Barry O’Mahony

Professor and Chief Academic Officer at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Barry O’MahonyProfessor Barry O’Mahony began his career as an apprentice chef in Ireland and subsequently held senior positions in international hotel chains including Trust House Forte, Parkroyal and ITT Sheraton. He transitioned to education as an advanced skills teacher in culinary arts in Sydney, Australia and later completed a Bachelor of Business in Catering and Hotel Management, a Masters of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. He has taught undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses in Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong, the United States and the Middle East. His Academic leadership experience includes Dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Chair and Head of the Department of Marketing, Tourism and Social Impact at Swinburne University, Melbourne and Director of the Centre for Hospitality and Tourism, Research at Victoria University. Professor O’Mahony’s ongoing research interests include marketing, hospitality and tourism and he has published over 100 scholarly manuscripts, editorials and articles in knowledge exchange journals. He has received several awards and distinctions for his work including best paper awards and citations for excellence in teaching and learning and for industry engagement.

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Designing Attractive Food Tourism Experiences

As it's not dependent on the natural attributes of a destination such as sun, sea and sand, food tourism can be an important tool for hospitality and tourism businesses, allowing them to attract tourists during off-peak times.