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David Beirman University of Technology Sydney, Australia

David Beirman is Adjunct Fellow in Tourism at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) School of Business, Australia. He completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees majoring in Sociology at the University of NSW. David ‘s 30 year career in the Australian travel industry encompassed work with retail travel agencies, wholesale tour operators, consolidation and air fares, destination marketing and management, human resource management and in-service travel industry training. Prior to joining UTS as a full-time lecturer in November, 2009 David had developed tourism courses and lectured part-time at UTS, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, University of Sydney and University of NSW in market research, Middle East Studies and Sociology.

His specialist areas of research are tourism risk, crisis and recovery management and destination marketing. He has been widely published in these fields. He has been invited as a keynote speaker in conferences all over the world and has provided crisis and recovery management consultation to governments and tourism businesses in Australia and overseas. David maintains industry connections as a member of PATA’s Rapid Response Crisis Management Task Force and as a founding member since 2003 of the Consular Consultative group to the Australian Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Between 2000-2012 he was the founder and National Secretary of the Eastern Mediterranean Tourism Association which promoted and marketed 17 national destinations between Italy and Jordan to the Australian travel trade and consumer markets. He was also Director of the Israel Government Tourism Office (Oceania) between 1994-2006.  In September 2011 and September 2012 he co-organized the UN World Tourism Organization’s conferences held in Australia on the integration of Emergency Management and Tourism. David is the co-chair of the Tourism Risk, Crisis and Recovery Special Interest Group of the Council of Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Educators

Teaching Areas: tourism marketing; destination management; strategic management in tourism; niche marketing in tourism; the tourism and hospitality industry structure and politics; tourism risk, crisis and recovery management, airline and transport management, human resource management.


Research Areas: tourism risk; crisis and recovery management; destination marketing and sustainable tourism


 Books By David Beirman

(2003) Restoring Tourism Destinations in Crisis(2003) Allen & Unwin,Sydney Cabi Publishing UK and USA

(2011) Co Author with Bert Van Walbeek Bounce Back Tourism Risk, Crisis and Recovery Management Guide: Pacific Asia Travel Association Bangkok.

(2016) Tourism Risk, Crisis and Recovery Management Guide: Council of Australian Tour Operators, Sydney