Dr Tolkach is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management at James Cook University, Cairns. He teaches various subjects in Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events and Masters of International Tourism & Hospitality Management. Prior to joining James Cook University in 2020, Dr Tolkach has worked as an Assistant Professor at School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Dr Tolkach has earned a PhD degree at Victoria University, Melbourne in 2013. The topic of his thesis was Community-based tourism in Timor-Leste: A collaborative network approach. Since then Dr Tolkach has developed research in areas of sustainable tourism, ethics in tourism, community-based tourism, nature-based tourism and tourism in Small Island Developing States.

Dr Tolkach has published his research in top tourism journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management and Journal of Sustainable Tourism. He is an associate editor of Tourism Geographies, and serves on editorial boards of  Tourism Recreation Research, Tourism Review and International Journal of Tourism Research. Dr Tolkach also serves as a reviewer for various journals.

Dr Tolkach is a Visiting Fellow at Center for Tourism Research at Wakayama University, Japan.

  • BX2094: Conference and Events Management (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • LB5203: Sustainable Enterprise (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • TO2051: Innovation for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Futures (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • TO2117: Food and Beverage Management (Level 2; CNS)
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Small Island Developing States
  • Community-based tourism
  • Ethics
  • Destination management
  • Tourism management
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 35+ research outputs authored by Dr Denis Tolkach from 2012 onwards.


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  • Digitalisation and Digitisation: The Impact on Memory-Making and the Role of Museums (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Community events as facilitators of pro-environmental behaviour change (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Towards Non-technological Innovation: Communicating Environmental Science to the Tourism Workforce (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Assessing Multiple Communities' Reactions to Recycling Plastic in the Asia/Pacific Region and the impact it has on the Tourism Industry (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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