Assoc Prof Dr Toney K. Thomas

Assoc Prof Dr Toney K. Thomas 

Head (School of Hospitality & Leisure Management)

Ph.D in Tourism Management (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)
Master of Philosophy in Tourism (M.Phil-by Research) (Pondicherry Central University, India)
Subjects Taught
  • Research Methods
  • Tourism Geography
  • Destination Benchmarking 
Research Interests
  • Destination Development Studies
  • Benchmarking Tourism
  • Tourism Development and Implications
  • Tourism Data Analysis and Case Studies 

Research and Consultancy Projects
  • ASM Mega Science 3.0: Tourism Sector Study, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, Malaysia with Academi Sains Malaysia - 2015-2050 (2015-2016)
  • Provision of Tourism Training for Vietnamese Tourism Administrators in ASEAN country to the Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme (ESRT), European Union, (2013-2015)
  • Automated Tourism & Travel Training Centre at University of Gondar, DIF, World Bank & Ministry of Education, Ethiopia (2006).
  • Sustainable Tourism Development in Wayanad, DTPC, State Government of Kerala, India, 2001

Peer Reviewed Papers
  • Nair. V, Badarudin, M, Thomas, T. (2016). Conclusions: How can the Tourism Industry Respond to the Global Challenges Arising from Cimate Change and Environmental Degradation, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, emeraldinsgight, 8 (5), 606-610 [SCOPUS]
  • Matthew, A.G, Thomas, T. (2016). Consumers’ value assessment on location based service application as a mobile marketing tool, International journal of business and applied science, 2(3), 50-59.
  • Matthew, A.G, Thomas, T. (2016). Consumers’ Attitude towards location-based advertising: An exploratory study, Journal of Research in Marketing, 6(1), 390-396.
  • Thomas, T. (2015). Measuring Community Impact Assessment for Internal Destination Performance Evaluation in an Exploring Tourist Destination, Atna Journal of Tourism Studies, 10 (1), 53-71
  • Mothiravally, V., Siosen, A., Baloch, M. G., Thomas, T. & Geetha, S. (2014). Attitude and perception of visually impired travelers: A case of Klang Valley, Malaysia. Procedia- Social and Behavioural Sciences, Elsevier,144, 366-377.
  • Nair, K.P., & Thomas,T (2013). Sustnable Tourism Policies and Practices in Malaysia, Mondes Du Tourism N (8), 60-69.
  • Thomas, T. (2013). Conceptualizing Destination Performance Evaluation for Internal Destination Benchmarking: A Review, Atna Journal of Tourism Studies, 9 (1), 17-35
  • Thomas, T. (2011). Benchmarking Tourist Destination: Concept to Practice in Developing Economy. International Journal of Culture and Tourism Research, 4(1), 131-142.
  • Nair, K. P., & Thomas, T. (2011). Sustainable Tourism in Malays
Book Chapters
  • Thomas, T. Jacob, R. (2001). Host Perception on Tourism: A Study in Kerala, New Approaches in Tourism Management, Abhijeet, New Delhi.
Conference Abstracts/Proceedings
  • Thomas, T. (2014). Measuring Cognitive Indices of Tourist Satisfaction for Internal Destination Performance Evaluation in an Exploring Tourist Destination, 32 EuroCHRIE Conference, Dubai, UAE, 6-9 October 2014.
  • Thomas, T. (2013). BEST-EN Think Tank XIII, Modeling the Index Components of Tourist Satisfaction for Destination Performance Evaluation: A study on Kerala Tourism, Malaysia
  • Thomas, T. (2011). Unexpected Influence of Tourism in the Vulnerable Economic Region: The impact of Tourism on Native Community and Primary Economic Sector, 5th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Tourist Destination, ICRT, Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Thomas, T. (2012). Benchmarking Destination Challenges and Opportunities, 2nd Interdisciplinary Tourism Research Conference (ANATOLIA), Fathiye, Turkey, 24-29 April 2012
  • Thomas, T. (2011).Tourism for Vibrant Young, Stylish Elder and Euphoric Disabled, 2nd Tourism Destination Development Conference, Realizing Full Potential for Effective Execution, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Thomas, T. (2009). “Rural Tourism in the Vulnerable Economy” CAUTHE Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 10-13th February
  • Thomas, T. (2008) “Wanderlust and Sunlust in the Sensitive Tourist Destination” 9th International Joint World Cultural Tourism Conference, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea 14-16 November 2008
  • Chan, W, Thomas, T. (2014). The Influence of Online Marketing on Generation Y Tourists’ Perception: A Study on Tourism in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12th APacCHRIE conference 2014, Taylor’s University, Malaysia, 21-24 May 2014
  • Wee, V, Thomas, T, Mura,P. Serviced Apartments- A Critical Analysis if its Present and Future Trends, 6th Asia Euro Conference, IITTM, India, 9-12 November 2016.
  • Jacob, R. Thomas, T. 2016, Measuring Cognitive Indices of Tourist Satisfaction for Internal Destination Performance Evaluation in an Exploring Tourist Destination, 6th Asia Euro Conference, IITTM, India, 9-12 November 2016.
  • Romy, A, Thomas, T. 2015, Cognitive Fear of Outbound Tourists in the Event of Tragedies: Impact on Tourism Participation, 21 APTA Conference, Taylor’s University, Malaysia, 14-17May 2015

Scholarly Activities/Industry Experience
  • Visiting Faculty, Scholar in Residency, Erudite Scheme, Kerala State Higher Education Council, India, 2015.
  • Senior Visiting Faculty, Pazhassi Raja College, Pulpally, Wyanad, Kerala, India 2015 – Present
  • Visiting Faculty, School of Tourism Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India, 2005-Preset
  • Seminar on Accessible Tourism, 2017, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia [Keynote Speaker]
  • International Seminar on Traditional Medicine and Wellness tourism, 2017, Pazhassi Raja College, Wayanad, India [Keynote Speaker]
  • Methodological Approaches in Tourism Research, 2017, Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management (IITTM), Gwalior [Seminar]
  • Examiner, Postgraduate Programme, Central Queensland University, Australia
  • International symposium on “Fostering Tourism for Global Peace: Opportunities & Challenges” in collaboration with International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), 2016, SOA University, Bhuvaneswar [Guest Speaker]
  • Co-Chair, 6th Asia Euro Conference 2016, Taylor’s University and University de Toulouse Le Mirail and IITTM, 2016.
  • Future Leaders Forum- Project Based Learning, 2010, IMEX, Frankfurt, Germany [Guest Speaker]
  • Chairman, 4th Asia Euro Conference 2013, Taylor’s University and University de Toulouse Le Mirail
  • Trainer, Strategies for Successful Destination Marketing, 2008, Commonwealth Tourism Centre, Malaysia
  • Trainer, Policies, Strategies for Sustainable Tourism Development, 2007, Commonwealth Tourism Centre, Malaysia

Awards & Honours
  • Face of the Future 2010, PATA- (Pacific Asia Travel Association) International Award.
  • President’s Award, Excellence in Research & Innovations, Taylor’s University, 2013.
  • Chairman’s Award for Excellence (Teaching and Learning Category), Taylor’s University, 2010
  • Outstanding Scientist in the Field of Management: VIFRA, Foundation, India 2015
  • Letter of Appreciation, United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, 2010.

Professional Affiliations
  • Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA)
  • Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM)