Tourism Research Centre
On January 20, 2003 a group of faculty engaged in tourism-related research came together to establish a Tourism Research Group. The primary purpose of the group was to collaborate on research projects of mutual interest and develop a centre to facilitate collaboration around tourism research. On Thursday March 17, 2003, the Board of Governors of Brandon University established the Tourism Research Centre at Brandon University. The goals for establishing a research centre for tourism include:
- Building networks on campus and beyond
- Building research programs with those interested in tourism research
- Facilitating outreach opportunities with communities and tourism agencies and organizations
The Tourism Research Centre has received a three year grant of $90,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The purpose of the grant is to foster and facilitate tourism research at Brandon University. The grant includes research, partnership building, guest speakers, conference attendance and web site development.
Faculty research interests include: Rural Economic Diversification (Community Futures, Western Diversification), Atlantic Canada (model forests), Craft and Artisanal Industries and Community Development, Mexico (resorts) and Manitoba (Inglis Grain Elevators), Whale Watching (east and west coast of Canada), Heritage Tourism, Religious Tourism, Tourism and Disabilities, and Tourism in Peripheral Areas.