Research Projects

Bridget Reape

Current PhD Student

Profiling Inbound Tourists to Ireland using Smart Technology

Ms. Bridget Reape has always had an interest in tourism & travel and has worked across a board spectrum of jobs within the tourism industry. From stewarding at Festival and Events, working as an assistant in a Destination Management Organisation to currently working as a Marketing Executive at a 4 star Hotel, Ms Reape has worked her way gaining a valuable insight and passion for Tourist Profiling and understanding Tourist Behaviour.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Business Degree in Tourism in Events Management in 2017, furthering her education in 2018 by obtaining and graduating with an Honours Degree in Business Tourism and Events Management and in 2019, pursued her Masters by Research under the supervision of Dr James Hanrahan.

In December 2019, Ms Reape successfully completed the Research Integrity Training programme provided by Epigeum (Online Course System) and has received certificates for: Research Integrity: Concise (core course), Human subjects protections (specialist course), Conflict of interest (specialist course) and Safety and health (specialist course).

Ms Reape’s research interests are focused on Tourist Profiling and Tourist Behaviour. More specifically, using coming up with innovation ways to Profile Tourists using Smart Technology.

Research Project Summary:

The principle aims of this study are to;

  • Examine the current practises of tourist profiling carried out by statutory agencies.
  • To determine if smart technology is feasible as a method of Profiling Inbound tourists

to Ireland.

  • Assess the Awareness & Knowledge of Irish Tourism Stakeholders on profiling inbound tourists to the Republic of Ireland.


THRIC 2019 –  Athlone Institute of Technology “ Profiling Tourists to Co. Mayo”

Poster Presentation at the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) Research Symposium 2020, Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo, Ireland.