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Department of Tourism & Hospitality

We are one of the top universities in the world for the study of tourism and hospitality, ranked 3rd in the UK for hospitality, event management and tourism in the Guardian League Table 2019, 10th in the world for hospitality and leisure management according to the QS University Rankings 2019 and 2nd in the UK (10th in the world) for hospitality and tourism management according to the Shanghai Rankings of Academic Subjects 2019.

Our International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research (ICTHR) is recognised globally as a leading contributor to knowledge creation and dissemination in tourism and hospitality. A team of 29 academic staff and over 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students make us one of the biggest and most prolific university departments in the world. The combination of staff expertise and enthusiasm, knowledge excellence and cocreation with industry, generate innovation and best professional practice. Our approach is about creating value with everyone we work with, locally and globally, and to share the benefits with society.

Our approach to teaching is to inspire and empower - we want our students to develop their professional skills in a tourism and hospitality context, and to have the confidence to tackle future global challenges. We foster an intellectually challenging but nurturing educational environment, encouraging our students to develop not only professionally, but also personally.

We work closely with key academic and tourism industry professional bodies and associations, including the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), VisitBritain, VisitScotland, GTMC, Grange Hotels, Bournemouth Tourism, Merlin Entertainments Resort Theme Parks, TUI, Hilton Hotels, Corinthia Hotels and many others.

We are an Institute of Travel & Tourism Centre of Excellence, while many of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the TEDQUAL UNWTO accreditation. Our undergraduate degrees are also recognised by the Tourism Management Institute and our hospitality courses by the Institute of Hospitality.

We also host the Annual Hospitality Conference in London with speakers from Marriott International, Red Carnation Hotels, the Shangri-La Hotel, the Institute of Hospitality Management, Accor International, InterContinental Hotels and Whitbread Premier Inn.

Our in-depth and cutting-edge research in tourism and hospitality means that what we do is always evidence-based. We have expertise in many different fields to address issues in a multidisciplinary and multicultural way. We aspire to drive the future innovation agenda globally. Our academics have, for example, worked with the Scottish government to provide the evidence base for business decisions made at prestigious tourism organisations, such as VisitScotland. Research funded by the European Commission contributes to the creation of the Holy Grail Route and the creation of accessible tourism innovations to support disabled travellers, as well as the promotion of vegetable consumption among adolescents and elderly.

We’re also home to three of the world's leading tourism journals: the International Journal of Tourism Research, Tourism Review and Tourism Economics, as well as the leading international textbook Tourism Principles and Practice, among other publications.

We are proud of our industry collaborations that enable us to cocreate best professional practice through constant interaction and engagement. We are privileged to work in Bournemouth and Poole, a living tourism and hospitality laboratory. This enables our research and teaching to have great relevance and impact in the global marketplace.

Study with us

Studying with us

Studying with us

Discover what studying in the Department of Tourism & Hospitality is like.

Kim Boes


Explore the options for postgraduate research within our department. 

Research activities

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Research themes

Learn more about the research themes our team specialise in and how they have an impact on the global tourism and hospitality sector.

Research projects

Research projects

Get an insight into the kinds of projects we work on and find out more about some of our most recent research work.



See what publications we've contributed to and find out more about the books our academic staff have contributed to.

Research centres

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eTourism Lab

Discover how our eTourism Lab is pushing the boundaries of information and communication technologies to help the tourism sector develop and grow.
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National Coastal Tourism Academy

Read about this new initiative to boost tourism growth across the UK, involving BU, Bournemouth Borough Council and various members of the local tourism industry.

Professional practice

Work with us

Discover how we can help your organisation evolve and push boundaries within the fields of tourism and hospitality.

Work with our students

We want all of our students to be highly employable when they graduate, which is why working with businesses throughout their degrees is important. They can also bring a fresh perspective to your organisation.

Research and knowledge co-creation

We believe working closely with industry partners is the best way to generate exciting and impactful research and co-create knowledge and innovations that will advance the sector.

Consultancy and enterprise

Find out more about the consultancy and enterprise services we offer to businesses. We can tailor our services to meet your organisation's needs.

Our people

Our staff

Our staff

Find out more about our dedicated staff working in the Department of Tourism & Hospitality.

Prizes and awards

Prizes and awards

We celebrate the recognition our staff and students receive through external awards and prizes.

Dr Simon Wong

Hear from our PhD graduates

Discover what our PhD graduates loved about their time studying at BU within the Department of Tourism & Hospitality. 

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