Professor David Hind has over 30 years experience of tourism, hospitality, and events management education. His academic career commenced at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic, UK - now Northumbria University. He was a member of the academic team that developed the UK's first degree in Travel and Tourism and became the Course Leader for this degree and Head of the Centre for Travel and Tourism. At Northumbria University, Prof. Hind published textbooks and academic journal articles on his interest in how to develop the employability and management skills of students wherein he continues to write on this very important topic.
In 2001, he was appointed as Head of the Centre for Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK and then in 2011 he became the Head of School of Events, Tourism, and Hospitality. As Head of School, he oversaw the design and launch of online degrees and also supported the development of the UK Centre for Events Management. An important part of his role was that of initiating transnational education opportunities for his School and a key partnership was established with the Bandung Institute of Tourism, Indonesia to create MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management that is delivered jointly by both institutions.
Prof. Hind is now the President of the Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management (APIEM), Chief Executive of UK Events Industry Academy (UKEIA) and Travel Industry Academy Ltd (TIA) and Visiting Professor at Bali Institute of Tourism and Bandung Institute of Tourism both in Indonesia and Distinguished Professor at the College of Tourism, Chung Hua University, Taiwan.
In his career to-date he has authored and co-authored six books on transferable personal skills and employability skills development; edited one book on sustainable tourism and contributed a number of chapters to edited books. He has undertaken consultancy projects in tourism and events management and is frequently invited to give conference lectures and workshops. Currently, he also works for London Metropolitan University, UK as a tourism consultant contributing to an Erasmus+ project that is helping to develop occupational standards for tourism managers in Russia and Kyrgyztan.