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Lifelong Learning for Tourism Concepts, Policy and Implementation

    246 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Since the middle of the last century tourism has demonstrated almost continual growth, with international tourist arrivals now recorded in excess of one billion per annum. Given the global socio-economic significance of tourism, it is imperative to develop educational opportunities for those working in tourism-related industries. These opportunities should fulfil the changing needs of both industry, travellers, and the learners themselves. While the concept of lifelong learning in the tourism industry plays an important role, it has received little academic attention to date.

    This book provides a theoretical overview of lifelong learning for tourism, exploring its history, practice, and conceptualization. It demonstrates the importance of lifelong learning for tourism from a variety of perspectives, drawing on educational, industry, policy, and socio-economic insights. The book explores managerial and political implications, critical issues, best practice examples, and draws on a range of international case studies to demonstrate theory in practice. Finally, it offers a conceptual framework for future curriculum approaches.

    This book will be of interest to students, scholars, and practitioners of tourism studies, hospitality, business and management, and international development. It will also appeal to those interested in adult education, vocational training, professional development, and pedagogy.

    Part 1: Concepts and Development

    1. Lifelong learning and tourism education

    David Airey, Violet V. Cuffy and Georgios C. Papageorgiou

    2. Historical developments and global perspectives

    Nesrin Sourak, Violet V. Cuffy, David Airey and Georgios C. Papageorgiou

    Part 2: Implementing Lifelong Learning

    3. Lifelong learning and transformational workforce development

    Madgerie Jameson-Charles

    4. Returning to education: a stressful experience?

    Dimitrios P. Stergiou and David Airey

    5. Millennials in crisis

    Despina Gavrili-Alexandris

    6. Lifelong learning for flight catering supply chains

    Joonhyeong Joseph Kim

    7. Lifelong learning organisations as pedagogy

    Yahui Su

    8. Multiculturality and lifelong learning: a polish case

    Sabina Owsianowska

    Part 3: Policy Perspective

    9. Lifelong learning policy and quality for continuing professional development

    Georgios C. Papageorgiou

    10. Institutionalising lifelong learning in Kenya

    Rayviscic Mutinda Ndivo, Mary Mutisya, Lorenzo Cantoni

    11. Education strategies for tourism lifelong learning in Georgia

    Lela Iosava

    Part 4: Future Directions

    12. Structural arrangements, lifelong learning and SIDS: the case of Dominica

    Violet V. Cuffy

    13. The future of lifelong tourism education

    Georgios C. Papageorgiou, Violet V. Cuffy, and David Airey


    Violet V. Cuffy is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. She is a former Commonwealth Scholar and former scholar of the Organisation of American States. She holds strong research interests in Island Tourism, Carnival Tourism, Tourism Heritage and Culture; Diaspora Tourism, Destination Development and Marketing, Tourism Policy and Product Development, Tourism Education and Training, and Lifelong Learning. 

    David Airey is Emeritus Professor of the University of Surrey, UK. In 2006, he received the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Ulysses Prize for his work in the creation and dissemination of knowledge. Since retiring from his full-time position at Surrey, he has continued to teach, research, and write, based both in the UK and internationally, where he holds a number of visiting professorships.

    Georgios C. Papageorgiou is Associate Professor and Head of the International Tourism and Hospitality Management department at Deree – the American College of Greece. His research interests include tourism education management, tourism policy planning and development, tourism marketing, qualitative research methodologies, and the relationship between tourism and popular culture – in particular music, film and literature.

    "Lifelong Learning for Tourism: Concepts, Policy and Implementation outlines lifelong learning for tourism from multiple perspectives and includes cases from a variety of contexts. From a global perspective, lifelong learning is conceived not only as a vocational theme of adult education but is also understood as learning during lifetime without distinction of origin or purpose. This holistic view, as well as the balance between theory and case studies, makes Lifelong Learning for Tourism: Concepts, Policy and Implementation optimal for both academics and tourism professionals." Sheila S