World leading tourism research and solutions

Griffith University is Australia’s leading tourism university and is ranked No.1 in Australia and No.3 in the world in the most recent Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. It is one of only two universities in Australia to receive an ERA 5, indicating tourism research at Griffith University is well above world standards.

Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) is Australia’s largest tourism research institute. We use the the latest technology and research methods to understand visitor behaviour and the visitor economy. Our focus is on tourism and tourism-related disciplines such as economics, technology, architecture, planning and environmental studies. Our research capabilities include economics and visitor statistics, experience design and innovation, sustainability and climate change and events.

Mission

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Vision

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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board aims to meet three times a year to support the Director, staff and researchers in achieving the goals of the University and the mission of the Griffith Institute for Tourism. The Board provides strategic advice to the Institute regarding; research profile, activities and strategic direction. Ways to forge partnerships in the tourism sector and improve its links with industry and government. Achieving objectives of becoming a leading international institute of tourism research. Fundraising to support research activities.

CURRANT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

  • Daniel Gschwind, CEO, Queensland Tourism Industry Council
  • Phillipa Harrison, Managing Director, Tourism Australia
  • Professor Leo Jago, Professor of Events, Griffith University
  • Emma McDonald, Senior Investment Specialist Tourism Infrastructure Austrade
  • Stewart Moore, CEO / Director, EC3 Global
  • Don Morris AO, Chairman, Tourism Think Tank
  • Christopher Warren, Proprietor, Crystal Creek Meadows Luxury Cottages and Spa Retreat
  • Professor David Grant (ex officio), Pro Vice Chancellor (Business), Griffith University

Partnerships

Working with organisations at the state and federal level, as well as building partnerships with businesses and not-for-profit organisations are of great importance to the research undertaken at Griffith Institute For Tourism. Engagement ranges from joint research projects, to outreach activities and media events, and research targeted at specific tourism regions in Australia.

External academic partners

  • Beijing International Studies University, CN
  • Beijing Union University and the editorial team of Tourism Tribune, CN
  • China Tourism Academy, CN
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, CN
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK
  • Hunan Normal University, CN
  • Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, SL
  • Jiao tong University, CN
  • Lincoln University, NZ
  • Qatar University, QT
  • Queensland University of Technology, AU
  • Shanghai Normal University, CN
  • University of Hawai’i, US
  • University of Queensland, AU
  • University of Southern Denmark, DM
  • University of Surrey, UK
  • University of Waterloo, CA

International organisations

  • Global Trade Policy Analysis Project network
  • Pacific Asia Travel Association
  • United Nations World Tourism Organisation
  • World Travel and Tourism Council

Industry

  • Air New Zealand
  • Amadeus IT Group
  • Chrystal Creek Meadows
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Sydney
  • EarthCheck
  • Murweh Shire Council
  • Get Wet Surf, Gold Coast
  • Gold Coast Tourism
  • Queensland Airports Ltd
  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council
  • Riverlife
  • Star Entertainment Group
  • Study Gold Coast
  • Sustainable Destination Partnership
  • Surfers Paradise Alliance
  • Tourism Australia
  • Tourism Events Queensland
  • Tourism Research Australia
  • Yugambeh Museum

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