26 April 2011

Podcast now available on our research project with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Fiona answers questions after her presentationFiona Hutchison's presentation on ' The Socio-cultural Impacts of Museums in their Local Communities' is now available to download as a MP3 podcast.

The podcast was captured during one of the Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research's monthly talks on our research projects. 

This project is a CASE studentship in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. The museum is currently undergoing a re-development of its main building and will re-open in December 2011. The challenge of this studentship is to create an informed approach to measuring the socio-cultural impact of the museum in the period immediately following its re-opening, which is relevant to the current and future policy climate and meets the needs of this specific regional museum.

Fiona's podcast and accompanying presentation slides are available from our Downloads section.

More information about Fiona's project is available on the project profile.

19 April 2011

PhD student scoops prestigious European award

Photo of the Blue Lagoon Spa in IcelandEinar Svansson, a University of Exeter Business School student affiliated with the Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research, has won a prestigious European award for research he conducted about the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

Einar was presented with the Best Paper award at the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) European conference in Lausanne.

The Blue Lagoon is a famous tourist destination in Iceland, with eighty per cent of inbound travellers visiting it. This equates to more than 400,000 visitors each year. Einar’s winning paper investigated how its customers are cooperating closely with the staff at the resort to develop new products and services. The customers fall into two categories; the first users were psoriasis skin patients using the lagoon water to help heal their irritated skin, the second group are health tourists which helped it to become one of the biggest public spa resorts in the world. The research that Einar conducted is perhaps one of the first examples of using data to highlight the importance of ‘open innovation’ in the leisure industry.

Einar commented, ‘I was completely taken by surprise when the announcement came that I had won the award. Now it has sunk in, I am really delighted for myself and for the Business School to be recognised in this way. I hope to continue my research in this area and undertake more studies of the Blue Lagoon.’

Tim Coles, Director of the Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research and one of Einar's supervisors, said, 'We couldn't be more proud of Einar and his achievement. Einar's research is an important contribution to understanding consumer-led innovation in the tourism sector, and he has been fully committed to achieving the highest standard in his research.'