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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
NZTRI is working with the Orākei Local Board (Auckland Council) on a research programme that is designed to stimulate local economic activity by raising the profile of the Orākei area as a visitor destination.
This Visitor Strategy development is one that will enhance visitor yield, increase the profitability and sustainability of the tourism industry, intensify collaboration between stakeholders, and will focus on engaging stakeholders in developing destination potential.
National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy: Feasibility study and concept assessment for a World War One Resource Centre and Commemoration Space.
This research was designed to assist the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy (Navy Museum) to evaluate a proposal to create a Commemorative Space and a World War One (WW1) Resource Centre development to mark the centennial of New Zealand naval activity from 1914-1919. It also enabled the Navy Museum to identify gaps in the public acknowledgment of the contribution of New Zealanders in WW1 particularly at sea.
The Tradestaff ISF (International Softball Federation) Men's World Softball Championships: Economic Impact Study
Organizers of the 2013 World Softball Championships have commissioned NZTRI to conduct an economic impact assessment.
The event was held in Auckland from March 1-10. NZTRI worked with Softball 2013 to finalise an online survey for event attendees and team managers. This approach considered daily spends by spectators and teams.
Reported figures differentiated between extra spending that has occurred directly because of the event and spending that would still have occurred in the absence of the event, and Impacts were assessed at the regional and national level.