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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Pacific Flair Infused in Book

Pasifika food, music, singing and dancing all played a part in the AUT University-hosted launch of Robert Oliver’s new book. 


New Zealand Tourism and Research Institute (NZTRI) member, Oliver, spent time travelling the Pacific Islands and in early May launched his book Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific at Piko and Four Season's restaurants in the School of Hospitality and Tourism at AUT.


NZTRI member launches new food tourism book

NZTRI member Robert Oliver is launching his new book Me'Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific Cook Book (Random House) launch on 6 May 2010 at AUT University.


NZTRI director interviewed about Tourism NZ campaign in China

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.

Why New Zealand needs to develop Access Tourism (AT) and an AT Research Programme

Sandra Rhodda
14 May, 2010 12:00
WE 305. WE building, Wellesley Campus

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.

NZTRI researcher finds out about visitor motivations to attend Anzac day in Gallipoli

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.

Recent NZTRI work on value chains in tourism

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.

100% pure image at risk from mining activities

"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.

Global warming’s impact on workplaces under the microscope in joint AUT and York University study

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.

The New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference: Adding Value Through Research:

 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.

Hotel rates plunge worldwide

Of 77 destinations surveyed by, 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."

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