School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM)

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Apisalome Movono



Lecturer
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Faculty of Business & Economic
The University of the South Pacific
Private Mail Bag, Suva; FIJI

Email: movono_a(at)usp.ac.fj    
Fax: (679) 3231510


Biography

Apisalome has an undergraduate background in Marine Affairs and Tourism Studies, and gained his MA from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, The University of the South Pacific. His thesis on tourism's social and economic impacts on indigenous Fijian communities has established his passion for examining issues that affect indigenous Fijian communities. He has currently resumed his tenure at the University of the South Pacific after having completed his PhD at Griffith University, with the Department of International Business and Asian Studies. His PhD research drew from postmodernist techniques and sought to improve our understanding of resilience, sustainable livelihoods and tourism development amongst indigenous Fijian communities

Apisalome is the co-founder of the Laucala Beach Sustainability Society which works in partnership with USP, National Trust of Fiji and Fiji Museum in the restoration and protection of the Laucala Beach Ring-Ditch Fortification site. Api has authored a number conference papers, book chapters and journal articles and was recently awarded an East West Centre Fellowship to attend the Pacific Islands Tourism Fellowship from October to November, 2018.

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Indigenous Fijian communities and relationships with tourism development (exploits, responses, impacts, changes) 
  • Sustainable tourism development (product design, improvement, feasibility) 
  • Environment Impact Assessments, tourism impacts   
  • Social and Ecological systems and resilience amongst indigenous Fijian communities 
  • Sustainable livelihoods, local communities and tourism development 
  • Emerging pedagogies and improvement of teaching and learning 
  • First Year Experience and Transition amongst first years and post graduate studies 
  • Sustainable development of indigenous communities in the Pacific 

 

Selected Publications & Research Papers 

Refereed Journal Articles 

Cheer, J., Pratt, S., Tolkach, D., Bailey, A., Taumoepeau, S., & Movono, A (2018). Tourism in Pacific Island Countries: A status quo round-up. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, pp1-20.

Movono, A., Dahles, H., & Becken, S. (2017). Fijian culture and the environment: A focus on the social and ecological connectedness of Fijian culture. Journal of Sustainable Tourism:  DOI 10.1080/09669582.2017.1359280

Movono, A., & Dahles, H. (2017). Female empowerment and tourism: A focus on businesses in a Fijian village. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research. DOI: 10.1080/10941665.2017.1308397

Movono, A., & Becken, S. (2017). Solesolevaki as social capital: a tale of a village, two tribes and a resort in Fiji. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, Accepted 23/11/2017

Pratt, S., McCabe, S., & Movono, A. (2016). Gross happiness of a tourism village in Fiji. Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, 5, 26–35.

Pratt, S., Gibson, D. & Movono, A. (2012). Tribal tourism in Fiji: an application and extension of Smith’s 4Hs of indigenous tourism. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, pp.1-20. DOI:10.1080/10941665.2012.717957. 

 

Book Chapters

Movono, A. (2017). Conceptualizing destinations as a Vanua: An examination of the evolution and resilience of a Fijian social and ecological system. In J. Cheer & A. Lew (Eds.), Understanding tourism resilience: Adapting to environmental change (pp. 304-320. London: Routledge

Movono, A., Pratt, S., & Harrison, D. (2015a). Adapting and reacting to tourism development: a tale of two villages on Fiji's Coral Coast. In S. Pratt & D. Harrison (Eds.), Tourism in Pacific Islands: Current issues and future challenges (pp. 101-117). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Movono, A., Pratt, S., & Harrison, D. (2015b). Adapting and reacting to tourism development: A tale of two villages on Fiji’s Coral Coast. In S. Pratt & D. Harrison (Eds.), Tourism in Pacific Islands (pp. 101-117). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Gibson, D., Pratt, S. and Movono, A. (2012). Tribe Tourism: A Case Study of the Tribewanted Project on Vorovoro, Fiji. In S. Fullagar, K. Markwell, and E. Wilson (Eds.), pp. 322-347, Slow Tourism: Experiences and Mobilities. Bristol: Channel View. 

 

Article Under Review

Movono, A., Nalau, J & Becken, S. (2017). Conceptualizing resilience and vulnerabilities from an indigenous Pacific Island perspective. Under Review. In Resilient Destinations and Tourism. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Educational / Postgraduate

Movono, A. (2017). Na irevurevu: Exploits, Resilience and Adaptivity in an indigenous Fijian village. Unpublished PhD (under examination), Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. 

Movono, A. (2012). Tourism’s impact on communal development in Fiji: A case study of the socio-economic impacts of The Warwick Resort and Spa and The Naviti Resort on the indigenous Fijian villages of Votua and Vatuolalai. Unpublished Masters, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. 

 

Conference Papers

Movono, A (2018) Social Capital in the Pacific: A focus on a village, two tribes and a resort in Fiji. Pacific Update Conference, Suva, Fiji. July, 2018.

Movono, A. (2018). Solesolevaki as social capital: A focus on the Pacific. Critical Tourism Studies Asia Pacific Conference. Yogyyakarta, Indonesia. March, 2018

Movono, A., & Dahles, H. (2017). Female empowerment and tourism: A focus on businesses in a Fijian village. Presentation delivered at the 2017 CAUTHE Conference held the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. March, 2017.

Movono, A. (2016). Conceptualising destinations as a Vanua: An examination of the evolution and resilience of a Fijian social and ecological system. Presentation delivered at the AAPS Tides of transformation Conference. James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. April, 2016

Movono, A. (2012). Tourism’s impact on communal development in Fiji.  Paper presented at Islands and Small States Conferences, ‘Current issues and future challenges.  University of the South Pacific, Suva: 12th – 14th September

Movono, A, Finau, G, Narawa-Daurewa, U & Ravono, M.( 2012). Creating laws which are effective, achievable and culturally appropriate: the case of conserving sea turtles in Fiji. Law and Cultural Conference, Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 20 August to 1 September 2010.

 

Public Lectures at USP

Movono, A. (2017). Fijian culture and the environment: The social and interconnectedness of tourism development. Public Lecture held at the STHM tutorial room, July, 2017

Movono, A. (2015). Na irevurevu: exploits, resilience and tourism development in Vatuolalai village, Coral Coast, Fiji. Public Lecture held at the STHM tutorial room, July, 2015

Movono, A. (2013). The potential of First Year Experience and transition programs to enhance learning and teaching: A case study of Pacific Island Students. Paper presented at the “Vice Chancellors Teaching and Learning Forum – Transformative Pedagogies”. University of the South Pacific, Suva: 10th – 13th June. 

 

Working Papers

Movono, A. ‘The social and economic consequences of tourism on indigenous Fijian communities’

Movono, A. ‘Maintaining authenticity in Fijian heritage sites: A case study of the Laucala Beach ring-ditch fortification site’

Movono, A. Interpretation of culture in an urban heritage site in Fiji. 

 

Press Releases [interviews and Commentary]

Fiji Times (2017). Kerevi pledges support, 28th December, 2017. (Sikeli Qounadovu) www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2017). Vatuolalai: The origins of the name, September, 3. (Sikeli Qounadovu). www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2017). The tides of change in Davutukia, August, 29. (Sikeli Qounadovu). www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2017). Researcher finds connection between Fijian culture and the environment, July, 25. (Alisi Vucago). www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2017). Give back to Fiji, July, 29. (Sikeli Qounadovu). www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2014) Site potential, May 14. (Torika Tokalau) www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2014) Potential in Waidamudamu Heritage Site, May 5. (Torika Tokalau) www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2014) Heritage Site to open, May 1. (Torika Tokalau) www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2012) Is tourism the answer, September 26. (Apisalome Movono) www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Fiji Times (2010) Ambitious to serve, June 14. (Irene Manueli) www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx;

Press Releases (interviews & commentary) 


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