Peter Bolan


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

External Examiner, Edinburgh Napier University

21 Sept 202130 Jun 2025

External Examiner, Bournemouth University

21 Sept 201830 Jun 2022

Director - Lacada Brewery, Lacada Brewery

1 Sept 20151 Jan 2019


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