Save the date: ‘Tourism and slavery heritage’ international symposium (1-2 June 2023)

Save the date! 365 days left for this exciting symposium I am convening on “Tourism and slavery heritage: geographies of cultural productions, cultural memory and commemoration” as part of my NWO Veni project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqDQQAuSDl0 This will be an international symposium exploring the ways in which tourism in its diverse cultural practices and performances transforms and … Continue reading Save the date: ‘Tourism and slavery heritage’ international symposium (1-2 June 2023)

Invitation: ATLAS Africa Webinar (The Impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry in Africa)

We are coming up to almost a year since COVID-19 brought a lockdown of tourism activity across the world. How did this lockdown affect the tourism industry in Africa? How did entreprenuers, businesses, operators and managers adapt to this sudden stop of a very important economic activity? What are the stories of resilience, innovation and … Continue reading Invitation: ATLAS Africa Webinar (The Impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry in Africa)

Cape Chronicles Reloaded: in search of a whale and place names

Every job has its great and not-so-great sides, the perks vs. the drudgery, the good days vs. the not-so-good days. This two-sides-to-every-story phenomenon is most pronounced for me as a tourism academic. On one hand, I get to travel to some amazing destinations but on the other hand, I barely get the chance to see … Continue reading Cape Chronicles Reloaded: in search of a whale and place names

The Ugandan Martyrs and pilgrimage tourism in Namugongo

If I recall correctly, from the Santasi roundabout to Opoku Ware School stretch of the Kumasi-Obuasi road in Ghana, there is a school (or is it a church?) called 'Martyrs of Uganda School'. When I traversed this road regularly during my undergraduate days, I had fleeting moments of wonder about that name but never thought … Continue reading The Ugandan Martyrs and pilgrimage tourism in Namugongo

Phuket, recon survey and the ‘formalisation’ of informal economic activities

Finally, the 'see you soon' became a reality as I arrived at Phuket International Airport on Monday night for the Inclusive Innovation in Tourism research Workshop. There a number of firsts in this experience - first time in Asia (and obviously first time in Thailand) and significantly my first time experiencing jetlag after crossing multiple … Continue reading Phuket, recon survey and the ‘formalisation’ of informal economic activities

Phuket…here I come (soon)!

I am delighted to have been successful with my application and to have been invited to the Newton Funded Researcher Links Workshop on INCLUSIVE INNOVATION IN TOURISM. This Researcher Links Workshop is taking place in Phuket, Thailand at the end of August and... ...provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers from the UK, Thailand and internationally to … Continue reading Phuket…here I come (soon)!

Ciao Napoli – I hope to see you again!

My first outside social encounter in Napoli on the second night of my stay in the city took place at the entrance of a restaurant and unfolded like this: Me: "Are you already serving food?" Italian Waiter:"Food?" Me:"Yes!" Italian Waiter:"Do you want to eat?" Me:"Yes!" Italian Waiter:"Do you have money?" Me:"What?!?" Italian Waiter:"Do you have … Continue reading Ciao Napoli – I hope to see you again!