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Dennis Puniard PhD: Cycling Tourists

Dennis Puniard received his PhD at a University of Canberra graduation ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament on 10 April 2014. His thesis title is The Role of the Internet and Online Technologies in Destination Choice for Australian Cycling Tourists. The Abstract of the thesis is: This research investigates how cycling tourists use online technology to help choose their desired destination for cycling away from their home base. It provides an insight into cycling tourism in Australia, and, in particular, the online world of cycling tourists. The thesis examines the academic literature in respect to tourist motivation, information search models and...

Digital Remembering and Geolocation

Introduction Wikipedia advises that "Geolocation is the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object" and that it "may refer to the practice of assessing the location, or to the actual assessed location". Two prompts today set me off thinking about the memory of places ... and people. Aunty Doris Google's Street View provides rich information about location. Google notes that "We automatically blur identifiable faces and license plates in Street View to protect individual privacy. We also provide easily accessible tools so you can request further blurring of any image that features yourself, your family, your car or your home. Learn about...

Higher Degree Research

I was a full-time member of staff at the University of Canberra from March 2009 to November 2013. I am an Adjunct Professor at the University and supervise higher degree students. This is the University's information about higher degree study. This is a link to the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise home page. Current Supervision PhD Jo Gibson, Leadership followership: A storied process study of entanglement and nursing practice. Completions PhD Adam Hunter, An Analysis of the Technical Aspects of Competitive Canoe Slalom (December, 2009) Abstract. For more information about Adam see here. Alison Alcock , 'Analysis of...

Submission: Wheels on Fire

Dennis Puniard submitted his PhD thesis for examination on Thursday. The title of his thesis is: The Role of the Internet and Online Technologies in Destination Choice for Australian Cycle Tourists. This is the third PhD to be submitted for examination since the establishment of the National Institute of Sport Studies at the University of Canberra. It is the first thesis to emerge from a cross faculty collaboration. Dennis is registered for study with the Faculty of Business, Government and Law. I have been his primary supervisor from NISS in the Faculty of Health. Some of Dennis's findings about cycle tourists: They are very active...

#5ACTC Day 1 Morning Session 1

The University of Canberra is hosting a Cycle Tourism Conference and Rail Trail Symposium today and on Friday. Dennis Puniard, Stephen Parker and Lawrence Pratchett welcomed delegates to the campus and the conference. After their welcomes the conference started with two keynote addresses by Matt Lamont and Chris Bull. Matt is one of a small number of academics in Australia with a PhD in cycle tourism. Matt's  keynote presentation had two parts: setting the scene for the conference; and exploring demand side issues (meaning and motives for cycle tourism and understanding experiences through grounded theory approaches). In his introduction, Matt looked at the cycle...

Cycle Tourism Conference and Rail Trail Symposium

The University of Canberra is hosting a Cycle Tourism Conference and Rail Trail Symposium on 2 and 3 February 2012. Both events are being organised by Dennis Puniard. The Tourism Conference takes place over two days and the Rail Trail Symposium on 3 February. At the Tourism Conference there will be: Four Keynote Addresses Matt Lamont (Southern Cross University), The overlooked cycle tourism segment: Active spectators. Chris Bull (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) A Systematic Review of Evidence for the Local Impacts of Tourism and Leisure Cycling. Craig Groke (Manager, Economic Development , Regional Development Australia, Barossa SA) The Chicken or the Egg? Which one is...

Cycle Tourism

Earlier this year I wrote about Dennis Puniard's research into Cycle Tourism and Social Media. Yesterday I attended a seminar Dennis hosted to discuss Cycle Tourism in the Australian Capital Territory Region. Dennis and his colleagues Trevor Mules, Pam Faulks and Tracey Dickson were commissioned to report on cycle tourism and were asked by ACT Tourism to: Identify and engage stakeholders Identify and quantify the impact of: existing events; existing facilities; current initiatives Survey cycle tourists Identify opportunities and issues A report was submitted to ACT Tourism in February 2011 and Dennis' s seminar was an opportunity to share the outcomes of the consultation with stakeholders...

Pedal Power: Cycle Tourism and Social Media

We have just held a second PhD progress seminar in the University of Canberra’s Teaching Commons. Dennis Puniard presented his update of work on cycle tourism and online technology (copy of his presentation here). Dennis's working title is Surfing the Net to Find Cycling Nirvana: how cyclists use online technology to determine their travel destinations. Dennis uses the South Australia Tourism Commission's (2005) definition of cycle tourism: cycle tourism visits are considered to be for the purpose of holidays, recreation, pleasure, or sport and to include either overnight stays or day trips to other tourism regions during which the visitor either...