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Dr. K Thirumaran is a tourism and hospitality management specialist with James Cook University Singapore. He is the key organizer of the World Luxury Destinations conference 2018 and coined the term affinity tourism.

Thiru’s research focuses on service excellence, cultural and luxury tourism. He is interested in questions related to modern developments and their impact on emerging destinations’ cultural values and the use of virtual and augmented reality to improve training programs in the industry.

Some of his major projects that he is working on are related to MICE activities in emerging economies, service expectations in rural tourism, the value of tourism in the few remaining communist-capitalist states and luxury travel experiences. Prospective MPhil and PhD students are welcome to extend their education and explore these topics with Thiru.

  • BX2091: Tourism and Leisure Management (Level 2; SIN)
  • LB1000: Academic Skills for Business (Level 1; SIN)
  • LB5230: Managing Strategic Resources and Operations (Level 5; SIN)
  • LB5235: Applied Research Project (Level 5; SIN)
  • TO5101: Tourism Systems Analysis (Level 5; SIN)
  • TO5103: Global Destination Competitiveness (Level 5; SIN)
  • TO5104: Tourist Management Strategies (Level 5; SIN)
  • Luxury Tourism; Cultural & Heritage Tourism; Service Excellence in Hospitality; Training & Technology in Hospitality
  • 2016 to present - Academic Head, JCUS Business School, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2008 to 2016 - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Lecturer, Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore)
  • 2003 to 2006 - Phd Candidate, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by Dr K Thirumaran from 2004 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Agritourism and Planning Design: Basis in Sustaining the Tourism Growth (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Comparative Study of the Circular Economy in Asian Setting: The Experiences of Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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