After I earned my B.A. in Finance, I had no idea that a long backpacking trip would fuel a desire to learn more about the world of tourism. However, as Hippolyte Taine so brilliantly noted, “One travels not to change locations, but ideas.” My new passion led me to join the Chair in Tourism team in 1996. I contributed to a variety of research projects over the years, covering topics such as winter tourism, the cruise industry, charter bus transportation, distribution networks, zoos and aquariums, ecotourism, adventure travel and water sports.
I then had the opportunity to be part of the birth of an exciting new project: the Tourism Intelligence Network. I now work as the Network’s senior researcher, approaching my work with the same enthusiasm I felt at the beginning of my career, primarily because of my extraordinary colleagues and a constant stream of new challenges. My fields of expertise are distribution networks, the online travel market and outdoor tourism.