Dr Nick Naumov is a Senior Lecturer in Hospitality & Tourism Management. His academic and professional interests mainly concern tourism management and development and in particular, heritage tourism, cultural studies and identity. As a human geographer, Nick is interested in how we construct the world around us and what influences the ‘host-guest’ relationships – our interaction with the various actors within the service industries. These interests also relate to his industry background in food and beverage and front office operations. Nick undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in hospitality and tourism management from Assen Zlatarov University (Bulgaria) and University of Bedfordshire (UK and a PhD in Human Geography from King’s College London.
Nick’s academic career began in 2012 and since then has taught travel, tourism, hospitality and aviation courses at various institutions such as King’s College London, St Peter’s College and West Herts College. Before joining the University of Northampton in 2015, he was an Academic Manager at UK College of Business and Computing in London and a programme leader for their HND in Travel and Tourism (2013-2015).
Prior to his academic career, Nick worked within the hospitality, travel and tourism industries across United Kingdom, USA and his native Bulgaria. He has worked across various departments within aviation, tourism and hospitality operations such as air fares and ticketing, passenger service operations, front office management as well as food and beverage management. Nick is a certified IATA/UFTAA travel agent, Certified Hospitality Educator (AHA) and Certified Hotel Sales Specialist (Marriott International).
Nick is a member of a number of professional bodies such as Tourism Management Institute, Royal Geographical Society, Association for Critical Heritage Studies, International Geographical Union (IGU), Travel and Tourism Research Association and acts as an ad-hoc reviewer for many tourism and hospitality journals.