A number of months have seemingly passed since my last entry, so apologies for the lack of updates. After some very inspiring and immensely rewarding sessions at the 2nd @TouRNet_WRDTC PhD Symposium (more info here, highly recommended for those undertaking a PhD in the tourism/events/hospitality fields!), I thought I would provide you with a brief snapshot of my work in progress. This will focus on my conference abstract acceptances for the 2017 summer season. I will be speaking at the following conferences:
Social justice and social sustainability of mega-event host communities. Tourism Hospitality & Events: Border Crossings & Inter-Connections Research Symposium. 24 May 2017, University of Sunderland, UK.
Social justice of mega-event and tourism host communities with Michael B. Duignan. Critical Tourism Studies Conference VII. 25-29 June 2017, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Follow their Facebook page for further details.
Social justice of mega-event and tourism host communities with Michael B. Duignan. International Conference on Tourism, Ethics and Global Citizenship: Connecting the Dots. 3-6 July 2017, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Search the Twitter hashtag #ctd2017 for key conference announcements and further details.
Advancing sport mega-event research – five critical themes. Association for Events Management Education (AEME) 14th Annual Conference. 5-7 July 2017, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. Search the Twitter hashtag #AEME2017 for key conference announcements and further details.
Each of the conference abstracts will be posted on my academic and research profiles, namely academia and ResearchGate later on in the summer. Additionally, the conference presentations will be added to my SlideShare account.
I’m delighted to be starting a PhD in Olympic Tourism and Event Impacts shortly at Anglia Ruskin University.
I will be updating this blog with updates, insights from my research and the odd reflection throughout my PhD. You can also follow my Twitter page here.
This week is the start of the World Police & Fire Games (1-10 August 2013) set to be held right across Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is only the 3rd European host in the Games history, and the event last took place in New York (2011). The World Police & Fire Games has been hosted a grand total of six times in the U.S.A – firstly in San Jose, California (1985), four times in Canada, twice previously in Europe – Stockholm and Barcelona, as well as in Australia – Melbourne and Adelaide respectively. As a federation the World Police & Fire Games are a non-profit organisation who inspired the formation of the event, which is “open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel worldwide”.
It is anticipated that the Games will comprise of 56 sports events delivered throughout a total of 41 sporting venues. Venues will include the Mary Peters Track, which had recently undergone a major overhaul, in addition to the £38 million Bangor Aurora Aquatics and Leisure Centre, featuring Northern Ireland’s very first 50 metre sized swimming pool, and other sporting complexes such as the Bangor Sportsplex. Originally The Games were expected to reach a target of over 10,000 participating athletes; however the final figure is more likely to be closer to 7,000. The opening ceremony will be held in the Capital city at The King’s Hall – a central exhibition hub with a capacity of just short of 8,000 members.
Tourism and culture has figured prominently in driving a municipal network for attracting and capturing a dynamic international audience to the event. The Northern Ireland Tourist Board have continued to underline the importance of how the likes of tourism providers and visitor attractions can showcase and attempt to leverage the potential gains from additional tourists, which during this period could provide a significant boost to their seasonality strains and visitation to areas of natural beauty. Although statistics in 2012 show that Northern Ireland tourism numbers have remained virtually unchanged, with tourist expenditure rising gradually. The cultural programme for the Games consists of an eclectic and vibrant mix of music, art and history. There will be live music and entertainment from the likes of Faithless, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans and Patrick Kielty at Falls Park. Exhibitions that embrace the history of policing, Irish landscape paintings, observatory and heritage tours. We will see as times goes on the true value of the Games in relation to visitor numbers, generating economic worth, enriching the cultural legacy and whether there continues to be a consistent flow of tourists to integral local and regional hot spots.