Creating global connections to research and cultivate sustainable tourism practice and policy

GIFT is globally connected to key organisations and business partners. As an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), we are involved in a number of global and regional initiatives. Particular areas of collaboration relate to sustainable tourism, climate change and aviation.

Our researchers work closely with partners from across the globe, with almost half of our publications having an international co-author.

Ongoing engagement with UNWTO

UNWTO Special Report: Managing Growth and Sustainable Tourism Governance in Asia and the Pacific

The UNWTO estimate there will be 535 million international arrivals to Asia and the Pacific by 2030, a 90 per cent increase on 2015. This rapid growth in tourism coupled with the region's large population, calls for effective management and diversification of demand in order to protect tourism resources and supplies. GIFT is preparing a special report for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Managing Growth and Sustainable Tourism Governance in Asia and the Pacific. This report will be presented to the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in September 2017.

Public-Private Partnerships in tourism

GIFT and UNWTO launched the Global Report on Public-Private Partnerships in Tourism in November 2015. Through a wide range of case studies, the UNWTO Global Report on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs): Tourism Development, provides a solid evidence base for the importance of effective PPPs in tourism, illustrating how partnerships across different destinations and market segments can be used as development tools. Presenting the main findings of the report, Professor Scott noted through PPPs, stakeholders can come together to achieve remarkable results in areas such as product development and capacity building.

Computable General Equilibrium Modelling for Tourism Policy

Adjunct Professor Larry Dwyer recently published a UNWTO report on Computable General Equilibrium Models in Tourism. The report discusses that in contrast to earlier emphasis on destination input-output models to provide multiplier values to determine the effects (positive and negative) of tourism demand shocks on economic variables such as gross domestic product, value added and employment, computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, are now being used worldwide to estimate the resulting net macroeconomic and industry effects and for tourism policy analysis.

UNWTO World Conference on Tourism and Future Energy: Unlocking low-carbon growth

Professor Susanne Becken was the moderator of the Panel on ‘Sustainable Transport and Mobility in Tourism, Astana, Kazakhstan 26–27 June 2017.  The conference brought together industry leaders and policymakers to discuss the contribution of the tourism sector to reducing carbon emissions and to explore new opportunities and innovative solutions for future energy in the global tourism sector.

Other projects and partnerships

Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard

Researchers from GIFT are collaborating with the University of Surrey to develop a global dashboard to track the performance of tourism across all dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. The initiative is supported by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), World Economic Forum, International Tourism Partnership, and EarthCheck, amongst others. Economic indicators of the number of arrivals, receipts, jobs and investment are collected at a global scale by WTTC and UNWTO amongst others.

Australia Adapts

Following the success of the America Adapts podcast, Australia joins the show with regular podcasts, where GIFT member Dr Johanna Nalau interviews adaptation professionals in Australia.

The podcast will feature discussions with a wide range of adaptation professionals across Australia and give updates on current and past adaptation initiatives, ideas and insights.

Panels and Advice

Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel

Air New Zealand is committed to contributing to a thriving and sustainable New Zealand. Taking a stewardship role beyond running a business requires leadership, vision and resourcing. Air New Zealand's sustainability journey is supported by a Sustainability Advisory Panel of internationally renowned experts, who meet twice a year to provide advice on all aspects of our sustainability journey. Professor Susanne Becken is one of seven panel members, and values the opportunity to link academic research with the industry practice.

Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education

The Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) represents the interests of higher education providers of bachelor degree level and above in tourism, hospitality and events education. Dr Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore is the Second Vice Chair and Professor Noel Scott is Treasurer.

Gold Coast Adventure Travel Advisory Group

Dr Sarah Gardiner is a member of the Gold Coast Adventure Travel Advisory Group. This committee provide strategic advice to Gold Coast Tourism's youth marketing activities. For more details see Destination Gold Coast.

PATA Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee

Professor Susanne Becken was invited to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)'s Sustainability and Social  Responsibility  Committee. The purpose of the committee is to provides guidance to PATA for enhanced sustainability and social responsibility practices and outcomes for the purpose of mainstreaming sustainability in the tourism sector.

The Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand

Dr Millicent Kennelly is the Treasurer of SMAANZ. The principal aim of SMAANZ is to encourage scholarly inquiry into sport management related research and to provide the opportunity to present results from this research.

The Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies

Associate Professor Catherine Prentice is the Director and Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS). APAGS is a not-for profit international network consisting of scholars, professionals, regulators , and policy makers dealing with gambling research and the gaming business around the world. APAGS is dedicated to promoting gambling studies from different perspectives through consultancy and scientific research, by holding international conferences and publishing scholarly journals.


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