Sandra Rhodda

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School of Hospitality and Tourism 
Faculty of Applied Humanities 
Auckland University of Technology 
Auckland, New Zealand 
Phone: 921 9999 ext 8977



Sandra Rhodda joined The New Zealand Tourism Research Institute at AUT as Senior Research Officer in March 2010. Prior to that she was Research Manager at Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth, on the West Coast of the South Island. She has a PhD from The University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand).


Her research interests include tourism and travel for people with disabilities, seniors, and Baby Boomers, who will experience increasing disability with age. She is also interested in the related areas of health and wellness tourism, and in ecotourism, sustainable tourism, and art and cultural tourism.


She is Director of Access Tourism New Zealand, and co-founder of the Advocacy Group for Access Tourism


·         2010.  Access Tourism in New Zealand. In Buhalis, D. (University of Bournemouth), Darcy, S. (University of Technology, Sydney), and Ambrose, I. (EU Network for Access Tourism) (eds). International Access Tourism, Vol. 2 (in press)

·         2010. The current state of Access Tourism in New Zealand. Proceedings of the Second International European Network for Accessible Tourism (in press)
·         2008. Barking up the wrong tree: why New Zealand should focus on Baby Boomers and silver tourists, and on Access Tourism for people with disabilities.  Recreating Tourism.  New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference, Abstracts, p 69.  ISBN 978-0-86476-204-7
·         2008. A snapshot of the ecotourism and sustainable tourism industries in New Zealand. Tai Poutini Polytechnic website.
·         2008. West Coast Student participation in secondary and tertiary education. Tai Poutini Polytechnic website.
·         2007. Visitor use of the Heaphy Track. Report commissioned by Development West Coast
·         2007.  Tourism for visitors to New Zealand with mobility problems: a West Coast perspective.  Tai Poutini Polytechnic website
·         2006. A snapshot of the tourism industry on the West Coast. Tai Poutini Polytechnic website 


* Guest presentation, United Nations ESCAP-Takayama conference November 2009
* Tourism West Coast AGM, 14/10/2009
* Plenary session, EcotourismNZ Conference, Nelson, 6/8/ 2009
* Workshop at EcotourismNZ conference, 6/8/ 2009
* Grey District Disabilities Association group meeting, 9/5/2009
* NZ National Seniors and Disabilities Advisors Conference, Christchurch, 3/4/2009
* Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics NZ 5th annual research conference, Tauranga, 13/10/2008
* Nelson Wellness Symposium, 19/9/2008
* Tourism and Hospitality conference, Hanmer Springs, 5/12/2008
* Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics NZ hospitality forum, Wellington, 7/7/2008
* Keynote, Wellington City Council Tourism Public Forum, 11/4/2008
* EcotourismNZ conference, Greymouth, 3/8/2007
* Hospitality Standards Institute Research Forum, Christchurch, 6/7/2007
* Victoria University of Wellington Management School guest speaker, May 2007
* Academic Services Group, Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 20/4/2007

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