BU Event Explores Wildlife Tourism Opportunities

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Bournemouth University and The Tourism Society event explores the future directions, developments and management implications of wildlife tourism.

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Following a growing interest in Britain’s diverse nature, wildlife tourism has become increasingly popular throughout the UK with tourists seeking out opportunities to see charismatic and flagship species.

Opportunities surrounding this growing tourism sector will be explored at a forum event hosted by Bournemouth University (BU) and The Tourism Society, on Wednesday 12 May, 12.30-6pm, at the University’s Talbot Campus, Poole.

‘Wildlife Tourism in Britain: Future directions, developments and management implications’ will feature presentations given by leading experts from the UK tourism industry and BU’s International Centre for Tourism & Hospitality research (ICTHR).

The event will draw BU recent wildlife tourism research in the British Isles and will discuss major themes including:

  •     Market trends
  •     Wildlife tourism ‘products’ in Britain
  •     Key stakeholders and their roles
  •     Provision of wildlife viewing infrastructure
  •     Providing quality experiences
  •     Destination marketing
  •     Visitor management

BU’s Dr Susanna Curtin from the ICTHR comments: “Wildlife watching is often combined with a range of other tourist activities such as walking, cycling, kayaking, touring, sightseeing and enjoying the natural landscape

“Tourists exhibit a range of typologies from the avid enthusiast to those with a passing and casual interest for the day but all require some level of infrastructure development, information provision and careful management in order to reduce potential impacts on habitats and focal species

“We are pleased to be able to welcome speakers from organisations such as Visit England, The National Trust, The Travelling Naturalist, The National Parks Authority and The Born Free Foundation to help us explore these issues and identify opportunities for the future.”

For further information and to book a place at this event please contact the Tourism Society on tel: +44 (0)20 8661 4636, email: daniel@tourismsociety.org or visit http://www.tourismsociety.org/events/wildlife_tourism_britain.

Notes to Editors:
1.    BU is the UK’s Number One New University (first place among all institutions that became universities since 1992) according to The Guardian University Guide 2009 & 2010. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/education)
2.    In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) BU is the fourth most improved university in the UK for the quality of its research (according to Times Higher Education).

BU Press Office: Tel: (01202) 961033 e-mail: press(at)bournemouth(dot)ac(dot)uk

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