tourism and Enterprise, Eastbourne Borough Council & ATHE Fellow)
  • Dr Anya Chapman (National Pier Society & Bournemouth University)
  • Dr Steven Goss-Turner (Chair, Eastbourne Education Business Partnership)
  • Richard Moore (Source BMX Hastings) and
  • Dr Maria Gebbels (University of Greenwich, PhD Alumni – University of Brighton).

We are including a PhD Colloquium, sponsored again by the Family Holiday Association, to encourage students to present at an established conference, meet potential employers and get constructive feedback in a friendly, supportive environment. Therefore we are seeking submissions on:

New approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education: This theme picks up on new approaches in all aspects of curriculum and vocational development, teaching, learning and assessment in Tourism. As such, this might include students, alumni, industry partners or educational partners in the process.

Coastal Tourism Research: This research theme reflects our 2017 conference location in Eastbourne, a classic and modern English seaside town, and picks up on research connected with social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions of coastal tourism.

PhD Colloquium: Progress in Tourism & Events: Within this theme, we encourage PhD researchers to present one specific aspect of their research (for example, focus on a specific theoretical perspective, discuss a particular challenge in data collection or illustrate one particular theme that emerged from the findings).


Click on the links below to download the forms:




This year’s conference is to take place at The View Hotel, Grand Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4DN ( Accommodation will also be located here.

On Wednesday 6th December, a Welcome Reception at the Martello Suite of The View Hotel will give a talk on The Tourism Scene in Eastbourne, which will set the tone for the conference in terms of tourism education and coastal tourism research.

The Conference Dinner on Thursday 7th December is in The Royal Pavilion in the centre of Brighton. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, it combines Regency grandeur with exotic styles from India and China (

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For further information, please contact:

Dr. Claire Haven-Tang (, ATHE Vice-Chair and Secretary


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