An international tourism expert has become the first Adjunct Professor in Sustainable Tourism at CQUniversity-Australia. ‘Dr Thomas Bauer has substantial international experiences, qualifications and reputation as a leading sustainable tourism researcher, educator, investor and tourism operator’, said Prof. Roger March, Dean of the School of Management and Marketing at CQUniversity-Australia.

Now ‘Adjunct Professor Bauer’, Thomas recently completed a 12 year posting as Assistant Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, contributing to that University’s leading Asian and 2nd position in world terms for scholarly publications. He has now has returned to his family business interest based at the Dundee Park Academy near Mission Beach, Queensland.

Dr Bauer’s  extensive University teaching and research publications work, along with wide ranging cross cultural consultancies and professional practice have seen him address numerous international Conferences, lead multi-disciplinary project team in a number of countries and provide leadership in multi-lateral agencies such as the United National World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), World Vision, Pacific Asia Travel Association, Asia Pacific Education & Training Institute for Tourism (APETIT) and numerous national governments across Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

He is a leading world authority on sustainable tourism in Antarctica, and since 2003 he has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London. He retains strong linkages with the tertiary education sector in China as Honorary Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Tourism and as Guest Professor at the Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsah, Hunan Province, China. As an Auditor of the International Centre for Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education Assessment Panel  (www.the-ice.org) Dr Bauer will be able to mentor CQUni efforts for international benchmarking and accreditation of its new tourism related degrees.