18 Oct 2016


Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is aims to act as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within, the Asia Pacific region.

As well as publications which can be purchased, a section of the PATA website contains a selection which are free to download - here are a couple: 'Connected Visitor Economy Bulletin' reports on sustainable tourism in relation to the visitor economy and includes comments from various authors; a report summary of where Asian millennials are choosing to travel to, can be viewed here.

17 Oct 2016


The Global Tourism Economy Forum took place in Macau this weekend; now in it's fifth year, it is a gathering of business leaders, decision-makers and academia, coming together to discuss how different industries can capitalize on tourism development and contribute to economic growth. This year the focus was on "The Growing Consumer Class - Rethinking and Reshaping the Future Tourism Landscape". 

14 Oct 2016

World's Oldest Library Re-opening

A library that dates back to the ninth century, will soon be re-poening. Following a four-year restoration project of  Al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco, it is hoped that it will be open before 2017. Among the library's thousands of ancient manuscripts, is a ninth-century Koran that was written on camel skin. 

And it is not just for tourists to admire - the restoration company have ensured that it will be a fully-functioning facility to be enjoyed by the local population too.

13 Oct 2016


The International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM) communicates the latest developments and thinking on the management of hospitality and tourism businesses worldwide. As both a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary journal, it publishes double-blind reviewed papers covering issues relating to strategic management, operations, marketing, finance and human resources management.

Here are the links to the first 11 issues that have now been published -
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Issue No. 1         Issue No. 2       Issue No. 3          Issue No. 4      Issue No. 5       Issue No. 6           Issue No. 7        Issue No. 8       Issue No. 9        Issue No. 10       Issue No. 11

12 Oct 2016

Stay Positive!

I have featured a post on the right, by Debby McAllister, one of our UCB student bloggers. It will resonate with many of our students, who may be feeling they can't cope with the burden of coursework, feeling homesick or lonely and for some, this might be causing anxiety, panic attacks or even depression. 

They do say a problem shared is a problem halved and even better to talk to someone going through the same thing; this is the idea behind a new society that Debby and her friends are setting up at UCB. It is called 'Positive Minds' and the first meet-up will be tomorrow at 12noon in McIntyre House, Room 251. It's a fantastic idea and I'm sure many students will benefit from opening up and talking to a friendly face. 

11 Oct 2016

Aviation news

Norwegian Air, a low cost carrier connecting cities such as New York and London, is proving to be stiff competition for regulators, legacy US airlines and their employee unions, who are watching the carrier keenly. Skift interviews Norwegian Air's CEO to find out why.

As European air passengers take advantage of the drop in air fares, it is a worrying time for European airline investors

With Airbnb and Quantas teaming up, members of Qantas Frequent Flyer’s program find they now have another way to earn Qantas Points when they travel. 

6 Oct 2016

The Traveller@UCB

Out now, is the new issue of UCB's 
Written for our hospitality and tourism students, it provides a great insight into what our students have been busy doing - we hear about their globetrotting tales, their stories from the world of work and ventures into volunteering. There are also pages containing some great travel snaps,
e-resource/book reviews and a quiz.
Well worth a read!