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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Using a wide range of well tested as well as cutting edge methodologies, we model key aspects of the economy to increase our understanding of tourism as an increasingly important economic activity. Tapping into expertise in Computable general equilibrium modelling, Tourism satellite accounts, econometric and structural equation modelling, and evolutionary economics we are able to address the key issues that matter to tourism stakeholders.

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Sound policy depends on robust advice and authorities analysis of evidence. Researchers at GIFT usea wide range of tools and methods to deliver tourism policy analysis, strategic advice, tourism planning and management input, tourism forecasting and demand modelling and analysis of productivity and the labour market, including the role of new technologies and digital disruption.

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Data generate knowledge. At GIFT we are using a wide range of data sources and analytics to extract new insights from data mining and integration, including using Big Data approaches.

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Our researchers offer expertise in Economics & Visitor Statistics

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