Domestic tourism data review
Start dateMarch 2022
End dateJune 2022
The project aims to review Britain’s current and future domestic tourism data, in terms of the sources and user needs, that will inform the planning for VisitEngland’s future production and dissemination of domestic tourism data. The following key aspects are reviewed:
- What data are needed to inform Government and industry?
- Where is this best sourced from?
- Would the resources allocated to the current data production be more effectively utilised to acquire other sources?
- Where will/should the data be acquired from in the future?
- How should the data be shared?
- To what extent do the data and insights VisitEngland currently produces and disseminates meet user needs?
Dr Jason Chen
Associate Professor in Tourism and Events Management, Director of Postgraduate Research
Jason is an Associate Professor in Tourism and Events Management. Before joining the University of Surrey in 2011, Jason received his BA in Economics in 2004 and MSc in Economics and Statistics in 2007. He then worked as a research assistant at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he obtained his PhD in Tourism Management. Jason has worked with various organisations on research and consultancy projects about tourism demand modelling and forecasting, tourism impact evaluation, and tourist satisfaction assessment.
Professor Gang Li
Professor of Tourism Economics, Director of International Relations, Director of the Centre for Competitiveness of the Visitor EconomySee profile
Dr Yoo Ri Kim
Yoo Ri is a Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management. She gained her BSc in Geography with Economic at the London School of Economics and Political Science and MSc in International Tourism Development at the University of Surrey. At the same university, she completed her doctoral degree on spatial clustering and productivity in the hospitality and tourism industry, funded by the ESRC. Yoo Ri is continuing her research on applied economics, productivity and performance, and expanding her research expertise into big data and innovation and equity, diversity and inclusion in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Professor Allan Williams
Chair in Tourism and Mobility Studies
Allan studied Economics and Geography at University College Swansea, before obtaining his PhD at the London School of Economics. After completing his doctoral thesis, he worked as a Research Fellow at the LSE and then was Lecturer in Geography at the University of Durham. In 1978 he moved to the Geography Department at the University of Exeter, where he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and then, from 1995, Professor of Human Geography and European Studies.He was Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies 1987-95. He also jointly established, with Gareth Shaw, an MSc in Tourism, Development and Policy at Exeter in 2000. He was appointed to the Chair in European Integration and Globalization at London Metropolitan in 2006, in the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, and the Working Lives Research Institute. He joined the Tourism Group in the Faculty of Management at Surrey in January 2011.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science, and has been a member of several Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) committees including: the Research Grants Board, and the 'One Europe or Several' Commissioning Panel. He chaired the ESRC/NERC Transdisciplinary Seminars competition and was vice chair of the ESRC First Grants Commissioning Panel in 2006, and a member of the Commissioning Panel for CASE Studentships, 2006-9.
Within the Royal Geographical Society with the IBG, he has been Chair of the Annual Conference in 2005, Chair of the Research Groups Sub-Committee, a Member of the Research Committee, and a Member of Council. He was awarded the Heath prize of the Royal Geographical Society in 1995 for his research on Europe. He was founding co-editor of European Urban and Regional Studies, 1994-2009, and founding Co-Editor of Tourism Geographies, 1999-2016. He is an Adjunct Professor in the National Centre for Research on Europe, at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
His central research interests are the relationships between economic development and mobility, and especially the roles of knowledge and risk. He is especially interested in the relationships between tourism and migration, return migration, innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship. He has undertaken research in a number of European countries, but especially Central Eastern Europe, Southern Europe and the UK, as well as New Zealand.