Dr Gaitree (Vanessa) Gowreesunkar has undertaken her PhD in the field of Tourism Management and Marketing. This was a merit scholarship based on her academic achievement. Vanessa is a lecturer and a researcher by profession and she is currently serving the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Mauritius Institute of Education. She has a number of publications in internationally peer refereed journals and is actively engaged in community-based projects. She is the executive secretary of the African Union ECOSOCC (Woman and Gender Cluster) and occupies the post of president at the African Network for Policy, Research, and Advocacy for Sustainability (www.anpras.org) Vanessa’s research interest is not limited to tourism management, destination marketing, tourism entrepreneurship and island tourism.