Lecturer in Tourism and Management, Director of Education (Management)
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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Sarah Rose is a Senior Lecturer in the Business School where she teaches International Tourism Development and Management.
Sarah has a professional background in the tourism and hospitality industry. She was owner/ manager of a small, but hugely successful Michelin starred hotel in the West Highlands of Scotland. The remote location engendered the need to grow fruit and vegetables and so ‘The Hydroponicum’, a modern Hanging Gardens of Babylon’ crossed with the Eden project was born. It became not only the source of great produce for the kitchen, but a tourist attraction in own right.
After several years as an hotelier in Scotland Sarah moved south and came into teaching rather by accident. She found she enjoyed it and taught in Higher Education for 15 years, latterly managing the Tourism and Hospitality Department of a Higher and Further Education College before joining Exeter Business School five years ago.
In her current role Sarah has expanded her interest in International tourism development and the positive impact it can have on developing countries. Her interest has led to practical research in countries such as Uganda, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia where she has experienced and been involved in development initiatives, thus enabling her to bring a practical as well as theoretical aspect to her teaching.
MA Sustainable Tourism Development
Sarah's current teaching interests lie in the area of responsible and community tourism development and the regeneration of current destinations.
Responsible tourism is very much about putting something back into the areas we as tourists visit, as well as trying to do no harm. The idea is that visitors engage with communities in the sense that they eat local produce, stay in locally owned accommodation and support local businesses as far as possible.
Community tourism is often found in less developed areas where tourists stay in local homes or at least within small often traditional communities. The benefits for the tourist is that they are able to interact with people who often live very different lives, and for the communities themselves, well they get the benefit of meeting people from other cultures too, as well as the obvious financial benefit.
Many areas which are well known for tourism have reached their 'sell by date' and are being refurbished, regenerated and rebranded usually along responsible lines. This revitalises what is often the major employer in an area and gives tourists a nicer, more environmentally friendly area to visit. In all cases, if local communities are involved in tourism development and can see how tourists are of benefit to where they live, they will be welcoming and open to visitors, thus ensuring the tourists themselves have a rewarding holiday.