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 was recently interviewed in an article by Nick Churchhouse which appeared in the Southland Times, Timaru Herald and The Dominion Post. Tourism New Zealand's latest Chinese campaign is taking a new celebrity marketing tack.
Abstract: Access Tourism is tourism and travel for people with disabilities (PwDs), seniors, and those with temporary access needs (for example, those with short term disabilities, medical tourists etc). PwDs currently make up about 17% of NZ’s population, and a similar percentage in our major overseas tourism markets. This percentage is set to grow markedly with the ageing of the huge Baby Boomer population worldwide.
Thousands of young New Zealand and Australian men gave their lives for their countries at Gallipoli, many years ago, as did the young men of Turkey and England. Today, Australians and New Zealanders flock to Gallipoli and are hosted by their Turkish counterparts, for whom the battle also has deep significance.
Enhancing local economic linkages is critical for the development of more sustainable forms of tourism.NZTRI Director, Professor Simon Milne, recently worked on two different international projects on value chains and economic linkages in tourism. One project looked at local linkages and pro-poor tourism in Hue, Vietnam, while the other looked at economic linkages in the Tongan tourism industry. The project reports are available as attachments below.
"New Zealand should be prepared for international criticism for its plan to open conservation land to mining", said NZTRI director Simon Milne to the New Zealand Herald. He said the plan was likely to be picked up on by international media, and tourist businesses should be prepared for the fallout. "My concern is that people who have an eagle eye on our global image ... are going to say 'isn't this another case of something going on that doesn't match up with the national marketing campaign?"' he said. "This is ... the juiciest of all ironies.
AUT’s New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI) is working with universities around the world, including York University in Canada, as part of an international project to study the impact of climate change on employment. The project, which has received $1 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), looks at the challenge climate change presents to Canadian employment and workplaces.
In 2011, New Zealand will host a significant international event in the Rugby World Cup. Furthermore, New Zealand and other nations are facing significant challenges from a tourism and hospitality management perspective. Research has an important role to play in meeting those challenges. The New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference will take place on the 24th to the 26th of November 2010 at AUT University's campus in downtown Auckland.
Of 77 destinations surveyed by Hotels.com, only five had recorded increases in average room rates in 2009, compared with the previous year. Auckland, the only New Zealand city looked at, sat in 75th place. The average room rate in Auckland of $130 was down from $172 in 2008, a 24 per cent drop. NZTRI professor Simon Milne interviewed by the Dominion Post said the industry was globally driven and prices were difficult to raise without solid delivery of service and quality product. "The only way forward in the way of rates is to look at the quality being delivered to the consumer. And that's where New Zealand does lag behind the world."
Pascal Languillon, a NZTRI Research Officer and PhD student, recently co-authored a book on luxury ecotravel, the first of its kind. This book, Ecochic, is part of the Chic Collection series. There’s no denying the power of environmentalism today— we live in green-conscious times. With eco-related issues rising into higher prominence, a new breed of traveler has emerged— modern, stylish and ecologically aware.
Radio discussion (1 hour) on whale watching with Greg Kaufman (Pacific Whale Foundation), Mark Orams (AUT University), Michael Lück (AUT University) and Douglas Abram (author of "Eye of the Whale"). Wailuku, Maui, Hawai'i, 11th February, 2010. KAOI Radio (1110AM).