Dr Michelle Thompson is a Lecturer - Tourism at CQUniversity's Cairns campus. She has a PhD from James Cook University, where her research modelled the drivers and barriers to tourism development in agricultural regions. Michelle’s research interests focus on regional tourism development, particularly agri-tourism, food and wine tourism, as well as nature-based and rural and remote area tourism. She has worked on a diverse range of tourism projects, from contracted research with tourism industry stakeholders to nationally funded projects (MTSRF and NERP). Michelle’s research experience reflects her passion for regional tourism issues and applied research that provides industry and community outcomes. As a lecturer, Michelle also draws on her research experiences to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in CQUniversity’s degree programs.
2019 CQUniversity Student Voice Award for Educators of the Year (TOUR20021)
2019 School of Business and Law Platinum Certificate for Top Rated Unit in Term 2, 2019 (TOUR20021)
2012 CAUTHE PhD Student Bursary $1,500.00
2012 CAUTHE’s Bill Faulkner Memorial Award for Best PhD Paper
Butterworth, K. (2016, July 6). Central Queensland could be in for an agri-tourism boom. Queensland Country Life. Retrieved from https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au
Member of the Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN) 2017 - current
Member of the Council for Australasian Universities Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) 2017 - current
Prideaux, B., & Thompson, M. (September, 2019). Visitor views and concerns about the Great Barrier Reef: Preliminary results of a 2019 survey. Report prepared for the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Pty Ltd (AMPTO). Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities, CQUniversity: Cairns, QLD, Australia.
Prideaux, B., Pabel, A., & Thompson, M. (March, 2016). Whitsunday capacity study. Report prepared for the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Pty Ltd (AMPTO). CQUniversity & RRRC: Cairns, QLD, Australia.
Prideaux, B., & Thompson, M. (September, 2017). A report on commission structures in the marine tourism industry in Cairns and the Whitsundays. Report prepared for the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators Pty Ltd (AMPTO). CQUniversity: Cairns, QLD, Australia.
Carmody, J., Prideaux, B., & Thompson, M. (2016). Regional Development Australia – Far North Queensland and Torres Strait: Regional roadmap - Regional overview 2016. Report prepared RDA Far North Queensland & Torres Strait (RDA FNQ&TS). CQUniversity, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Tourism - Impacts of Tourism
Tourism - Tourism Management
Tourism - Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience