Centre of Learning: Business, Hospitality and Tourism
School: School of Business
Teaching Programme: Bachelor of Applied Management, Graduate Diploma in Applied Management
Research Speciality: Hospitality industry security responsibility, hospitality and tourism staff/contractor security vetting, duty of care towards tourists and visitors, creating a security conscious industry, food, sport, maritime and event terrorism.
Cyril Peter is passionate about hospitality and creating nourishing experiences for guests. While this explains his love for preparing and serving his natural Sri Lankan food to others; it also crosses over to the desire to provide security to those in his care. With a history in the hospitality industry (and qualifications to match) it has become an enduring desire to ensure the industry is as prepared as possible in the face of the rising acts of terrorism.
Cyril ‘accidentally’ discovered his research subject, hospitality/tourism related terrorism, while studying for his Masters degree at Auckland University of Technology. This research area and its subsets, have now become his main research focus. The main thrust of his work is to identify gaps in the security blueprint of the industry, and offer possible solutions.
Cyril has successfully completed several research projects and has been presenting his findings at various international conferences since 2013. He has also written and published several journal article. As part of the overall theme (hospitality/tourism related terrorism), Cyril has thus far completed research related to sports events, food and cruise/maritime. He is now planning to work on event security, use of vehicles as weapons and lone wolves and its implications on hospitality and tourism.
2012: Master of International Hospitality Management, Auckland University of Technology
2011: Certificate in Adult Education (Level 5), Wellington Institute of Technology
2008: Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Wellington Institute of Technology
1992: Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management, International Correspondence School
Nov 2008 – current: Tutor / Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Wellington Institute of Technology
Dec 2006 – Jul 2007 Programme Administrator – Health & Well Being, Wellington Institute of Technology
Feb 2002 – Dec 2006 Programme Administrator – Graduate School of Business, Massey University
1998 – 2000 Administration & Operations, PMC School of Logistics
1997 Duty Manager, Ladyhill Hotel
1995 – 1997 Senior Regional Executive (South Asia), Senao Communications (S) Pte Ltd
1994 – 1995 Local Sales Executive, Alltools Trading Pte Ltd
1992 – 1993 Duty Officer / Front Office Executive / Asst. Front Office Manager, Hotel Grand Central
1990 – 1992 Restaurant / Catering Manager, Palmyrah Caterers Pte td
1981 – 1988 Aircraft Mechanic, Republic of Singapore Air Force
2016 WelTec Research award
2016 – 2017 WelTec / Whitireia Ethics and Research Committee member
Peter, C. (2017). Navigating the high seas: Can security perceptions be influenced by demographic factors? International Journal of Safety and Security in Tourism / Hospitality, 17, pp. 1-15.
Peter, C. (2017). Tourists: Duty of care. International Journal of Safety and Security in Tourism/Hospitality, 17, pp. 1-14.
Peter, C. (2016). Cruising with terrorists: Qualitative study of consumer perspectives. International Journal of Safety and Security in Tourism/Hospitality, 14, pp.1- 12.
Rice, T., & Peter, C. (2015). Banking on Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Management Sciences, 2(2), pp.255-272.
Peter, C. (2015). Food terrorism: Do we care? International Journal of Safety and Security in Tourism/Hospitality, 10.
Peter, C., Poulston, J., and Losekoot, E. (2014). Terrorism, rugby, and hospitality: She׳ll be right. Journal of Destination Marketing & Management.
Peter, C., 1998. Diary of a Duty Manager. Singapore: Angsana Books.
Peter, C (2017). Hospitality, Tourism, Terrorism: Creating a security conscious culture (book chapter – accepted by publisher (CABi) (book titled ’Risk and Safety Challenges for religious Tourism and Events’ to be released in June 2018).
Peter, C. (2017). Navigating the high seas: Can security perceptions be influenced by demographic factors? Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (APacCHRIE). Bali.
Peter, C. (2016). Cruising with terrorists: Qualitative study of consumer perspectives. Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (APacCHRIE). Bangkok.
Peter, C. (2015). Food fight: How terrorists play. Global Hospitality, Tourism, Marketing and Management Conference (GHTMM). Bangkok.
Peter, C. (2014). Food Terrorism: Do We Care? ApacCHRIE 2014.
Peter, C, Losekoot, E, and Poulston, J. (2013). Be Prepared or She'll Be Right? Terrorism, Hotels and Mega Events in New Zealand. Council for Australasian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE). Christchurch.
2015 to current: - Associate Editor - (Oceania) International Journal of Safety and Security in Tourism/Hospitality
2015 to current: Journal of Hotel and Business Management
2015 to current: Journal of Tourism & Hospitality
2015 to current: Journal of Management Sciences
2014 – 2017: Weltec-Whitireia Research Symposium
2015 NZABE Conference
2016 to date: Supervision of Level 7 student research projects in field of Strategic Management since 2016.