Vincent Jacot has been working in the tourism industry since 2009 when he was an intern at a tourism office in Spain. It was at this job where he discovered dark tourism, a form of niche tourism that encompasses travel that features death, destruction, and the seemingly macabre. He explored this phenomenon from the standpoint of the public-sector in his thesis for Texas State University’s Master’s of Public Administration program “Is There A Demand For Dark Tourism?: A Description of Tourist Preferences and Development Strategies.” Since completing this program, Vincent worked for several state and local tourism organizations: helping in the creation of Texas’ statewide tourism promotional campaign, performing extensive market research, and repurposing an old jail into a museum.
In 2015, Vincent decided to pursue consulting and authorship. His book, Balancing Commemoration and Commercialization: The Intersection of Death and Tourism in the Age of Public Sector Development will be published in 2018. As a consultant, he has worked on several projects, including Texas’ efforts to commemorate WWI. In 2017, Vincent founded historiART which specializes in high quality art for heritage museums and other tourism related outfits. He has given presentations at several professional and academic conferences in the U.K. and Italy. Vincent is a member of NAIP and USICOMOS.