Delivering positive solutions through research

Established in 2014, the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) continues to broaden and deepen the University’s expertise and research performance in tourism.

We are one of only two universities in Australia to receive a tourism ranking above world standard, and are renowned for our individual approach to both national and international tourism outcomes.

Our Mission

Our 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.


Expertise at the Griffith Institute for Tourism

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Griffith Institute for Tourism is an affiliate member of the United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO).


Griffith Institute for Tourism is a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

Griffith University

Griffith University is a public research university in South East Queensland on the east coast of Australia. It began teaching in 1975, introducing Australia's first degrees in environmental science and Asian studies. The University is deeply connected to the Asian region, socially conscious and environmentally aware, an integral part of the community and heavily industry focused. Griffith ranks in the top 3% of universities worldwide. The University contains four academic groups: Arts, Education and Law, Griffith Business School, Griffith Health, and Griffith Sciences.

The University is a global leader in hospitality, leisure, sports and tourism. In the 2017 QS World University Subject Rankings the Hospitality and Leisure Management subjects were ranked No. 1 in Australia and No. 9 globally, and our Politics and International Studies and Sports-related subjects ranked in the Top 100 worldwide. Tourism is one of 12 Areas of Strategic Investment across the University.

To further build its capacity for world leading tourism research, in 2014, Griffith University established the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT). GIFT’s mission is to undertake and disseminate world-leading research in tourism to affect an academic and external impact ( The Institute seeks to develop and foster international collaborations and provide support to members to achieve research excellence and research with high industry and policy relevance. GIFT is the largest research institute for tourism in Australia:  it has two five full-time researchers-and-25 academic members from tourism and a variety of other tourism-related disciplines, such as technology, environmental sciences and aviation. There are also 41  researchers contributing to the research capacity at the Institute.  GIFT researchers work with internal partners across the University, including the Climate Change Response Programme, Cities Research Institute, Tourism Confucius Institute, , Griffith Big Data Lab and the Griffith Film School. In addition, GIFT maintains close partnership with industry partners and Government, both in Australia and internationally. Griffith University is an Official Partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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