Dr Vanessa GB Gowreesunkar

Associate Professor;
PhD, Oxford Brookes University (UK) /UTM Mauritius

Dr Gaitree (Vanessa) Gowreesunkar is a citizen of Mauritius. She joins from the University of Africa in Nigeria and brings along two decades of academic and research experience. With extensive international exposure in the interdisciplinary specialisms of cultural tourism and in teaching, training and research, she is solicited in various global conferences, webinars and international fora for her expertise. Vanessa hold a PhD which cuts across several disciplines. This was a merit scholarship based on her outstanding academic achievement. Vanessa was a Gold Medalist for her first Degree at the University of Technology, Mauritius, following which she was awarded a fully funded scholarship by the Tertiary Education Commission of Mauritius to pursue her M.Phil./PhD with the University of Technology. Her supervision team comprised Prof Chris Cooper (Oxford-Brookes University, Oxford, UK) and Prof Ramesh Durbarry (Bedford University, UK), and her examiners’ team comprised Prof Wanhill (UK) and Prof Richard Sharpley (University of Central Lancanshire, UK). She was also an awardee for a one year funded scholarship by the University Grants Commission (India) on a PhD training programme. Vanessa speaks and writes six languages namely, English, French, German, Hindi, French Creole and Mauritian Bhojpuri.

From an academic perspective, Vanessa has brought her contributions in a number of international universities/institutions in areas such as curriculum development, PhD supervision, undergraduate/post graduate supervisions, research projects, conference and symposium planning among other cognate duties. Vanessa is also an international reviewer for academic papers and research articles and she is an international examiner for PhD programmes. She serves as editorial board member in several scientific journals, and has a number of publications in Scopus-indexed journals. Vanessa has also assumed the position of lead editors for handbook and text books with international publishers such as Emerald, Routledge and De Gruyter. She serves as liaison officer for the International Journal of Tourism Cities, of which she is an editorial advisory board member. Vanessa is an associate editor for the Journal of Media and Communication Studies, (Common Ground Publishing, USA) and is engaged with the editorial board of the Island Studies Journal (Canada). She is part of the advisory board of the Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies (Illinois) and occupies the position of senior member at the International Economic Research Development Centre (Hong Kong). Vanessa has also been engaged in a number of academic collaborations in India; from 2015 to 2019, she was a research coordinator at the Centre of Tourism Research and Development (Lucknow, India); from 2019 to date, she serves as adjunct faculty for the Lovely Professional University (Jalandhar, India) and she is a visiting faculty for the National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Hyderabad, India).

From a non-academic perspective, Vanessa plays key roles in a number of community empowerment initiatives; from 2010 to 2015, she assumed the role of Vice President and from 2015 to 2017, the role of President, at the African Network for Policy, Research and Advocacy for Sustainability (ANPRAS), a regional Non-Governmental Organisation affiliated with the African Union. As a co-founder of ANPRAS, she spearheaded a number of community-based initiatives and research activities in areas like environment conservation, island tourism development, culture and heritage tourism, social entrepreneurship, women empowerment, community-based tourism and sustainable development. At the level of the African Union Economic and Social Council, Vanessa occupied the position of Executive Secretary for the woman and gender cluster from 2015 to 2018 and currently, she serves as Deputy Chair for the Tourism, Infrastructure and Energy cluster. Vanessa is also actively promoting women empowerment through her affiliation with All Ladies League (India) and the World Advocates in Tourism and Women Academics in Tourism. She serves as National Coordinator for WAELE (Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment) in Nigeria, an international Non-Governmental Organization catering for the cause of women and widows. Vanessa has been conferred various awards for her contribution in research and women empowerment in India, Mauritius and Africa.

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Fully funded Scholarship – Oxford Brookes University (UK) /UTM Mauritius

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) – Merit Scholarship – Nottingham University (UK)/UTM

  • Mauritius

  • BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management – Gold Medallist – University of Technology (UTM) Mauritius

  • B-1 Diploma in German Language – Distinction – Goethe Institute, Germany

Short- Term Courses

  • 2019: University of Africa (Nigeria) – Research grant writing

  • 2018: NIMSME, Hyderabad (India) – Training of Trainers

  • 2017: Goethe Institute (Germany) – Diploma in German language ( B-1 advanced)

  • 2015: Mauritius Institute of Education (Mauritius), Media and education training

  • 2014: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (Mauritius) – Moodle for E-courses

  • 2012: Mauritius Research Council (Mauritius) – Research fund training

  • 2011: Tertiary Education Commission (Mauritius) – Writing skills for research journal

  • 2010: Mauritius Qualifications Authority (Mauritius) – Data Analysis with SPSS

  • 2005: British Council – International English Language Testing System – Distinction

  • 2005: Alliance Francaise – TEF (Test d’Evaluation Francaise) – Trés Bien

  • 1995: Pitman Examinations Institute (London) – Practical Spreadsheet Processing

Vanessa’s research interests evolves around tourism, culture and heritage, marketing and communication, island tourism, sustainable development goals, training and education, community development, environment conservation, women empowerment, entrepreneurship.

Book Editorship

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Maingi, S., Mingate, F. (2021) Tourism Management and Restoration of Ecosystem Service in a Post Pandemic Context: Global issues and Challenges, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group (in progress)

  • Gowreesunkar, V and Seraphin, H. (2021). Tourism: What Strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes – Volume 14 Number 1 (in process)

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Maingi, S., Roy, H. and Micera, R(2021) Tourism Destination Management in a Post Pandemic Context: Global issues and Destination Management Solutions, Emerald Insight, https://books.emeraldinsight.com/, June 2021

  • Séraphin, H., & Gowreesunkar, V. (Eds.). (2020). Children in Hospitality and Tourism: Marketing and Managing Experiences (Vol. 4). Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.

  • Kokkranikal, J., Morrison, A. and Gowreesunkar, V, Guest Editor (2020) – Indian Incredible Cities: anticipating the future, respecting the past, International Journal of Tourism Cities, Emerald Publishing

  • Maximiliano, M., Seraphin, H and Gowreesunkar, V (2020) Post-Colonial, Conflict and Disaster Destinations Marketing Strategy: Towards a New Approach to Tourism Management. Book in press at Apple Academic Press, a division of Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Press

  • Gowreesunkar, V and Seraphin, H. (2020). Children in Hospitality, Tourism and Events: Marketing and Managing Experiences, De Gruyter Publication – September 2020

  • Gowreesunkar, V and Seraphin, H. (2019). What smart and sustainable strategies could be used to reduce the impact of overtourism? Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Theme. Vol 11 N5 Emerald Publishing UK. ISSN 1755-4217

  • Séraphin, H. and Gowreesunkar, V (2017). “What marketing strategy for destinations with a negative image?”, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 9 Issue: 5,pp.496-503, https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-07-2017-0035

  • Seraphin H., Korstanje, M. and Gowreesunkar, V (2018). International Event Management: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice. Nova Science Publishers. Book series. ISBN: 978-1-53613-664-

Book Chapters

  • Seraphin, H., Ambaye, M. Yallop, A. Gowreesunkar, V., Zaman, M. (2020). A Framework for identifying the Potential Impacts of Resort Mini-Clubs. Children in Hospitality and Tourism: Marketing and Managing Experiences (Vol. 4). Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.

  • Séraphin, H., Capucci, M. and Gowreesunkar, V (2020). Resort mini-clubs as tools for the long term improvement of Post-Conflict and Disaster destinations’ image. Children in Hospitality and Tourism: Marketing and Managing Experiences (Vol. 4). Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.

  • Séraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V and Capucci, M. (2020). Adult only hotels’: Why are children excluded? Children in Hospitality and Tourism: Marketing and Managing Experiences (Vol. 4). Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.

  • Maximiliano, M., Seraphin, H and Gowreesunkar, V (2020) Post-Colonial, Conflict and Disaster Destinations Marketing Strategy: Towards a New Approach to Tourism Management. Book in press at Apple Academic Press, a division of Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Press

  • Seraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V., Zaman, M., & Lorey, T. (2019). Limitations of Trexit (tourism exit) as a solution to overtourism. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes.

  • Gowreesunkar, V., & Seraphin, H. (2019). Conclusion: local communities’ quality of life: what strategy to address overtourism?. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

  • Séraphin, H and Gowreesunkar, V (2019). What marketing strategy for destinations with a negative image? Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Volume 11 Number 2, 2019

  • Seraphin, H. and Gowreesunkar, V (2018) , in Seraphin , H and Korstanje, M. editions – International Event Management Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice , Nova Science Publishers, New York ISBN 978-1-53613—665-4

  • Singh, T. V, Naqvi, M. and Gowreesunkar, V (2018). What tourism can do : the fall of pastoral Manali resort in Kulu Valley of Indian Himalayas. E-book, available on Springer on www.springer.com

  • Seraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V (2018). International Event Management: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practices, Nova Science Publishers, /www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=64578. ISBN: 978-1-53613-664-7:/

  • Gowreesunkar, V. G., Séraphin, H. & Morrison, A. (2018), “Destination Marketing Organisations: Roles and Challenges”, In Gursoy, D. & Chi, C.G. (Eds), Routledge Handbook of Hospitality Marketing, London & New-York. Also on https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Destination-Marketing/Gursoy-Chi/p/book/9781138118836

  • Seraphin, H., & Gowreesunkar, V. (2018). On the Use of Qualitative Comparative Analysis to Identify the Bright Spots in Dark Tourism. In M. Korstanje, & B. George (Eds.), Virtual Traumascapes and Exploring the Roots of Dark Tourism (pp. 67-83). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2750-3.ch004; E-Book, Chapter 4, IGI Global book series Advances in Hospitality, Tourism, and the Services Industry (AHTSI) (ISSN: 2475-6547; eISSN: 2475-6555) August 2017: electronic access: eresources@igi-global.com.

  • Séraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V and Chaarani, B (2017). International hotel chains: A two tier CSR system: The case of the hospitality sector in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince (Haïti) – in Christina Koutra edited book “Corporate Social Responsibility: Applications of Good Practices and Malpractices in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry in the Developing World”, Nova Science Publisher, ISBN 978-53612-310-4 (2018)

  • Gowreesunkar, V GB and Varvaressos, S. (2017). Attributes Influencing Customer Satisfaction: A Mauritian Case Study. Handbook of Consumer Behaviour for Hospitality and Tourism, Routledge, UK, pp 185-200

  • Gowreesunkar, V GB and Dixit, S. (2017). Consumer Information Seeking Behaviour. Handbook of Consumer Behaviour for Hospitality and Tourism, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group Publishing, Routledge: UK, pp 55-68

Journal Articles

  • Gowreesunkar, V and Séraphin, H (2021). Black Market Beggarism. Encyclopedia of Tourism Management and Marketing, Edward Elgar Publishing ISBN: 9781800377479

  • Bacari, C., Séraphin, H. and Gowreesunkar, V. (2021), Sustainable development goals and the hotel sector: case examples and implications, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-08-2020-0085

  • Seraphin, H., Bah, M., Fyall, A. and Gowreesunkar, V. (2021), “Tourism education in France and sustainable development goal 4 (quality education)”, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-08-2020-0083

  • Seraphin, H. and Gowreesunkar, V. (2021), Tourism: how to achieve the sustainable development goals?” Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-08-2020-0086

  • Seraphin, H. and Gowreesunkar, V. (2021), Conclusion – Tourism: how to achieve the sustainable development goals?” Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-08-2020-0086

  • Gowreesunkar, V. (2021). Begging and Tourism. Encyclopedia of Tourism Management and Marketing, Edward Elgar Publishing ISBN: 9781800377479

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Seraphin, H. and Canosa, A. (2021). Destination Marketing Organisations: The Need for a Child-centred Approach to Diaspora Tourism. Tourism Planning and Development. DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2021.1903983

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Seraphin, H. and Mohammad, N (2020) Beggarism and Black Market Tourism – A Case Study of Hyderabad City (India) (2020). International Journal of Tourism Cities, Emerald Insight, Volume 1 Issue 3, ISSN 2056-5607

  • Kokkranikal, J, Morisson, A and Gowreesunkar, V (2020). Incredible Cities: anticipating the future, respecting the past, Editorial for Special Issue, International Journal of Tourism Cities, Emerald Insight, Volume 1 Issue 3, ISSN 2056-5607

  • Gowreesunkar, V. and Reddy, M. (2020). Urbanism and Overtourism: Impacts and Implications for the city of Hyderabad. Routledge Handbook of Tourism Cities, Emerald Publishing, UK (Forthcoming November 2020)

  • Seraphin, H., Bonnardel, Gowreesunkar, V. (2020). Redesigning Haiti’s Destination Marketing Organization Logo: Identity, Aesthetics and Communication Implications. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 15, 100393

  • Seraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V. and Platania, M. (2019). Examining the Relationship between Residents’ Level of Happiness and Supportiveness to Tourism Events: Winchester (UK) as a Case Study. Journal of Tourismology, 5(2): 93-112 DOI: 10.26650/jot.2019.5.2.0005 http://jt.istanbul.edu.en

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Seraphin, H. and Teare, R. (2019). Reflections on the theme issue outcomes. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 634-640. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-07-2019-0046

  • Gowreesunkar, V. and Seraphin, H. (2019). Conclusion: local communities’ quality of life: what strategy to address overtourism, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 627-633. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-06-2019-0042

  • Gowreesunkar, V. and Seraphin, H. (2019). Introduction, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 484-491. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-06-2019-0044

  • Seraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V., Zaman, M. and Lorey, T. (2019), “Limitations of Trexit (tourism exit) as a solution to overtourism”, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 566-581. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-06-2019-0037

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Seraphin, H. and Zaman, M. (2019). A Logit Model to explain tourism entrepreneurs’ support for tourism development in the island of Mauritius (Indian Ocean), ARA – Journal of Tourism Research, 19 Vol. 9, No.1 , 2014-4458

  • Gowreesunkar, V (2019) “African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and tourism development in Africa: contribution, contradiction and implications”, International Journal of Tourism Cities, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJTC-02-2019-0029

  • Tej Vir Singh and Gowreesunkar, V (2019). Transformation of Himalayan pilgrimage: a sustainable travel on the wane. Journal on Tourism & Sustainability, Volume 2 Issue 2 June 2019 ISSN: 2515-6780

  • Seraphin, H., Korstanje, M. and Gowreesunkar, V. (2019) Diaspora and ambidextrous management of tourism in post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destinations, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, DOI: 10.1080/14766825.2019.1582658

  • Seraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V., Zaman, M., Bourliataux-Lajoinie (2019). Community based festivals as a tool to tackle tourismphobia and Anti-tourism movements, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 39, 219-223

  • Pompeia, L.F Michael and Gowreesunkur Vanessa GB (2018). Review of the Evolution of marketing techniques in Political Campaigns in a developing state. Journal of communication studies and media, Common Ground Publication

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Naqvi, M. and Seraphin, H. (2018). Impacts and Implications of Islet Tourism Development: Ilot Bernaches, (Mauritius) as a Case Study – Island Studies Journal Volume 13 (1), pp 251-266- https://doi.org/10.24043/isj.26

  • Séraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V., Roselé-Chim, P., Duplan, Y. J. and Korstanje, M. (2018). Tourism planning and innovation: The Caribbean under the spotlight. Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, 9, 384-388.

  • Seraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V., Rodriguez D, and Pagan, N (2018). Assessing the tourism performance of a destination. Towards a new approach using Cuba as a case study. Critical Essays in Tourism Research, Nova Publishers

  • Seraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V, Capatana, A. and Yallop, A (2018) .Heritage in tourism organisations’ branding strategy: The case of a post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destination. International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research. doi: 10.1108/IJCTHR-05-2017-0057

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Tej Vir Singh and Naqvi, M. (2017). Why Tourism Eludes the Grasp of Stakeholders? Some Reflections on Sustainability, Journal of On Tourism and Sustainability (JOTS) Volume 1 Issue 1, ISSN 2515-6780, November issue (ISBN 9780948314674)

  • Teare, R., Séraphin, H. and Gowreesunkar, V.GB (2017), “Editorial”, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 9 No. 5, pp. 494 495. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-07-2017-0039

  • Teare, R.,Seraphin, H, and Gowreesunkar,V (2017). “What marketing strategy for destinations with a negative image?”, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-07-2017-0039 available on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/WHATT-07-2017-0039

  • Seraphin, H. and Gowreesunkar, V (2017).Unlocking changes for sport tourism products using the Blakeley-Visser model. Application to sport events in small islands: The case of Martinique. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. Vol 15 (1), 60-81

  • Seraphin, H. and Gowreesunkar, V (2017). Post-colonial, post-conflict and post-disaster destinations image recovery: Which strategy to implement? Theme Editors. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes Volume 11 Number 2, 2019

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Naqvi, M. and Seraphin, H (2017). Why Tourism eludes the grasp of Stakeholders: Some Reflections on Sustainability. Paper presented at the 8th conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism Development: Issues, Challenges & Debates, 25th – 28th April 2017. Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Gowreesunkar, V and Seraphin, H. (2016).

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    Seraphin, H, Gowreesunkar,V. and Ambaye M (2016).The Blakeley Model Applied to Improving a Destination: an exploratory study: the case of Haiti, Journal of Destination Management and Marketing, Vol.5 No.4 pp.325-332 – online link :https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212571X16301597 doi: 10.1016/j.jdmm.2016.07.004

    Pompeia, M and Gowreesunkar, V (2016). The use of Facebook as marketing tool by politicians: an empirical study in Mauritius. Journal of Communication and Media Studies. volume 1 Issue 3, September, 25-38

  • Séraphin, H., Ambaye, M., Gowreesunkar, V. and Bonnardel, V. (2016). A marketing research tool for destination marketing organizations’ logo design. Journal of Business Research, 69(11), pp.5022-5027.

  • Gowreesunkar, V (2016). What island can learn from tourism and entertainment in Mauritius, The Conversation, South Africa, 13 January 2016 -http://theconversation.com/what-islands-can-learn-from-mauritius-about-tourism-and-entertainment-52632

  • Gowreesunkar, V and Sotiriades, M. (2014). Entertainment of leisure tourists in island destinations: Evidence from the Island of Mauritius. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Vol 4, Issue 2223, 1-19.

  • Gowreesunkar, V., Van der Sterren, J. and Seraphin, H (2015). Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Promoting Global Citizenship in Island Tourism Destination Management, ARA Journal, Volume 5, No.1, pp 7-23, E-Issn:2014.4458

  • Gowreesunkar, V and Rycha Ian (2015) A Study on the Impacts of Dolphin Watching as a Tourism Activity: Western Mauritius as a Case Study, International Journal of Trade, Economic and Finance, Vol 6, No. 1, pp 67-72

  • Gowreesunkar, V. and Chintaram, G (2014) Engaging Locals for Sustainable Tourism in Mauritius – the STORSA Initiatives, Multi Stakeholder Magazine for Sustainable Development Goal 2015, Samoa

  • Seraphin, H., Gowreesunkar, V and Butler, C. (2013) Entrepreneurship in the Tourism Sector: A Comparative Approach of Haiti, Mauritius and Coastal Kenya, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, Volume 11, No.2, pp 72-92

  • Gowreesunkar, V , Cooper, CP and Dubarry R (2009) The Role of Internal Marketing in Destination Management: A Case Study of Grand Bay Mauritius, International Journal of Environmental, Cultural and Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, No. 5, pp 142-160

  • Press and Newsletter Articles

    • 2020 – July 13 – Experts’ Opinions | Tourism – a sector locked by the Coronavirus Crisis. Perspectives and Solutions. https://www.developmentaid.org/#!/news-stream/post/68914/free-press-unlimited-loses-important-dutch-subsidy

    • 2020 – Crisis of virology and virality – dangerous duo – Telangana Today, 30 May

    • 2020 – Social Media Saga and the COVID-19 Pandemic, L’Express Newspaper, https://www.lexpress.mu/node/377508

    • February 2019 – Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa by Dr Funeka Yazini April, Lead Author, Secretary, AU ECOSOCC Research & Advisory Coordination, Human Science Research Council and and Mr Robert Phiri, Professor Cheryl Hendricks and Dr Gowreesunkar, AU ECOSOCC Research and Advisory Coordination members

    • 2018 – 23 March – Tourism Line: Tourism in Africa: Insight from destination of the African Union (Vol 1). Available online http://www.tourismlineng.com/tourism-in-africa-insight-from-destinations-of-the-african-union-vol-1/

    • 2018 – ECOSOCC Magazine – Tourism and the Shrinking Role of CSOs in Africa: a Broad View from Below

    • 2017 – MIE Newsletter: The Blakeley learning model and the 9 year schooling framework

    • 2016 – AU Newsletter- Tourism in Africa: Insight from Destinations of the African Union

    • 2016 – The Conversation, South Africa, 13 January – What island can learn from tourism and entertainment in Mauritius, – http://theconversation.com/what-islands-can-learn-from-mauritius-about-tourism-and-entertainment-52632

    • 2015 – Le Matinale 06 May – Entrepreneurship Workshop coverage

    • 2015 – Le Matinale 28 April – Health Day Coverage

    • 2015- Le Mauricien – 23 April Tourisme— observation des dauphins: le manquéde contrôle des autorités décrié

    • 2015 – Le Mauricien – 16 July – Tourisme étude sur l’îlot Bernaches: Vanessa Gowreesunkar préconise la création d’un régulateur

Awards
• 2020 – Emerald Literati Award Winner – Outstanding reviewer for International Journal of Tourism Cities
• 2019 – “Exceptional Women of Excellence” Award- World Economic Forum, 11th-16th, April, New Delhi – http://www .wef.org.in/dr-gaitree-vanessa-gowreesunkar/
• 2018 – National Winner – ANPRAS Earth Mauritius project – Energy Globe Award
• 2017 – African Achiever Excellence Award – International Summit on ‘the role of women in peace and conflict resolution in Africa, Hilton Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
• 2016 – Pride of African Woman Award for Contribution towards African Women Emancipation, WAELE, Nigeria
• 2014 – Best Paper Award at International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management, Paris
• 2014 – Best Oral Presenter, International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management – http://www.iedrc.org/show-27-155-1.html
• 2012 – Nominee for Young Scientist Award at International Conference on Tourism ,Greece
• 2005 – Ministry of Tourism Award for outstanding performance in Tourism Studies
• 2005 – Student of the Year Award – University of Technology, Mauritius
• 2004 – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference – Best plenary speaker
• 1992 – Top-5 Best Student Award for German Language – Loreto Convent of Rose Hill, Mauritius

Memberships with International Bodies
• Vice-Chair – African Union Economic, Cultural and Social Council, Zambia
• Founder – African Network for Policy Research and Advocacy for Sustainability, Mauritius
• National Coordinator (Mauritius) – Women Advancement and Economic Leadership and Empowerment, Nigeria

Conferences
Role: Key Note Speaker

• 2021 – 17th Special Peace Summit for Africa – Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment Foundation in Africa, Nigeria
• 2020 – International Virtual Conference on Tourism and Heritage, Luxor University, Egypt
• 2020 – Keynote Speaker for World Tourism Day – Amity University, Kolkata, India
• 2019 – International Conference on Culture and Tourism, NITHM, Hyderabad, India
• 2018 – Zhoushan International Cruise Development , One Belt and One Road Initiative, China
• 2017- International Tourism Studies Association Conference, South Africa
• 2017 – 8th international conference on ‘Sustainable Tourism Development, Nepal
Role: Moderator/Discussant/Presenter/Chair
• 2021 – Chair – marketing session – National Conference 2021, Innovation and Strategies for Economic Transformation, Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Management, Hyderabad, India
• 2020 – Moderator – African Union virtual conference on the impact of COVID-19 on women’s civil society in Africa
• 2014 – Paper presenter – International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management, France, Paris
• 2013 – Discussant -Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management Conference – University of Mauritius
• 2013 – Speaker – International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Common Ground Publishing, Mauritius
• 2012- Speaker – International Conference on – Trends, Impacts and Policies on Sustainable Tourism Development, Cyprus
• 2011 – Discussant – International Tourism Sustainability Conference: Embracing Social and Environmental Change: the Influence and Role of Tourism, Balaclava, University of Technology, Mauritius and University of Bedfordshire, UK
• 2011 – Discussant – 8th International Conference on Learning with Common Ground (USA) and University of Mauritius
• 2010 – Speaker – International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Issues, Debates and Challenges, Crete and Santorini, Greece
• 2009 – Discussant – 5th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability University of Technology Mauritius Common Ground

Role: International Coordinator

2021
• International Conference on Excellence in Marketing & Tourism Management with SINOP University of Turkey , 01-03 August 2021
2011
• The International Tourism Sustainability Conference : Embracing Social and Environmental Change: the Influence and Role of Tourism, 21-24 September 2011, Balaclava, University of Technology, Mauritius and University of Bedfordshire (UK)
• The 8th International Conference on Learning, 05-08 July 2011, University of Mauritius and Common Ground (USA)
2009
• The 5th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 5-7 January 2009, University of Technology Mauritius and Common Ground (USA)

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