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Tourism – Ready for Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the global travel and tourism industry.

To help prepare the industry for recovery, Dr Sarah Gardiner from Griffith Institute for Tourism has created a FREE micro-credential short course called Tourism – Ready for Recovery. This course provides you with key insights and information, videos, activities, scenarios and case studies to assist you to navigate your way through this crisis, consider your recovery action plan and emerge more resilient and competitive as borders reopen and restrictions ease.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Griffith digital badge that you can use to promote that you are ready for recovery.

Bushfire stories

The 2019-2020 bushfires were devastating. Not only did they burn forests, farms, buildings to the greatest extent ever recounted, but they also took the life of 34 people and more than a billion animals (CDP, 2020). In Queensland specifically, more than half of the Gondwana world heritage rainforests were burned, including the iconic Binna Burra Lodge.

Our multidisciplinary research project is contributing to bushfire recovery and resilience and is jointly funded under the Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2020.

Our project aims to build community resilience to disasters by gathering and sharing first-hand experiences of the community responses.

Feature news


GIFT Director Professor Chris Fleming, GIFT Deputy Director Dr Sarah Gardiner and GIFT Researcher Dr Elaine Yang attended the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) Twilight Networking Function last night. The event was sponsored by Griffith Institute for Tourism. Chris also delivered a speech on talent retention in which he highlighted the importance of vision and equity.


GIFT researchers, Associate Professor’s Karine Dupre and Brent Moyle are working on a project titled ‘Qantas Drive Rejuvenation: Stage 2 Top-Secret Masterplan’ in the Queensland Outback with the Murweh Shire Council. As an outcome of the Stage 2 Masterplan for the Top-Secret Tourism Precinct, the Qantas Drive entry statement, and associated areas for potential rejuvenation, are to be assessed and redesigned to contribute to the creation of a new clear identity which aligns with community and visitor aspirations. Pictured here is the full council with students Majed Abu Seif and Ting Ren along with A/Prof Karine Dupre where the team presented their report to the council members.


Former GIFT Research Candidate, Dr Truc Le on the conferral of her doctoral degree! Dr Le's thesis focuses on authenticity in dining experiences using online reviews. The thesis was supervised by GIFT researchers Professor Charles Arcodia, Dr Margarida Abreu Novais and Dr Anna Krajl.


GIFT Researcher, Dr Rawan Nimri on being awarded as one of the Best Reviewers for the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management at #CAUTHE2021. This award recognises the contribution of Dr Nimri, whose insightful feedback has assisted authors to substantially improve their submissions to the journal.


Dr NiNa Dhirasasna on the conferral of her doctoral degree! NiNa's thesis examines renewable energy technology adoption dynamics in the hotel sector. The thesis was supervised by Professor Susanne Becken and Dr Oz Sahin.

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