Sally-Ann Richards is a 1994 MSc graduate of the Tourism Planning and Development Programme from the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom. She completed her undergraduate studies in 1991 at Mt Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia, Canada and is currently working on completion of her doctoral studies with Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.
She has taught on a range of Further and Higher Education tourism courses for more than 20 years and has been involved in curriculum and course design for a range of tourism degrees. Sally-Ann brings to her profession observations of tourism development models across Europe, North America and the Caribbean and extensive academic collaboration with Universities in Italy, Hungary, France, Spain, and the Czech Republic.
Her current teaching portfolio, amongst the modules listed below, includes field research both in Europe and in developing countries.
- Tourism Planning
- Tourism Development in Practice
- Planning Theories
- Tourism Industry Issues
- Introduction to Tourism Development in Developing Countries
Past Research projects:
- 2002 Health Tourism: The use of spas as part of the tourism product in the UK and the Czech Republic - joint project with Czech colleagues.
- 2000 Sustainable Tourism: Impacts of tourism on the Czech Mountains - joint project with Czech colleagues.
- 1998 Multimedia and tourism - joint project with colleagues at Lycée Jean Monnet, Montpellier, France.
- 1996 From Languedoc to London: A Comparative Study of Tourism Marketing Strategies - joint project with colleagues at Lycée Jean Monnet, Montpellier, France.
- 1995 Coastal Tourism Development, Benidorm, Spain.
- 1994 Potential impacts of the Channel Tunnel on the areas around Folkestone and Calais - joint project with Dutch and French colleagues.
- 1994 Interpretation and conservation at historic sites, Athens, Greece.
Her PhD research is attempting to answer the question: Are Contemporary Higher Education Tourism Curricula fit for purpose? She is also currently researching historical emigration to the Caribbean and its link to tourism development in the region.
Sally-Ann is the Grenada Government appointed chair of the Grenada International Diaspora Consultative Committee (IDCC). This international committee was set up in 2012 by the Government of Grenada to embrace the talents, commitment and patriotism of Grenadians worldwide. Its main aim is to develop a rationalised approached to National Development through the five transformational sectors: Tourism and Hospitality, Agribusiness, Energy Development, Information Communications, Technology and Education and Health and Wellness services.