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Dr Oskaras Vorobjovas-Pinta


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Telephone: +61 8 6304 5540
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2255  


Dr Oskaras Vorobjovas-Pinta is a Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management in the School of Business and Law.


Dr Oskaras Vorobjovas-Pinta is a Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University. Oskaras obtained his PhD from the University of Tasmania, a Bachelor of Science (European Studies) from the University of Southern Denmark and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Tourism and Hospitality Management) from Vilnius University of Applied Sciences.

Oskaras primary area of expertise is LGBT tourism. His key research interests are LGBT tourism; niche tourism; tourism in the digital world; extending ethnographic and qualitative research methods into tourism research; social impacts of tourism; and technology-enhanced tourism experiences. Oskaras has a broad interest and industry experience in innovative tourism research, and has been involved in a number of projects focusing on resilience, and on technology-enabled advanced tracking of visitors to Tasmania. These projects have each been built on extensive stakeholder and industry engagement.

Oskaras has published articles in top-ranked international journals: Annals of Tourism Research, International Journal of Tourism Research, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management etc. At the invitations of the editors, he has contributed to the Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality: A Guide for Business Practice from Harrington Park Press.

Oskaras is a member of the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE), a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS), a member of Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd), and is an Affiliated Researcher, Institute for the Study of Social Change.

Oskaras also holds a Graduate Certificate in Research from the University of Tasmania, including formal instruction in university teaching and learning.

Current Teaching

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Event Operations Management

Professional Associations

  • Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)
  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS)
  • Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 – Conference Scholarship, Center for Leisure and Culture Services, Copenhagen Business School for the Critical Tourism Studies Conference in Ibiza, Spain
  • 2018 – Teaching Nomination in recognition of teaching excellence, University of Tasmania
  • 2017 – PhD Writing Up Fellowship by the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania
  • 2017 – Summer Fellowship by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania
  • 2015 – Teaching Merit Certificate in recognition of meritorious contribution to the teaching programs of the University of Tasmania
  • 2012 – 2017 – University of Tasmania Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Tasmania
  • 2012 – 2017 – Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  • 2011 – Study Abroad Scholarship, University of Southern Denmark

Research Areas and Interests

  • LGBT tourism
  • Niche tourism
  • Social impacts of events
  • Ethnographic research
  • Critical tourism methodologies and studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Tourism in the digital world
  • Technology-enhanced tourism experiences


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, 2017.
  • Graduate Certificate in Research, University of Tasmania, 2017.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Grimmer, L., Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., (2019), Maintaining the Status Quo: Regulating Airbnb in Tasmania. Tourism in Tasmania, Hobart, Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd.
  • Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., (2019), Resorts. Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History, 1379-1383, Farmington Hills, MI, Charles Scribner’s Sons.
  • Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., (2018), ‘It’s Been Nice, but We’re Going Back to Our Lives’: Neo-Tribalism and the Role of Space in a Gay Resort. Neo-Tribes: Consumption, Leisure and Tourism, 71-87, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-68207-5_5.

Journal Articles

  • Grimmer, L., Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., (2019), From the Sharing Economy to the Visitor economy: The Impact on Small Retailers. International Journal of Tourism Cities, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), 1-8, DOI:
  • Grimmer, L., Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., Massey, M., (2019), Regulating, then deregulating Airbnb - The unique case of Tasmania (Australia). Annals of Tourism Research, 75(March), 304-307, DOI: doi:10.1016/j.annals.2019.01.012.
  • Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., Dalla-Fontana, IJ., (2019), The strange case of dating apps at a gay resort: hyper-local and virtual-physical leisure. Tourism Review, Online First(n/a), 1-11, Bingley, UK, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1108/TR-03-2017-0035.
  • Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., (2018), Gay neo-tribes: Exploration of travel behaviour and space. Annals of Tourism Research, 72(September 2018), 1-10, DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2018.05.008.
  • Hardy, A., Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., Eccleston, R., (2018), Enhancing knowledge transfer in tourism: an Elaboration Likelihood Model approach. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 37(December 2018), 33-41, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhtm.2018.09.002.
  • Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., Robards, B., (2017), The shared oasis: An insider ethnographic account of a gay resort. Tourist Studies: an international journal, 17(4), 369-387, DOI: 10.1177/1468797616687561.
  • Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., Hardy, A., (2016), The Evolution of Gay Travel Research. International Journal of Tourism Research, 18(4), 409-416, DOI: 10.1002/jtr.2059.

Conference Publications

  • Vorobjovas-Pinta, O., Hardy, A., (2014), Rethinking Gay Tourism: A Review of Literature. CAUTHE 2014: Tourism and Hospitality in the Contemporary World: Trends, Changes and Complexity, 635-644, Brisbane, Australia, University of Queensland.
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