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.
On November 5th, Dr.John Hull presented a breakout session at the Cawthron Aquaculture Conference in Nelson on NZTRI's continuing research linked to the role of Innovation on the Top of the South Aquaculture and Seafood Trail organised by the Marine Farming Association in 2006. The session was attended by over 40 participants. The survey results from businesses and planners conducted in 2008 and preliminary results of visitors to the region in 2009 were presented. The baseline data is providing information for policymakers on how to strengthen linkages between the aquaculture and tourism industries in the region. The research programme for the Top of the South Aquaculture and Seafood
Abstract: Creating opportunities for the sustainable development of tourism in the Pacific Islands must be stripped back to the basics. While assistance with marketing and promoting an image is important, developing crucial necessities such as waste management is the key to maintaining an attractive image for the destination in the short term and protecting natural resources in the long term. If the animals that tourists travel to see are choking to death on plastic bags, then how long can tourism last?
Me’a Kai - The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific - Farmer-to-Table "How a cookbook can empower rural economies"
Abstract: Robert Oliver is writing a cookbook to showcase Pacific Island cuisine, not only for food and book lovers, but primarily to elevate the attitude and relationship between Pacific Islanders themselves and their culinary culture. Tourism is the largest economic machine in the South Pacific Islands, yet most of the hotel food product is imported. At the same time, there is abundance of land and farming skills and farmers. Robert’s presentation discusses how to join the two sectors: the benefits, the barriers, and a exploration of solutions.
On October 7-8th, NZTRI Associate Director Dr. John Hull delivered a two day workshop funded by the Nordic Council's Office of North Atlantic Agreement (NORA) for the Wild North Project in Torshavn, Faroe Islands.
On September 29th, over 35 researchers interested in the social sustainability of hunting tourism gathered at Umea University, Sweden to share best practices and information on attitudes, impacts, and the informal and formal processes affecting hunting and fishing in peripheral areas of northern Europe and North America. Dr. John Hull, NZTRI Associate Director was invited as a guest speaker to present case study research from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key spoke to the backpackers industry conference suggesting that many world economies are looking as if they're coming out of the recession, particulaly China which may prove to become a major market for backpackers.
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George Hickton unveiled a new $2 million dollar campaign at the first NZ Backpacker Industry Conference. The campaign is targeting European backpackers to consider whether they have "gone all the way" by ensuring their travels include a visit to New Zealand. New long haul departure taxes introduced in November 2010 may offer new cost considerations for backpackers travelling from the European market. NZTRI Director, Simon Milne comments that we need to fight back in regard to tourist miles. Video coverage is available at the TV3 website.
The first NZ Backpacker Industry Conference is underway. The event is hosted at AUT University in conjunction with NZTRI and NZBackpack.com. Information about the event is being covered by many mainstream news organisations in NZ. Additional coverage is available at thUMBRELLA. Delegates at the conference are also using the NZBIC tag on Twitter.
Research conducted by Claire Liu at AUT University has indentified some underlying issues with tour companies servicing the chinese market in the Auckland region. The lack of participation and use of quality management systems could be affecting services and experiences. Coverage of these findings are available here [stuff.co.nz].
NZ Backpacker Industry conference is taking place on the 17 & 18th of September at AUT. Information is now available at www.backpackerconference.org.nz.
Speakers include the Hon John Key, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism; George Hickton, Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand, Tim Cossar – Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association and more. Register your interest in the conference today by visiting the conference website here.