About the Author
I completed a doctorat de troisieme cycle at the Universite d'Aix-Marseille II in 1975, was on the staff of the Department of Geography at the University of Canterbury (1976-1999) and then held the position of professor of tourism management at Victoria University of Wellington until I retired in 2015. I have also been a visiting professor at the Universidad Austral de Chile, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universite de Paris IV (Paris-Sorbonne) and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Tourism has been the focus of my research and teaching throughout my career. My research on tourism has wide-ranging, substantial and internationally recognized. Basic research dealing with theoretical and methodological issues has been complemented by more applied work directed at problems facing the tourism industry. My most recent research has focused on destinations and destination management. Research in New Zealand has been complemented by studies in Europe, the South Pacific, South East Asia and Chile. I have published over one hundred scholarly papers on tourism, including eight books and edited volumes. My books have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. External evaluations show my research has been consistently of a very high standard. In 2004 I received a Victoria University of Wellington Excellence in Research Award. I received an A, the highest level, in the national 2003, 2009 and 2012 Performance Based Research Fund evaluations. In retirement I have continued to write and be active as a visiting professor and keynote speaker.