Researcher biography

Dr Walter's primary research interests revolve around tourism marketing communications, tourist behaviour and tourism crisis recovery. Currently, she is working on a series of studies that seek to investigate the impact that Terrorism related activity is likely to have on travel behaviour and tourist decision making. This research will identify marketing related response strategies for tourism managers seeking to avoid a significant downturn in tourist visitation if and when such events occur.

Dr Walters has led a number of industry consultancy projects for both state and regional tourism organisations within Australia and has been invited on several occasions to deliver key note addresses on brand image recovery to destinations that have been affected by some form of crises or natural disaster.

She has spoken of her research findings at a number of international conferences and she has over 35 publications that include acclaimed academic journals, University text books and edited research books. Prior to her University career, Dr Walters spent 16 years in the hospitality industry.