Dr. Amitabh Upadhya

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Brief Profile

Dr. Upadhya has over 30 years of experience in higher education and its administration. With an extensive background of the academic industry and having earned a Ph. D. from the University of Lucknow, his area of specialization is travel and tourism management wherein his recent focus of research has been tourist destination marketing, management and governance.  Amitabh has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers, book chapters and magazine articles and sits on the editorial boards of several prestigious academic journals. He is also associated, as a visiting professor, with several institutions around the world. As an administrator Amitabh has been involved in design and development of higher educational programs and processes including skills, competencies and attitude for careers of the future, millennial student engagement and measurement of higher education program learning outcomes. He was awarded the “Academic Leadership Award” by Skyline University College in the year 2008 and the “Education Leadership Award” by the World Sustainability Congress in the year 2017.  Currently, he is Professor and Director Accreditation and Outreach at Skyline University College in the UAE.

Recent Scholarly Work

  • Publications

    1. Vij, M.; Upadhya, A.; Vij, A.; Kumar, M. Exploring Residents’ Perceptions of Mega Event-Dubai Expo 2020: A Pre-Event Perspective. Sustainability2019, 11, 1322. (Journal Research Paper - March 2019)


    1. Kolachi N. A. & Upadhya A. - SEWA: A Catalyst of Modern Corporate Culture; Case Reference no. 418-0110-1 the Case Center UK https://www.thecasecentre.org/educators/products/view?id=157233 Case Study Publication (Case Study Publication- November 2018)
    2. Kumar M. & Upadhya A. - Night Shopping a Tourist Attraction: A Study of Night Shopping in Dubai. Journal of Tourism services, ISSN 1804-5650 www.vso-praha-eu  DOI 10.29036.2017.8.15.1 Research Publication (Journal Research Paper - December 2017)
    3. Upadhya A. “Corporate Social Responsibility in Indian Hospitality Establishments: A Descriptive Narrative” - Book Chapter in ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: Applications of Good Practices and Malpractices in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry in the Developing World’    ISBN: 978-1-53612-289-3 Nova Science Publisher- NY 11788 USA https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=62718 (Book Chapter - June 2017)
    4. Katsoni V., Upadhya A., & Stratigea A. -Tourism, Culture and Heritage in a Smart Economy; 1st ed. 2017, XXVI, 496 p. 137 illus. Athens 2016-Series: Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics. ISBN 978-3-319-47731-2  (Edited Book – March 2017)
    5. Upadhya A. “Polity, Policy and Destination Management: An exploratory study of political systems and management of tourism with special reference to the GCC Countries”; International Journal of Tourism Policy, Vol. 6, Nos. 3/4, 2016 341-361; http://doi.org/10.1504/IJTP.2016.10002469 (Journal Research Paper January 2017 )
    6. Upadhya A. & Vij M. – “Creative Tourist Experience -Role of Destination Management Organizations”; in ‘Driving Tourism through Creative Destinations and Activities’, IGI Global, Editor Kiralova Alzbeta DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2016-0.ch014 (Book Chapter - January 2017)
    7. Upadhya A. – “Souvenir Purchase - Intentional or Incidental: A Case of the United Arab Emirates”; International Journal of Excellence in Tourism, Hospitality & Catering ISSN: 1993-8683 Vol. 7, Issue 1& 2 (Journal Research Paper - April 2016)
    8. Upadhya A. & Youssef M. - the UAE entry in ‘Encyclopedia of Tourism’ Edited by Jafar Jafari et al. Springer ISBN 978-3-319-01383-1 ISBN 978-3-319-01384-8 (eBook) DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-01384-8 (Book Chapter - 2015)
    9. Upadhya A. - “Tourism Milestones: Preparing for Tomorrow."; Tourism Recreation Research 2014;39(2):285-9 (Research Report - 2014)
    10. Upadhya A. -“Destination Organizations: Case of Tourism Organizational Structure in the UAE"; in "Tourism in Global Village" LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Germany, ISBN 978-3-8383-5957-1. (Book Chapter - 2013)
  • Conferences

    1. Amitabh Upadhya - Piece of Travel: a literature scan of souvenirs as a token of trip remembrance; “The Place of Memory and Memory of Place”, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Birkbeck College, University of London (Conference - June 2018)
    2. Amitabh Upadhya - Accreditation and Institutional Image: a symbiotic relationship. 8th Annual QS-MAPLE Strategic Summit for the Advancement of University Excellence; Manama- Bahrain (Conference - March 2018)
    3. Amitabh Upadhya & Manoj Kumar - ‘The role of events and festivals in destination branding: A case study of Dubai’, Conference Proceedings - 5th International Conference on Destination Branding and Marketing DBM V, IFT Macao ISBN 978-99937-51-37-3 Research Paper (Conference Proceedings - December 2014)
    4. Amitabh Upadhya - ‘Role of Destination Management Organization in Tourism Crisis Management: A Middle Eastern Perspective’; Conference proceedings of ‘International Interdisciplinary Conference on Tourism’ at Istanbul Turkey ISBN 978-605-4940-24-0; (Conferenc - June 2014)
    5. Amitabh Upadhya & Rashad Al Saed - “Role of Airlines in Destination Branding: Case of Dubai vis-à-vis Emirates Airline”- Erasmus International Workshop, Prague Czech Republic – (Conference - March 2013)
    6. Amitabh Upadhya –“Political System and Destination Management Organizations: an analysis of the symbiotic relationship” -Advancing the Social Sciences of Tourism - University of Surrey U.K. (Conference - June 2011)

    Book - Reviews

    1. Upadhya A. - "Railway heritage and tourism: global perspectives." In Journal of Heritage Tourism Volume 11, - Issue 2 (2016): 193-194. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1743873X.2015.1055648 (Book Review - 2016)
    2. Upadhya A. - Cultural Relativism and International Politics by Derek Robbins, Sage Publications Ltd. 2015- ISBN 9781473907812 Book Review in Tourism Culture & Communication Volume 15 (2) (Book Review - 2015)
    3. Upadhya A. - Tourism in the Middle East: Continuity, Change and Transformation, Rami Farouk Daher, Chanel View Publications 2007- Book Review - Skyline Business Journal ISSN 1998- 3425 (Book Review - 2011)


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