Dr. Thomas Bauer

 Adjunct Professor




Thomas Bauer is an Associate Professor and Acting Head of The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management who recently joined The University of the South Pacific.

His academic qualifications include Bachelor of Business (Landshut University of Applied Sciences), Bachelor of Business in Tourism ( Munich University of Applied Sciences),  Masters of Business in Tourism Development ( Victoria University Melbourne) and  Doctor of Philosophy (Monash University).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London and a Fellow of THE-ICE, The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education. He has carried out audits of hotel and tourism schools in Austria, China, Dubai, Fiji, Holland, the Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand.

From 1989 to 1999 Thomas was lecturer, senior lecturer and Associate Professor in tourism at Victoria University in Melbourne and from 1999 to 2012 he was Assistant Professor of tourism in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Sustainable Tourism at Central Queensland University, and from 2015 to 2017 he was the Chairman of Mission Beach Business and Tourism.

He has travelled in 75 countries on all continents and has worked in Germany, USA, Australia, Hong Kong and now Fiji.

Research and Scholarly Interests

Since 1991 when he started his PhD research into commercial tourism and its impacts in Antarctica, Thomas has visited the region by ship 31 times. During his time aboard ship he has had he roles of researcher, naturalist, historian, photographer, videographer and Zodiac driver.

He continuous to go back to this remote part of the world to observe first-hand how tourism is handled there and he is pleased to observe Antarctica is the best managed tourism region in the world. In January 2018, he returned from 6 weeks aboard ship during which he had the opportunity to observe how Chinese tourists consume the Antarctic tourism product and how they are managed.


Thomas has consulted to the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, various provincial governments in the People’s Republic of China and has worked on UNWTO missions to Vietnam, Maldives and Korea.

Selected Publications & Research Papers 


Bauer, T. G. (2001). Tourism in the Antarctic: Opportunities, Constraints and Future Prospects. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Hospitality Press.

Bauer, T. and McKercher, B. (eds.) (2003). Sex and Tourism: Journeys of Romance, Love and Lust. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Hospitality Press

Book Chapters

Bauer, T.G. (2010). Politics on ice – Tourism in Antarctica. In: Butler, R. & Suntikul, W. (Eds.). Tourism and Political Change pp. 208-218). Goodfellow Publishers Ltd. Woodeaton, Oxford.

Bauer, T. (2007). Antarctic scenic overflights. In Stonehouse, B. and Snyder, J. (Eds.). Prospects for Polar Tourism (pp. 188-196). London: CABI.

Bauer T. & Dowling, R. (2006). The Antarctic Cruise industry. In Dowling, R, (Ed.). Cruise Ship Tourism (pp195-205). Wallingford, UK: CABI.

Bauer, T. (2006). Antarctica and South Shetlands In Baldacchino. G. (Ed.) Extreme Tourism: Lessons from the World’s Cold Water Islands (pp. 233-243). Elsevier

Bauer, T. (2004). Antarctica: Sustainable tourism indicators. In Indicators of Sustainable Development for Tourism Destinations (pp. 338-341) Madrid: WTO.

Bauer, T. & Ap. J. (2004). Sustainable tourism. In Mottershead, T. (ed.) Sustainable Development in Hong Kong. Aberdeen, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press

Bauer, T. (2003). Antarctic tourism: A unique educational experience. In Ritchie, B. (ed.) Managing Educational Tourism (pp. 126-129) Clevedon: Channel View Publications.

Bauer, T. (2003). Field research projects in tertiary tourism education: Lessons from Vanuatu, Bali and Thailand. In Ritchie, B. (ed.) Managing Educational Tourism (pp. 210-213), Clevedon: Channel View Publications.

Bauer, T. & Dowling, R. (2003). Ecotourism policies and issues in Antarctica. In Fennell, D.A. & Dowling R. (eds.) Ecotourism Policy and Planning (pp. 309-329). Oxon: CABI Publishing.

Bauer, T. (2003). Environmental risks in Antarctica. In BIMCO Review (pp.204-207). Copenhagen, Denmark:

McKercher, B. & Bauer, T. (2003). Conceptual framework of the nexus between tourism, romance and sex. In Bauer, T. & Mc Kercher, B. (Eds.). Sex and Tourism. Journeys of Romance, Love and Lust (pp. 3-17). Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Hospitality Press.

Bauer, T. (2003). Photo essay – Tourism in Australia. In Hall, C.M. (Ed.). Introduction to Tourism: Dimensions and Issues (4th ed). South Melbourne: Hospitality Press an imprint of Pearson Education. ISBN 1862505233.

Bauer T. (2001). Antarctic tourism. In McGonigal, D. & Woodworth, L. (Eds.). Antarctica. The Complete Story. Sydney: Global Book Publishing.

Costa, F. & Bauer, T. G. (2001). Latin American tourism-An Australian perspective. In Santana, G. (ed.). Tourism in South America. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Hospitality Press.

Published Papers

Jin, X., Weber, K. & Bauer, T. (2013). Dimensions and Perceptional Differences of Exhibition Destination Attractiveness: The Case of China. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, 37 (4): 447-469. .

Jin, X. Weber, K. & Bauer, T. Relationship (2012). Quality between Exhibitors and Organizers: A Perspective from Mainland China’s Exhibition Industry. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 31 (4), 1222-1234.

Jin, X. Weber, K. & Bauer, T. (2012). Impact of Clusters on Exhibition Destination Attractiveness: Evidence from Mainland China.  Tourism Management, 33 (6), 1429-1439

Jin,X., J., Bauer. T., & Weber, K. (2010). China’s second tier cities as exhibition destinations. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 22(4), 552-571.

Jin,X.., Weber. K., & Bauer, T. (2010). The state of the exhibition industry in China. Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, 11(1), 2-17.

Suntikul, W., Bauer, T. & Song, H. (2010). Towards tourism-A Laotian perspective. International Journal of Tourism Research. Available online DOI: 10.1002/jtr.764

Bauer, T. (2010). Book review of Ryan, C. & Gu, H. Tourism in China: Destination, Cultures and Communities. Tourism Management (in press).

Suntikul, W., Bauer, T, & Song ,H. (2009). Pro-poor tourism development in Viengxay, Laos: Current state and future prospects. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 14(2), 153-168.

Bauer, T., Law, R., Tse T. & Weber. K. (2008). Motivation and satisfaction of mega-business event attendees: The case of ITU Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 20(2), 228-234.

Wong, E., Bauer, T. & Wong K. (2008). A Critical comparison of tourism policies of Hong Kong and Singapore – An avenue to mutual learning. International Journal of Tourism Research, 10(3), 193-206.

Bauer, T. (2008). Cover story: Antarctica: The last tourism frontier. The Voice of TIC (2), 2-7.

Bauer, T. (2008). Antarktistourismus, Arktistourismus, Sextourismus and Sextourist extended dictionary entries. In Fuchs, W. Mundt, H.W. &  Zollondz, H.D. (Eds.) Oldenbourg, Munich.: Lexikon Tourismus.

Bauer, T., Suntikul, W. & Song, H. (2006). Tourism research at the grass roots. Horizons SHTM Magazine, 6(2), 14-15.

Suntikul, W., Bauer, T. & Song, H. (2006). Resident perceptions of tourism development and baseline monitoring in thirteen villages in Viengxay, Houaphanh Province, Lao PDR. A Special Report prepared for UNWTO. Madrid: UNWTO.

Law, R., Bauer, T., Weber, K., & Tse, T (2006). Towards a rough classification of business travelers. Advanced Data Mining and Application. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence. In X.Li, O.R. Zaiane & Z. Li (Eds) ADMA, LNAI 4093 (pp. 135-142). Berlin and Heidelberg: Springer.

Du Cros, H., Bauer, T., Lo, C., & Song, R.(2005). Cultural heritage assets in China as sustainable tourism products: Case studies of the Hutongs and the Huanghua section of the Great Wall. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 13(2), 171-194.

Weber, K. & Bauer, T. (Eds.) 2005. Event education & management. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 6(3), 1-4.

Bauer, T. (2003). Ecotourism: Issues and prospects in China. The Voice of TIC, 4, 17-20.

Deng, J., Bauer, T. & Huang, Y. (2003). Ecotourism, protected areas and globalization: Issues and prospects in China. ASEAN Journal on Hospitality and Tourism, 2, 17-32.

Bauer, T. (2002). Antarctic Tourism – Where are the limits? Online Tourism-2002 conference. Available online: www.tourism-2002.com.

Bauer, T. (2002). A question of degree. Hotel Asia Pacific, 3(4), 40.

Deng, J. King, B. & Bauer, T. (2002). Evaluating natural attractions for tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 29(2), 422-438.

Bauer, T. (2002). Book review: How Germans will travel 2005. Annals of Tourism Research, 29(2), 571-572.

Bauer, T. G., Hutchison, J. & Lambert, J. (2001). Government intervention in the Australasian MICE industry. Journal of Convention and Exhibition Management, 3(1), 65-87.

Bauer, T. & Chan, A. (2001). Does the environment matter? Experiences, attitudes and re-visit intentions of International visitors to Hong Kong. Pacific Tourism Review, 5(1/2), 75-82.

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