Using research excellence to address current issues facing the tourism industry
A range of groups and organisations harness GIFT’s expertise, making use of user-friendly research reports on specific issues facing the tourism industry, linking the Institute to the world.
Monitoring aesthetic value of the Great Barrier Reef using innovative technologies
The underwater beauty of the GBR under threat due to reduction in coral cover and reduced water clarity. This project focused on underwater aesthetic value, because it is changing most rapidly and is at acute risk from deterioration of water quality, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and biodiversity loss.
Visitor Visas for Asian Markets
Australia competes in a highly competitive industry for visitors from a number of Asian markets. A key consideration in Australia’s overall competitiveness is the cost of visa fees and supplementary charges, along with visa processing times. This research compares visa charges and processing times in a select number of Asian markets,.
Water Efficiency in the Asia Pacific hotel industry
A GIFT team worked with EC3 Global and Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, to provide state-of-the-art information on tourism and water to the hotel industry in Asia Pacific. The first White Paper on Tourism and Water (2013) provided a global context on water stress, availability and stewardship, and discussed the implications for the tourism industry along the three dimensions of cost, availability and quality.
The second White Paper on Tourism and Water provides solutions and discusses emerging issues, such as the water energy nexus.
Engaging our students with industry
Building links between students and the tourism industry is critically important because students learn about the 'practice of tourism', and they can develop their skills in a real world context. Businesses enjoy sharing their success stories and having an opportunity to reflect on the importance of their innovations. This report highlights innovative case studies in tourism businesses in Queensland. These case studies were researched and prepared by students studying an undergraduate business degree at Griffith University and edited by the Course Convenor, Dr Sarah Gardiner.
- Tourism Small Business - Case studies from Queensland, Australia (edited by Dr Sarah Gardiner) (PDF 1,121 KB)