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New books, papers, and keynotes see Dr Wendy Sealy busier than ever despite Covid lockdown

UNIVERSITY of Chichester academic Dr Wendy Sealy has been busier than ever across 2020 delivering keynote addresses at virtual conferences and publishing new papers and books – despite the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The senior lecturer, who is also programme coordinator for the BA (Hons) in Event Management, has worked in the corporate events industry for more than 20 years and has served in senior managerial positions for Marriott and Ritz Carlton Hotels in Barbados and the USA.

The Impact & Challenges on UN Sustainable Development Goals event, at which Wendy was one of the keynote speakers, was delivered online in April. Her address, Impacts of Covid-19 on the Hospitality Industry: Cases from USA & Caribbean; Lessons Learned, was well received and provoked many questions and comments from the remote audience from all over the world.

Wendy’s success across the summer concluded with the University’s Business’s School, within which she teaches, receiving remarkable ratings from the Guardian University Guide, which ranked it among the 25 best in the UK.

As part of her busy schedule, Wendy also addressed the hospitality staff and students of the Nepal Mountain Academy with a thought-provoking paper titled: Disaster, Risk & Resilience in the Hospitality Industry. Responses to Covid-19 and Implications for the Future.

She said: “The impact of Covid-19 on the global economy and the hospitality industry was an unprecedented event which created several opportunities for learning about the types of risk and necessary mitigation that must be in place to secure the future of businesses. It also presented opportunities, using various technologies, for academics and other scholars to share knowledge and experiences that would not otherwise have happened.”

Wendy’s research into sustainable tourism development has also provided an opportunity to observe and test new ideas and best practices within hospitality organisations and to learn from pioneering hospitality leaders as the coronavirus crisis unfolded.

This summer also saw the publication of her new book, Legal, Safety, and Environmental Challenges for Event Management, which was published by IGI Global, London.

Interests in this area of event management is in-demand which prompted IGI Global publishers to comment on the book: “We have noted that your book contains impactful and highly cited content that prompts thought-provoking discourse and inspires further discoveries, making it a pinnacle publication from our full collection of 5,300+ reference books.”

New projects include the publication of a book on employability in the sport, events, and hospitality industry which Wendy is writing with fellow Chichester academic Emma Nolan, and others from the universities of Westminster and Sunderland. It is scheduled for publication in late 2022.

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