At first they were surprised that they had been nominated for a thesis prize in the travel world, but they are pleased as punch at winning. Manon Joosten and Ramona van Marwijk were awarded the Ed van Thijn thesis prize on Monday 27 September in Amsterdam for their graduation report on tourism in Malindi, Kenya.
The jury was headed by the man after whom the prize is named, Ed van Thijn former chairman of the federation of Dutch travel companies. The jury report praised the good theoretical framework and the care with which the students had prepared their case study. The prize was awarded for the first time this year, and the aim is to broaden and deepen scientific debate on developments in the travel sector. ‘We are pleased above all that someone outside the university has read our thesis so carefully,’ commented the winners. They will share the 1,250 euros prize money: ‘Perhaps we’ll go to Kenya together.’ / YdH