School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Principal Lecturer Dr. Simon Woodward recently returned from an ERASMUS exchange to Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland, where he contributed to a number of teaching sessions on their undergraduate tourism and hospitality management programme. He drew on his experience of preparing tourism strategies in destinations as diverse as Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.

Simon's teaching sessions gave the students a better understanding of some of the contemporary planning challenges faced by central and regional government agencies, host communities and of course the tourism sector itself. During his trip Simon was also able to spend some time at the World Heritage Site of Suomenlinna (Sveaborg), a coastal fortress just outside Helsinki, which will feature in his forthcoming textbook on managing World Heritage as a case study on how to manage visitor pressures on small islands.

Simon in Finland

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