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.


Prof Susanne Becken will work with partners from the University of Waterloo and PerfectLink (Thailand) to deliver a project on 'Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into the Tourism Sector' in Thailand.  The project is funded by the German GIZ and will be implemented in close cooperation with the Thai government and key tourism stakeholders.

Thailand is in the top 10 most vulnerable countries of the Global Risk Index.  At the same time, its tourism industry is growing rapidly, now reaching well over 30 million arrivals.  Understanding future climate changes and protecting the industry and communities from adverse impacts is a Government priority and this project will assist in advancing policies and programs for a more future proof tourism sector.

Risk Assessment Report

GIZ Policy Report

A Cross-Cultural Investigation

Developed with the Griffith Institute of Tourism, this report explores whether and how socio-cultural characteristics might shape the perception of under-water Reef beauty and thus advances our understanding in this area.

Published by the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre on behalf of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Tropical Water Quality (TWQ) Hub.

A Guide To Sustainable Tourism in Developing Countries

Griffith Institute for Tourism has developed a sustainable tourism training workshop for the Australia Awards Indonesia Program funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). As part of the program, researchers from Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast work closely with course participants to develop sustainable tourism initiatives. The program has a project-focused approach that delivers successful outcomes through the implementation of new tourism operations and experiences into local communities in developing countries.

Visit the Sustainable Tourism in Developing Countries guide to learn more about the program and read examples of participants achievements.

Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events in Queensland

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) has released the Industry Framework for COVID Safe Events in Queensland.

QTIC engaged Griffith University to develop a framework and strategies for the safe return to events in Queensland in the context of COVID-19.

Dr Jamie Ranse from Griffith Institute for Tourism provided his professional expertise in mass gatherings to lead the development of the framework.


Griffith Institute for Tourism assisted with the preparation of the data for the 2018-2019 State Tourism Satellite Account.

The State Tourism Satellite Accounts show the importance of tourism to the economy for each of Australia’s states and territories, presenting key data on consumption, employment and economic activity during 2018–19. They provide an accurate reflection of the tourism industry during a more typical economic environment, before COVID-19 and Australia’s 2019–20 summer bushfires.


On the 8th September, 2019, a bushfire destroyed most of the heritage listed buildings at the lodge.

This case study was prepared by Griffith Institute for Tourism based on interviews with key stakeholders in November 2019. The case study aims to document the event to share with tourism and other businesses to inform their disaster preparedness and planning in responding to similar events.

Queensland Tourism Digital Workforce Development and Training Plan

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) partnered with researchers from the Griffith Institute for Tourism to develop the first Queensland Tourism Digital Workforce Development and Training Plan.

Lady Elliot Island Eco-resort’s transition to renewable energy

This report presents an industry case study of the Lady Elliot Island eco-resort’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy. The transition started in 2007 and has proceeded over a period of over a decade during which the main drivers of energy demand and supply have changed significantly.

This report focuses on the story of how the eco-resort team overcame barriers to change, the problems encountered in operating renewable energy infrastructure in a remote and harsh environment, and the ways in which the eco-resort has improved its power and energy management practices to assist the transition.

Airline Initiatives to Reduce Climate Impact

Airlines are facing mounting pressure from governments, the public and media to reduce their fast-growing CO2 emissions. Scientists have calculated that the ‘carbon budget’ that remains to stay safely within 1.5 degrees Celsius warming will be depleted in 8 years and 2 months (from November 2019), assuming current levels of emissions. Whilst airlines currently only represent 2-4% of emissions, their share will increase to well over 20% in 2050 should aviation continue on its current growth path.

Monitoring Aesthetic Values of the Great Barrier Reef Using Innovative Technologies

Visitor Visas for Asian Visitors

Gender Representation of Speakers at UNWTO events

Queensland Tourism Climate Change Response Plan

Managing Growth and Sustainable Tourism Governance in Asia and the Pacific

Carbon Reporting in Travel and Tourism

Public-Private Partnerships in Tourism

Resilient Tourism in New Zealand

Climate Change Policy Development in the Maldives

Water Efficiency in the Asia Pacific Hotel Industry

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.

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