Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Billy Collins

Billy Collins

Billy Collins

Name: Billy Collins
Position: Senior Lecturer & Chair
Phone: 250.828.5256


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Soul Food
Roots Rock Reggae
Alpine Travel
National Parks
Fly Fishing

Research Interests

Festival & Event Management
Phenomenon of Events
National Parks & Parkitecture
Mountain Culture


Master in Urban Studies
Simon Fraser University, 2010

Bachelor of Tourism Management Degree
Thompson Rivers University, 2005

Business Administration Diploma
Red River College, 1989

Bachelor of Arts Degree
University of Manitoba, 1987


Wallin, M. R., Collins, B., & Hull, J. (2013) Its Not Just About the Film: Festivals, Sustainability & Small Cities in Events, Society and Sustainability: Critical and Contemporary Perspectives. Routledge, New York. (Ed. Thomas Pernecky and Michael Luck)

Kellee Caton, Colleen Pastoor, Yaniv Belhassen, Billy Collins, and Mark Wallin. Christian Music Festival Tourism and Positive Peace. The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research, 3(2), 2013, pp. 21-42.

Collins, B. (2015) National Park. In Cater, C., Garrod, B. and Low, T. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Tourism. CABI, Oxford. pp 343-344.

Employment History

Faculty Member, TRU Tourism Management, 2008-2020

Manager, Wells Gray Provincial Park Information Centre, 2004-2006

Senior Agent & Territory Manager, Paquin Artists Agency, 1995-2003

Courses Taught

TMGT 1110 Introduction to Tourism
TMGT 2610 Environmental Issues
TMGT 3000 Practicum in Tourism
EVNT 1100 The World of Events
EVNT 2070 Staging Events
EVNT 2260 Managing Festivals & Events
EVNT 2190 Destination Marketing Organizations
EVNT 2500 Events Fieldtrip
TMGT 3000 Post Bacc Practicum
EVNT 3800 Event Logistics 1
TMGT 3980 Rock Dreams: History of Rock 1954-84
EVNT 4800 Event Logistics 2
TMGT 4010 Tourism Product Development & Innovation
TMGT 4050 Event Tourism
TMGT 4170 Information Technology & Innovation
TMGT 4090 Culture of Events
TMGT 4800 Tourism Enterprise Consulting Project
TMGT 4020 Graduating Seminar

Professional Affiliations

International Festival & Events Association (IFEA)
Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)