Apisalome Movono -  School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM)

Apisalome Movono

Assistant 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


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 is currently on study leave at Griffith University, where he is a PhD candidate with the Department of International Business and Asian Studies. His PhD research draws on postmodernist techniques and seeks 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. 

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
  • Development of indigenous people

Selected Publications & Research Papers 

Refereed Journal Articles 

Pratt, S., Gibson, D. & Movono, A. (2012). Tribal tourism in Fiji: an application and extension of Smithís 4Hs of indigenous tourism. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, pp.1-20. DOI:10.1080/10941665.2012.717957. E-ISSN:1741-6507 Print ISSN: 1094-1665 Website: www.tandfonline.com/loi/rapt20 Publisher: Taylor and Francis. 

Book Chapters

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 Fijiís 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.

Educational / Postgraduate

Movono, A. (2012). Tourismís 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.

Press Releases (interviews & commentary)

Fiji Times (2014) Site potential, May 14. (Torika Tokalau) http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=268617 

Fiji Times (2014) Potential in Waidamudamu Heritage Site, May 5. (Torika Tokalau) http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=267544 

Fiji Times (2014) Heritage Site to open, May 1. (Torika Tokalau) http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=267222 

Fiji Times (2012) Is tourism the answer, September 26. (Apisalome Movono) http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=212828 

Fiji Times (2010) Ambitious to serve, June 14. (Irene Manueli) http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=150148 

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