The New Zealand Tourism Research Institute at The Auckland University of Technology brings together experts from around the world to deliver innovative research solutions for the industry and those who depend on it. Our research enables business, community and government to develop profitable and sustainable industry outcomes. The institute is a recognised leader in graduate student research and education, with many alumni in key international academic and industry positions.

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Tourism 2025 - Growing Value Together

Steve Riley, Industry and Data Analyst, Tourism Industry Association NZ
6 June, 2014 12:00

Tourism 2025 – Growing Value Together/Whakatipu Uara Ngatahi is a framework to unite New Zealand’s large and diverse tourism industry and ignite strong, aspirational economic growth. Its goal is to have the tourism industry contribute $41 billion a year to the New Zealand economy by 2025, up from $24 billion now. It provides vital context for some collective actions by big or small industry clusters and for thousands of actions which individual businesses will take each year.

Manukau Harbour researchers keen to hear from locals

Tourism researchers exploring the recreation and tourism potential of the Manukau Harbour want to hear from as many locals and visitors as possible about the way they use the harbour.

Sustainable Tourism: Guiding Fiction or Wishful Fantasy?

Richard Butler, Emeritus Professor of Tourism, Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow
14 March, 2014 12:00
WH126, AUT Wellersley Campus



Tourism, ICT and Community Development: Enhancing experiences, strengthening economies

Professor Simon Milne (Director NZTRI) will give a presentation as part of the 2013 Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series at the University of Auckland.  The theme of the four lectures in the series is: The Internet: Today and the Future.

Date: Thursday 10 October, 7-8pm
Location: Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Chemistry Building, 23 Symonds Street (City Campus). University of Auckland.

The Economic and Conservation Value of Bird-watching in New Zealand

Krisztian Vas
4 October, 2013 12:00
12- 1 pm, WH125, WH Building, AUT Wellesley Campus

The Economic and Conservation Value of Bird-watching in New Zealand.


Cook Islands Visitor Survey 2012-2013

NZTRI conducted an online Visitor Survey for the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation (CITC), (April- 2012- April 2013) - see below for a link to the summary of results. This research was designed to provide a deeper understanding of the characteristics of visitors to the Cook Islands including their expectations and expenditure. Feedback from visitors to the Cook Islands enables CITC to improve the visitor experience as well as support it to make good decisions about tourism in this beautiful island nation.

Apr 2012
May 2013
Primary Contact: 
Simon Milne
Evangeline Singh

Art at the Airport: to whose benefit?

Dr Melissa Laing
30 August, 2013 12:00
12- 1 pm, WH417, WH Building, AUT Wellesley Campus




In 2001, Majorie Schwarzer posed the following question in Museum News: “Are airports a viable setting for museums striving to reach out to the elusive global community?"

Today collaboration among airports and museums specialising in art, culture, history and science is widespread, with annexes, gallery spaces and display cabinets sited within terminal buildings around the world. Add to this a practice of commissioning large scale art works and cultural artefacts and it can seen that airports around the world are strategically mobilising culture as a means of constituting a sense of place and national or civic identity.


Female tourism handicraft entrepreneurs in Greece and gender role negotiations. A feminist economics analysis

Fiona Bakas
6 August, 2013 12:00
12-1pm, WH125

Strategies for enhancing the position of women have generally involved increasing women’s productive activities, often through the creation of specific tourism development programmes for example the expansion of handicraft production for tourism retail. However, it is frequently argued that women must then deal with a complex renegotiation of domestic tasks as they try to combine both productive and social reproductive work. Borrowing the term ‘social reproduction’ from political economy, this research uses the activities needed to reproduce human life on a daily basis and intergenerationally, as a lens through which to examine gender roles and relations within tourism development. 

Ethnic Panopticon: Controversies in Indigenous Tourism

Professor Philip Xie
8 July, 2013 12:00
WH125, WH Building, AUT Wellesley Campus


The presentation suggests a shifting of emphasis away from the discourse of authenticity to the process of authenticating indigenous tourism. It proposes a term of ethnic panopticon as a metaphor for the complex interplay of indigenous tourism.  The presentation focuses upon what authentication is, how it works, who is involved, and what the problems are in the process. By using the study of folk villages on Hainan Island, China, it proposes that authenticity evolves from a static into a more dynamic concept, which can be formulated according to the different stages of development relating to all the stakeholders.

UNIDO Web-raising Workshop, Watamu, Kenya


Simon Milne has recently facilitated a workshop in the coastal resort area of Watamu, Kenya. The three day UNIDO funded gathering ran from March 25-27 and was focused on raising the ability of the internet to enhance the links between tourism and sustainable community economic development. Participants at the workshop included local community representatives, NGOs, private and public sector representatives and also UNIDO representatives.

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