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UK Tourism Policy – A Punctuated Equilibrium view

July 22, 2016

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Based on our ongoing research into tourism policy in the UK, Dr Samantha Chaperon and I recently gave this presentation at the International Conference on Tourism in Naples, Italy. In our presentation, we present research where we tested the utility of the concept of punctuated equilibrium, for understanding recent changes in UK tourism policy.  Punctuated […]

Policy Change and Tourism Policy in the United Kingdom

May 16, 2016

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Along with Dr Samantha Chaperon, I have recently had a paper accepted for the 6th International Conference on Tourism, which is being held in Naples, Italy from 29th June to 2nd July this year. The paper builds on our earlier joint work on UK tourism policy, and my own work in this area.  In our […]

Heritage, Tourism and Economic Development in Seaside Towns

March 18, 2015

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Yesterday, I gave this presentation at a fascinating event at Turner Contemporary in Margate on local lists and the heritage sector.  I was invited to speak by the Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum and Margate Civic Society, about the relationship between heritage, tourism and economic development.  This was great opportunity for me to return to Margate, […]

Tourism Policy in the UK – do we really need one?

February 9, 2015

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Despite writing and teaching about tourism policy, I do sometimes wonder about whether we need tourism policy at all, at least in the UK. The classical arguments for why we need tourism policy are fairly convincing: The industry is incredibly complex and fragmented and benefits from structure and leadership; The environmental impacts of tourism require management; […]

UK Tourism Policy and the 2015 General Election

January 7, 2015

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As the 2015 general election in the UK draws nearer, the tourism industry will look with interest to the manifestos of the major parties to see whether tourism gets a mention.   Despite none of the parties mentioning tourism in their manifestos for the election in 2010, tourism was the subject of one of the first […]

Reducing Tourism VAT and the Route to Happiness – free talk at the University of Greenwich

November 25, 2013

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On 11th December 2013, we’ve invited Graham Wason, the chairman of the campaign to cut Tourism VAT, to give a talk at the University of Greenwich. Graham Wason is Chairman of the Campaign for Reduced Tourism VAT, which urges UK Government to reduce VAT on visitor accommodation and attractions to 5%, arguing that this will make the UK more competitive with […]

An analysis of the UK Government’s tourism policy

July 11, 2013

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We’ve just had this analysis published in the journal ‘Cultural Trends’. You can download the article from here.  If you don’t have access, please contact me.  The abstract is below, as well as a presentation of the article that we gave at the Tourism Trends and Advances in the 21st Century conference in Rhodes, earlier […]