Dr Claire Humphreys
Acting Head of Department
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My career in tourism grew from time spent exploring different cultures and places across the globe. This led to an undergraduate degree in Tourism Business Management (first class) and a postgraduate MSc in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Birmingham.
I completed my teaching qualification with a specialism in Further, Adult and Higher Education before joining the University of Westminster in 2000. My current research interests focus on sports tourism (and sports events) and consumer decision-making. I have developed a specialism in Golf Tourism, one of the largest sectors of the sports tourism industry.
Over the past decade I have been working with Chris Holloway to regularly produce editions of the popular tourism text 'The Business of Tourism', the most current edition was published in 2016.
I am Course Leader for the MA Tourism Management and the MA Events and Conference Management degrees. I teach on both these courses as well as to students studying on the undergraduate tourism and events programs. My teaching areas include tourism and events marketing, events planning and design, and the sociological aspects of tourism.
I obtained my PhD in Tourism Studies, the focus of which is on consumer decision-making for the sports tourism industry. This research has an emphasis on the golf tourism market. I have published book chapters and journal articles on issues related to this field of study