Velvet Nelson

Velvet Nelson Velvet Nelson
Department of Geography and Geology
P.O. Box 2148
Huntsville, TX 77341

Office: LDB 334

 (936) 294-4065

GEOG 1300 People, Place and Environment
GEOG 2356 World Regional Geography: Latin America, Africa & South Asia
GEOG 3310 Sustainable Development
GEOG 3352 Tourism Geography
GEOG 3359 Regional Geography: The United States and Canada
Heritage tourism
Tourism & gastronomy
Tourism representations of place

My research focus is on travel and tourism as a topic of geographic inquiry. Travel is one of the most significant ways we know the world, and it is something I try to do as often as I can. I teach a course on tourism geography at SHSU, and I am the author of the textbook, An Introduction to the Geography of Tourism (2nd Edition, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017). 


My initial research interest was in the Caribbean as a major destination region. I have traveled throughout much of the region and conducted research in places like Grenada, St. Vincent, and Dominica. I have also spent time in Central Europe. In 2010, I was a Fulbright Scholar in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Primorska in Slovenia. I have since returned to the university as a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Tourism (2013, 2014, 2018). In addition, I have studied issues related to tourism in the Huntsville community and the city of Houston. 


I am an editorial board member for Tourism Geographies and Journal of Cultural Geography. I am also a board member of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change.