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Peter Bolan


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 141 Citations
  • 7 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

The history and influence of travel writing

Bolan, P., 28 Jan 2020, Contemporary Publishing and the Culture of Books. Baverstock, A., Bradford, R. & Gonzalez, M. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 253-270 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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: Channel View Publications/Multilingual Matters, p. 236-252 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 727-746

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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

  • 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

    Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)


    Best paper

    Carruthers, Clare (Recipient), Mc Carron, Brenda (Recipient), Devine, Adrian (Recipient), Bolan, Peter (Recipient) & Mc Mahon-Beattie, Una (Recipient), 10 May 2015


  • Best Paper Award at BAM 2013

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

    Prize: Honorary award

    Best Paper Award at CHME 2015

    Bolan, Peter (Recipient), 20 May 2015

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Best Paper Award at THRIC 2015

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

    Prize: Honorary award

    Research Impact Excellence Award 2017

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

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Activities

    • 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

    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

    Harnessing the economic impact of Golf Tourism

    Peter Bolan (Speaker)

    17 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Giant's Causeway Economic & Social Impact Study

    Peter Bolan (Consultant), & Matthew Kearney (Consultant)

    20 Feb 201820 Jun 2018

    Activity: Consultancy

    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