Facilitating debate on tourism economics

The tourism economics program is at the forefront of, and recognised for its expertise in economic analysis, policy and data management. Our team of leading researchers have a wealth of experience in government, industry and academia, with a strong focus on economic theory and analysis. We focus on independence, credibility and accuracy, with an aim to contribute to the tourism economics debate both nationally and internationally.

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The Queensland Government and the Office of the Commonwealth Games (OCG) have commissioned Griffith University to assess the economic and employment legacy benefits of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). The project utilises a Tourism Computable General Equilibrium (CGE).

GC2018 is a major sporting and cultural event for the city, and will attract a large number of visitors from across the globe. The tourism effect is expected to contribute significantly to the overall economic success of the Games.

Lead researcher: Dr Tien Pham


  • Economic, social and environmental impact assessments
  • Computable general equilibrium modelling
  • Econometric and structural equation modelling
  • Evolutionary economics
  • Tourism satellite accounts
  • Big data and analytical interpretation
  • Data base management and data mining
  • Tourism forecasting, demand modelling and visitor flows modelling
  • Tourism policy analysis and strategic policy, planning and management
  • Tourism resource economics
  • Tourism productivity, cost-benefit and labour market

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