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Nicola has given us her master dissertation:

Luxury ecotourism: A case study of The Great Barrier Reef,
Supervisor: James Elwin.
Presented as a final requirement for the degree of Master of Science in Tourism: Environment and development Oxford Brookes University, University of Canberra.

Nicola has been involved in tourism since 1998. Her academic experience has seen her achieve:

— MSc Tourism: Environment and Development – Oxford Brookes University, UK.
— BA of Tourism Management: Marketing – The University of Canberra.
— Qualified Tourism Trainer and Assessor.
— Distinction for Tourism Sector Services Accreditation TAFE

Nicola is the President of the Oxford Brookes Alumni Chapter in Australia and Alumni chapter leader for The University of Canberra.

Her experience has seen her operating in the MICE, Accommodation, Tour operator, Corporate and guiding industries. She is a nationally accredited tourism trainer and has worked teaching certificate III and IV in tourism at The Bridge Business College.

Nicola is a keen adventurer who completed her Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award by 17 years of age which involved teaching English and assisting in building a recreation room for the monks at The Manjushri-Dechen School, Nepal for World Challenge.

Nicola was invited to the UK National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship’s ‘Flying Start’ Programme following her volunteer work for the human resources department at Oxfam International’s headquarters and as acting manager on the Shortmead Estate, UK. Following this opportunity, Nicola was asked to establish the online programme evaluation system at The Earthwatch Institute.

Nicola’s more recent corporate travel sales experience has drawn in $6.5m worth of new accounts in the first year following being recruited to the ‘Program’ graduate scheme.

In 2010, her Master’s dissertation paper on Luxury Ecotourism was presented at The 2nd World Ecotourism Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as the Tourism Futures Conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Nicola’s travel philosophy is ‘take only photographs to leave only footprints.’ She believes travel should be sustainable, eco-friendly and it should benefit the communities on which it imposes.

If you want to contact Nicola, let us know!

Nicole Caygill