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Navigating Issues and Challenges in Implementing Sustainable Practices with Dr. James Scott from University of Sunderland, UK


Taylor's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events recently hosted a Tourism Speaker Series focusing on 'Sustainable Tourism: Issues and Challenges in Implementing Sustainable Practices'. The goal was to enhance students' understanding of sustainable tourism in the field of Tourism and Hospitality. Dr. James Scott from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom delivered a keynote speech on this topic, drawing on his extensive experience in leading departments related to hospitality, events, aviation, and tourism across international campuses.

Dr. James Scott is currently the Head of School of Law and Tourism at University of Sunderland. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Durham University. With a robust skill set that includes Higher Education, Research, Event Management, University Teaching, Time Management and more, Dr. James contributes valuable insights to the industry. His research interests include legislation around the night-time economy and liminal spaces for tourism in the developing world. He is a travel enthusiast and have enjoyed hospitality and events in 69 countries.

Approximately 30 students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Tourism Management (Hons.) programme actively participated in this 1.5-hour session. The interactive nature of the talk allowed students to deepen their understanding of sustainable practices within the tourism industry. The session included group activities centered around a compelling case study, where students analyzed the study and proposed innovative funding decisions aimed at advancing tourism development objectives while ensuring responsible spending.


The students' energy and enthusiasm were evident as each group presented their creative ideas and solutions. The level of creativity and passion demonstrated by the students was commendable, reflecting their commitment to promoting sustainable tourism practices. Three winning teams were recognized for their outstanding proposals, inspiring their peers to think critically and creatively about sustainable tourism.

Overall, the Tourism Speaker Series provided an insightful and enriching experience for the students, emphasizing the importance of addressing sustainability challenges in the tourism industry. The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events is dedicated to nurturing future leaders equipped with the knowledge and skills to drive positive change within the realm of sustainable tourism.

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