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Foundation Professor and Head of Tourism
School of Marketing, Tourism & Leisure
Faculty of Business & Law
Edith Cowan University
Joondalup WA 6027

Email: r.dowling@ecu.edu.au

Professor Dr.Ross K.Dowling

Professor Ross Dowling is Foundation Professor of Tourism, and Head of the Tourism Program, School of Marketing, Tourism & Leisure, Faculty of Business & Law, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Internationally he is an Advisor, UNESCO Global Network of National Geoparks (France) as well as an Executive Board Member of the Indian Ocean Tourism Organization (Oman). In Australia he is Co-founder and Executive Director of Ecotourism Australia as well as an Advisor to Cruise Down Under. In Western Australia he is Chair of the Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism (FACET) as well as a Council Member of the Royal Automobile Club and the National Trust.

As a Director of Resolve Global, he is an international consultant on tourism providing advice for the industry in a number of countries around the world. In recent years he has established a Tourism degree for Emirates Airlines, United Arab Emirates; convened a number of International Tourism and Hospitality Conferences in Malaysia; lead an Australian team giving Tourism Industry Development Workshops for the Vietnam Government; completed an extensive lecture tour for the Chinese Government, throughout China, Hong Kong and Macau; and advised on Tourism Development for the Minister of Tourism, Sultanate of Oman. In 2008 he convened the Inaugural Global Geotourism Conference in Australia .

He is a prolific author and researcher with over 200 tourism publications. In recent years he has co-authored or co-edited nine books on tourism. They are Ecotourism, Tourism in Destination Communities, Natural Area Tourism, Ecotourism Policy and Planning, Wildlife Tourism, Geotourism, Cruise Ship Tourism and Coastal Tourism Development. Two have been translated into Chinese and others published in India .

Dr Dowling’s expertise lies in Tourism Development Planning and he has been actively involved in the tourism industry as a tour guide in Asia , the Pacific and the Antarctic. He has been awarded an NZ Conservation Foundation Citation and a Mobil Environmental Award as well as a Perth Tourism & Aviation Scholarship.