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Peter Bolan


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 113 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Personal profile


Dr Peter Bolan is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the international travel and tourism management programmes in the Ulster University Business School’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Peter studied for an honours degree in geography at Ulster before going on to work in the tourism and hospitality industry for a number of years. Returning to academia he completed an MSc in Tourism Management (Ulster University) in 1995, and moved into a lecturing position in travel and tourism management. Peter obtained a PGCFHE in 1998 and undertook a second Masters degree in eTourism (University of Surrey) in 2004 and in 2010 completed his PhD (Motivation, Authenticity and Displacement in Film-induced Tourism). He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Peter’s main research areas focus on film/screen tourism, digital tourism, golf tourism and food tourism as well as some pedagogic research on the use of digital technology in teaching. He has published on all these areas in academic journals and leading tourism text books (winning a number of best paper awards at academic conferences) and is currently supervising four PhD studies in relation to various aspects of tourism and digital strategy. Peter also engages regularly in consultancy work with industry (in line with his core research areas) and works closely with local community and business networks (he is currently chair of a Northern Ireland Food Tourism network for the Causeway region, and sits on the committees of the North Coast Armada Connection Group and the Destination Management and Event Delivery Committee for the Irish Open Golf Championship). Peter writes for a number of business and industry trade publications and is the tourism commentator for Hospitality Review NI. He is a regular speaker at tourism industry events, conferences and workshops.

External positions

External Examiner, Bournemouth University

21 Sep 201830 Jun 2022

Director - Lacada Brewery, Lacada Brewery

1 Sep 2015 → …

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Research Output 2003 2019

  • 113 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 31 Conference contribution
  • 12 Article
  • 8 Chapter
  • 2 Other contribution

Film Tourism through the Ages: from Lumiere to Virtual Reality

Bolan, P. & Ghisoiu, M., 6 Dec 2019, The Future Past of Tourism. Yeoman, I. & McMahon-Beattie, U. (eds.). Bristol UK, p. 236-252 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Virtual reality
Future trends

Shining a digital light on the dark: Harnessing online digital media to improve the dark tourism experience

Bolan, P. & Simone-Charteris, M., 8 Mar 2018, The Palgrave MacMillian Handbook of Dark Tourism Studies. London, p. 727-746

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Digital media
Social media

Exploring film tourism potential in Ireland: from Game of Thrones to Star Wars

Bolan, P. & Kearney, M., Nov 2017, In : Revista Turismo e Desenvolvimento. 27/28, 1, p. 2149-2156

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social media
7 Citations (Scopus)

The Emerging Smart Event Experience: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Bustard, J., Bolan, P., Devine, A. & Hutchinson, K., 18 May 2018, In : Tourism Review. 74, 1, p. 116-128

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A perspective on the near future: mobilizing events and social media

Bolan, P., 5 Feb 2015, The Future of Events and Festivals. Oxon, p. 200-209

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

social media
digital media


Best paper

Clare Carruthers (Recipient), Brenda McCarron (Recipient), Adrian Devine (Recipient), Peter Bolan (Recipient) & U McMahon-Beattie, (Recipient), 10 May 2015



Best Paper Award at BAM 2013

Peter Bolan (Recipient), Karise Hutchinson (Recipient) & John Lamont (Recipient), 14 Sep 2013

Prize: Honorary award

Organizational transformation

Best Paper Award at CHME 2015

Peter Bolan (Recipient), 20 May 2015

Prize: Honorary award


Best Paper Award at THRIC 2015

Peter Bolan (Recipient) & Matthew Kearney (Recipient), 14 Jun 2015

Prize: Honorary award

Research Impact Excellence Award 2017

Peter Bolan (Recipient) & John Bustard (Recipient), 14 May 2017

Prize: Honorary award

impact research

Activities 2015 2019

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Consultancy
  • 2 Publication Peer-review
  • 1 Oral presentation

Tourism in Northern Ireland: the Game of Thrones effect

Peter Bolan (Speaker)
24 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Digital Brand and Image Workshop

Peter Bolan (Consultant)
27 Feb 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Giant's Causeway Economic & Social Impact Study

Peter Bolan (Consultant), Matthew Kearney (Consultant)
20 Feb 201820 Jun 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Journal of Tourism and Development (Journal)

Karise Hutchinson (Reviewer), Peter Bolan (Reviewer), Adrian Devine (Reviewer), John Bustard (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Press / Media

Engaging globally for tourism through Meet the Buyer events

Peter Bolan


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Game of Thrones Legacy impact for tourism

Peter Bolan


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


The Smart Event Experience: A Many to Many Co-creation

Author: Bustard, J., May 2019

Supervisor: Hutchinson, K. (Supervisor), Bolan, P. (Supervisor) & Devine, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis