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I am Professor of Business and Management in Hertfordshire Business School, haviung been Associate Dean (Research) from 2016 until 2023.  I am also Editor of the top rated Tourism Journal - Tourism Management.   I am the author of over 100 tourism articles and 54 books in the field of tourism, events and leisure.

Many of my books are now standard texts on courses worldwide, many as multiple editions and among the most recent are:

Ageing and the Visitor Economy (with J. Connell). Routledge, Publication in 2022, ISBN 9780367478544

Tourism: A Modern Synthesis, 5th edition (with J. Connell), Routledge, publication 2020 ISBN 9780367437367

Event Studies: Theory, Research and Policy for Planned Events (4th edition) Routledge. Publication in 2019.  ISBN 9780367085636

Tourism Management (6th edition) for Routledge; ISBN 9781138391161 (pbk); 9781138391154 (hbk); 9780429422898 (ebook). Publication in 2019.

Tourism in Asia: A co-edited handbook (with C. M. Hall) for Routledge; ISBN 978113878458 (hbk); 9781315768250 (ebook).  Publication in 2017.

Tourism Management (5th edition) for Routledge:  ISBN 978-1-13-878456-7 (paperback); ISBN 978-1-13-878457-4 (hardback); ebook. Publication January 2015.

Geography of Tourism and Recreation (4th edition): (with C. M. Hall) for Routledge.

ISBN 978041583398-1 (hardback); 978041583398-8 (paperback); 978041583398-2 (ebook); Publication May 2014.

Routledge Handbook of Events: a co-edited (with J. Connell, Exeter University Business School) peer-reviewed reference work to map out progress in the development of event studies and its development as a subject of study by leading researchers in the field, Publication in  January 2012.  ISBN: 9780415583343; ISBN 978-1-13-883281-7 (paperback edition October 2014)

I also hold an Honorary Doctorate in Tourism

Research interests

Small and medium sized enterprises; business engagement; dementia and the visitor economy

Commercial and public engagement

I am currently a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Journal Guide Editorial Board and a member of the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge Working Group on Air Transport.


Research interests


Small and medium sized enterprises

Business engagement

Research impact

Education/Academic qualification

Tourism, PhD (Honorary), The University of West London

Award Date: 23 Nov 2010

Geography, PhD, University of Leicester

Award Date: 30 Apr 1988

Human Geography, BA (Hons) FIrst Class, Staffordshire University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1984


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