Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

About the Speaker
  • Profession
    PR Manager
  • Company
    German University of Technology in Oman

Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

PR Manager at German University of Technology in Oman

Dr. Manuela Gutberlet has been working as a public relations manager at the German University of Technology in Oman (Gutech) since the establishment of the university in Muscat in 2007. She is also a Tourism Geographer and a research affiliate of the University of Johannesburg, Department of Business and Hospitality. Her research focuses on tourism planning, cruise tourism, overtourism, tourist experiences, imaginaries, cultural ecosystem services and the ethics in tourism. She has published several scientific papers in peer-reviewed, international journals and she is currently working on a book on ‘Overtourism and Cruise Tourism on the Arabian Peninsula’, to be published by Routledge in the UK. Moreover, she has been teaching Tourism Planning courses in Germany.

Dr. Manuela Gutberlet conducted her PhD besides her work and graduated from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2017. She has earnt her first degree in Arabic and International Business in Germany. Previously she worked as a journalist in Germany, Cairo and in Oman. Her articles were published in English, Arabic and German such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, FAZ, arte tv and Middle East Times in Cairo. To create awareness on the impacts of mass-cruise tourism she has been giving presentations and talks to the local community, including to high-ranking decision-makers as well as to school and university students and academics in Oman and in Germany. In addition, she has been presenting her research at international Geography and Tourism Conferences in Oman, USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, Poland, Russia and China.