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With a background in tourism studies, Nicola has researched and taught since the 1990s. Her research interests include socio-cultural policy issues in tourism, tourism development in rural areas, destination image and the representation of place. She is the co-author of Royal Tourism: Excursions around Monarchy, a book that looks at the relationships between tourism and royalty, in response to claims that the Royal Family is good for tourism.


  • Socio-cultural policy issues in tourism
  • Tourism development in rural areas
  • The relationship between tourism and royalty, destination image and the representation of place
  • Tourism in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic)
  • Local and regional visitor economies
Notable media coverage:
  • Daily Express [18 November 2010]
    No budget wedding as Prince William and Kate Middleton opt for day of pageantry
  • Photo courtesy of Thomas Depenbusch @Flickr