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Bernard Lane


Bernard Lane

Bernard Lane is a consultant, writer and lecturer specializing in heritage conservation and interpretation, sustainable tourism, small town and rural development. He is an Associate of Red Kite Environment (, a consultancy specializing in the management, interpretation and sustainable development of heritage sites, protected areas, and rural regions. He is Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecotourism. He is also a visiting research fellow at both the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield Hallam in the U.K. He holds editorial board positions on Current Issues in Tourism and on the USA based Journal of Interpretation Research. He sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Geotourism and Sustainable Development at the Western Norway Research Institute, and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leisure Academy.


Bernard Lane was a member of the academic staff of the University of Bristol from 1971 until early retirement in 2004. He was Director of the Masters Program in Architectural Conservation from 1980 to 2004, and Director of the Rural Tourism Unit from 1988 to 2004. He has been a consultant on rural development, heritage interpretation and management and sustainable tourism issues to over 60 organizations, including the Paris-based OECD, the World Bank, the government of Australia, development agencies and tourist boards in Canada, the Caribbean, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania and the USA and to communities, agencies, and local authorities, throughout Britain. He has also worked for many private sector travel companies, and for the World Travel and Tourism Council.


In 1992 he founded the international Journal of Sustainable Tourism. The journal's subscription list includes institutions, firms, agencies and individuals from 65 countries. He has given guest lectures and courses on sustainable tourism to Universities, tourist boards and conferences on all continents. He has over 130 publications, including 5 books.


Recent consultancy work has included a nineteenth century boatyard, a Roman Villa, a Bishop's Palace, Britain's oldest Abbey, several mansions and their gardens and grounds, and large country estates. A range of sustainable tourism strategies have been drawn up and implemented for rural districts and regions in UK and abroad, and for national governments. Feasibility studies include a textile center bringing together contemporary and heritage products, and a Polish rural railway line.


Trained as a geographer at the University of Liverpool, he worked at the University of Liverpool, University of Glasgow and University College Dublin before moving to the University of Bristol in 1971. He worked in Finland in 1978 and held a German government scholarship in Bavaria in 1984. He has published in Britain, Ireland, America, Australia, Canada, Chile, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Poland and Spain.



April 2008