Building on a long history of tourism research at Griffith University and the success of the Centre for Tourism, Sport and Services Research, the International Centre of Ecotourism Research and previous partnerships, such as the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism, the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) will further broaden and deepen Griffith University’s expertise and research performance in tourism.
GIFT’s mission is to undertake and disseminate world leading research in tourism, to effect both an academic and external impact. The Institute will develop and foster international collaborations and provide support to members to achieve research excellence and sustainability. Through its strategic partnerships, GIFT’s structure and research programs are designed to ensure high industry and policy relevance. Following the triple bottom line concept, the key areas of impact of research undertaken at GIFT reflect economic, social and environmental dimensions:
- Business, Destination and Organisational Viability (Economy)
- Health, Quality Experience, and Well-being (Individuals)
- Environmental Resilience and Nature Conservation (Environment)
The Griffith Institute for Tourism Advisory Board supports the Director, staff and members in achieving the goals of the University and the mission of the Griffith Institute for Tourism. The Advisory Board also provides strategic advice to the Griffith Institute for Tourism.
"As the founder and owner of Riverlife, Tangatours and P&O Edge, I place a very high value on the long-term association I enjoy with Griffith Institute for Tourism, including Sarah Gardiner’s assistance in the recruitment of very high quality graduates and our mutual interest in developing innovation and sustainability in the youth and adventure travel sector." - John Sharpe, April 2016
"The course was excellent!! Thanks a lot guys for this opportunity. Fantastic learning and sharing. All the best from me and the whole team of Eco Regions Indonesia!"
"This course is excellent. It answers my thirst for knowledge on tourism and destination management, if there is further course on tourism destination management; I like to take it again."
(Comments received from participants in the Australia Awards Short Course: Sustainable Tourism for Regional Growth for Indonesia)
"Thank you so much for your congratulations, we are absolutely thrilled ( and more than a little shocked). I cannot thank Sarah, Joan and Noel enough for their encouragement, knowledge and support throughout this process. This is just proof that great things happen when small businesses collaborate with larger organisations.” (Email from Kerri Jekyll, Get Wet Surf School, September 2015 - on winning the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Prize for Innovation in Tourism 2015).
"Our partnership with GIFT is very important to EarthCheck as it ensures our products and our science continue to meet and exceed the needs of the tourism industry." - Stewart Moore, CEO EarthCheck