Tourism

Our Tourism researchers have established international reputations in several areas, including tourism policy and planning and visitor research.

Our Research

Sustainable Tourism

Carbon offsetting behaviour

We are identifying air travellers carbon offsetting preferences and behaviour, and how this changes over time. We are also identifying motivational drivers that can be used to better communicate to consumers and encourage carbon offsetting. This research will help the aviation industry and carbon offset companies to increase consumer adoption levels, and ultimately help to reduce emissions.

Events and society

We are identifying and measuring ways to ensure that events have positive outcomes for the communities and societies that host them, including increased levels of social capital and social cohesion. Encouraging more socially-focused behaviour by event organisers will improve the liveability of communities that host events.

Sustainable event behaviour

We are exploring sustainable behaviour related to events, including greening of event operations, and using events to promote sustainable behaviour among attendees. Identifying the facilitators and overcoming the barriers to encouraging sustainable behaviour at events will create change by making the events industry more environmentally sustainable.

Sustainable tourist behaviour

In experimental studies we are testing the effectiveness of infrastructural changes and communication messages on tourists' behaviour with environmental implications, such as water use in hotel rooms in litres and electricity use in kWh. Using successful approaches will create significant change by making the tourism industry more environmentally sustainable.

The restorative benefits of vacations and short breaks

Using a range of physiological, cognitive and self-report measures, we are investigating the restorative effects of short breaks, vacations and corporate retreats. The findings will contribute to both individual well-being and the sustainability of the tourism industry

Tourism Marketing

Hybrid tourist behaviour

We are world-leading in the improvement of market segmentation methodology which is fundamental to understanding tourist behaviour. Recently we identified the existence of a large segment of hybrid tourists who display extreme variability in vacation patterns and are less predictable than traditional segments, thus challenging the future of tourist market segmentation.

The impact of crises on tourist behaviour

Using innovative methodological techniques such as eye-tracking and psycho- physiological measurement tools we are seeking to understand the impact that crises such as terrorism and natural disasters have on tourist behaviour. Our research will assist destinations that are subject to both ongoing and one-off events to recover their brand image and encourage visitation.

Tourism risk man​agement

These studies help to understand how tourism organisations and tourists perceive and behave toward risks such as crises, natural disasters and safety issues. They also try to understand the psychological factors that influence risk perceptions and behaviour. This assists tourism businesses and destinations to better prepare and manage risks, and also helps government and industry to develop more effective communications to improve tourist safety.

What makes travel meaningful?

For many people, vacations and travel contribute to quality of life, and provide a source of life satisfaction. In this research we are exploring the processes through which people make meaning of their vacation experiences. The findings will help policy-makers and marketers understand tourism’s contribution to individual well-being.

Tourism and Information Technologies

Technology adoption an​d use

Quantitativ​e and qualitative research addressing barriers, facilitators and patterns of technology adoption both at the individual and organizational levels complemented by studies on use behaviours allows us to understand and anticipate impacts of existing and emerging technologies on tourism experiences and the tourism industry.

Visitor Studies

The Anzac story and national identity

This research explores the role of the Anzac story, interpreted at museums and heritage sites, in helping new and established Australians to develop their sense of national identity. It will enable sites to provide powerful and effective experiences, encouraging visitors to reflect on what it means to be Australian in a multicultural society.

ANZAC Museum and Heritage Experiences

This study aimed to identify the aspects of interpretive experiences at museums and heritage sites that facilitate identity-building and best meet the needs of visitors in today’s multicultural society. The research was conducted at the Australian War Memorial (Canberra) and ANZAC commemorative site (Gallipoli).

Zoo and aquarium visitor behaviour

We are testing the effectiveness of various interventions designed to improve the impact of a zoo or aquarium visit on the adoption of conservation behaviour.  As over 700 million people visit zoos and aquariums each year, small improvements can have a large effect on the well-being of the planet.

Translating​ Zoo Visitors' Behaviour

This project extends and improves the effectiveness of zoo conservation education initiatives by developing post-visit web-based learning experiences.  It also aimed to enable zoos to play a greater role in developing an environmentally literate society, motivate collective action for wildlife conservation and measure achievement of mission objectives.

Interpretive Signage Homepage

This website, designed in 2006, provides staff of tourist attractions with the knowledge and skills to develop, evaluate and improve their interpretive facilities. While each section is designed to stand alone, we recommend that you work through them in the order they are presented. The text is supported by exercises that reinforce the concepts discussed - we suggest you take time to complete these as they will clarify the content and help you develop skills in sign design and evaluation.

Tourism Workforce Development

Tourism workers and employers

With both conceptual and empirical studies we investigate the tourism worker, including organisational practices, occupational issues and demographic factors.  We highlight the importance, yet neglect, of tourism workforce research and seek theoretical and applied solutions affecting change to trenchant employment issues.

Foodie tourism behaviour

Food tourism is a rapidly growing and studied phenomena yet the travel behaviours of foodies is little understood. By developing customised authenticity and involvement scales and finely tuned segmentation instruments, our work will inform changes in the way destinations develop, package and market their food assets.

 

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Engagement

Engage with UQ Business School

UQ Business School is the only university in Australia to be certified by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The UNWTO promotes responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

 

Find out more about engaging in research with UQ Business School 

 

Our Programs

Undergraduate Postgraduate

Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management

As one of the top leading tourism programs in the world, this degree will enhance your skills both in and out of the classroom with hands-on experience with industry leaders that will prepare you for a world of opportunity.

Honours Program 

Be a leader in the tourism industry with an honours degree that will allow you to develop high-level skills in a challenging environment, enabling you to launch your career into the world of tourism.

Work Integrated Learning 

The Tourism discipline offers students access to comprehensive learning opportunities that stretch beyond the classroom. Opportunities include individual placements with tourism, hospitality and events organisations, executive shadowing positions, and domestic and international study tours. 

Master of Tourism, Hotel and Event Management

Gain the skills and experience necessary to thrive in the world of tourism with a program that offers a balance of theory and practical skills to help you advance your career.

Master of Tourism Leadership

Strengthen your ability to be a strong leader through a globally recognised program that will equip you with the skills to manage people, products, and resources to effectively manage any business situation.

Higher Degree by Research

Are you looking to pursue a career in academia or in specialist consultancy? Push forward the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field and work alongside the world's best researchers.

Academic Experts

Aaron Tkaczynski

Aaron Tkaczynski

Senior Lecturer

+61 (7) 3346 7093

a.tkaczynski@uq.edu.au

Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes

Casual Research Assistant | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

Andy Lee

Andy Lee

Lecturer

+61 (7) 3346 0757

a.lee@business.uq.edu.au

Annabel Sullivan

Annabel Sullivan

Casual Lecturer (2017 Semester 1 & 2) | Tutor (2017 Semester 1 & 2)

Antje Martins

Antje Martins

Casual Research Assistant | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

Beile Zhang

Beile Zhang

HDR Student - PhD |Tutor 2017 (Semester 2) | Casual Research Assistant

Brent Ritchie

Brent Ritchie

Professor

+61 (7) 3346 7308

b.ritchie@uq.edu.au

Chelsea Gill

Chelsea Gill

Casual Research Assistant | PhD Candidate | Casual Lecturer (2017 Semester 1) | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

07 3364 6259

c.gill@uq.edu.au

Cristina Bittar Rodrigues

Cristina Bittar Rodrigues

Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

Danielle Mares

Danielle Mares

Casual RA (A. Tkaczynski)

David Solnet

David Solnet

Associate Professor | Tourism Discipline Leader

+61 (7) 3346 6245

d.solnet@business.uq.edu.au

Francisco Coelho

Francisco Coelho

Research Assistant

Gabby Walters

Gabby Walters

Senior Lecturer | Honours Program Leader

+61 (7) 3346 0593

g.walters@uq.edu.au

Hannah Lovegrove

Hannah Lovegrove

Casual Research Assistant

Isabella Ye

Isabella Ye

Casual Research Assistant | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

+61 7 3346 8100

q.ye@business.uq.edu.au

Jan Packer

Jan Packer

Associate Professor/Reader | Principal Research Fellow, Tourism

+61 (7) 3346 7789

j.packer@uq.edu.au

Jie Wang

Jie Wang

Lecturer

+61(7) 3346 0758

j.wang@business.uq.edu.au

Jonathan Staggs

Jonathan Staggs

Casual Research Assistant

Joshua Gross

Joshua Gross

Casual RA (P. Benckendorff)

Judith Mair

Judith Mair

Senior Lecturer

+61 7 3346 7947

j.mair@business.uq.edu.au

Karen Hofman

Karen Hofman

Casual Research Assistant | Casual Lecturer | Tutor 2017

Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes

Senior Lecturer, Director BIHTM Program

+61 (7) 3346 0564

k.hughes2@uq.edu.au

Kelly Hindom

Kelly Hindom

Casual RA

Kelly Phelan

Kelly Phelan

Senior Lecturer in Tourism

Kirstin Hallmann

Kirstin Hallmann

Jim Whyte Fellow

+61 7 3346 8100

k.hallmann@uq.edu.au

Lara Klestov

Lara Klestov

Casual Research Assistant | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

Laura Foley

Laura Foley

Casual RA

Lee Slaughter

Lee Slaughter

Lecturer

+61 (7) 3346 6246

ljslaughter@uq.edu.au

Leonie Bowles

Leonie Bowles

Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

Lintje Siehoyono Sie

Lintje Siehoyono Sie

Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2) | Casual Research Assistant | Postdoctoral Research Fellow

+61 7 3346 8100

l.sie@business.uq.edu.au

Lisa Ruhanen

Lisa Ruhanen

Associate Professor | Leader, Tourism Postgraduate Coursework Programs

+61 (7) 3346 7095

l.ruhanen@uq.edu.au

Maria Golubovskaya

Maria Golubovskaya

Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2) | PhD Student | Casual RA

Marisol Alonso Vazquez

Marisol Alonso Vazquez

Research Assistant | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

Monica Chien

Monica Chien

Lecturer

+61 (7) 3365 6720

m.chien@business.uq.edu.au

Mucha Mkono

Mucha Mkono

ARC DECRA Fellow

+61 7 336 56580

m.mkono@uq.edu.au

Nazila Babakhani

Nazila Babakhani

Research Assistant | HDR Student

Nicole Cocolas

Nicole Cocolas

Casual Research Assistant

Niki Macionis

Niki Macionis

Senior Lecturer

Noreen Breakey

Noreen Breakey

Lecturer

+61 (7) 3346 7092

n.breakey@business.uq.edu.au

Pierre Benckendorff

Pierre Benckendorff

Associate Professor

+61 (7) 3346 7089

p.benckendorff@uq.edu.au

Rahil Shams

Rahil Shams

Research Assistant | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)

Raymond Rastegar

Raymond Rastegar

HDR Student - PhD | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1 & 2)| Casual Research Assistant

Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson

Senior Lecturer

+61 (7) 3346 7091

richard.robinson@uq.edu.au

Rosie Adsett

Rosie Adsett

Casual Lecturer (2017 Semester 1 & 2) | Tutor 2017 (Semester 1)

+61 (7) 3346 0760

r.adsett@uq.edu.au

Roy Ballantyne

Roy Ballantyne

Professor

+61 (7) 3346 9261

r.ballantyne@uq.edu.au

Russell Manfield

Russell Manfield

Sessional Lecturer (2017)

Sally Driml

Sally Driml

Lecturer in Tourism Management

+61 (7) 3346 0755

s.driml@uq.edu.au

Samuel Hislop-Lynch

Samuel Hislop-Lynch

Casual RA (Andy Lee)

+61 7 3346 8100

s.hisloplynch@uq.edu.au

Sara Dolnicar

Sara Dolnicar

Professor

+61 (7) 3365 6702

s.dolnicar@uq.edu.au

Shane Pegg

Shane Pegg

Senior Lecturer

+61 (7) 3346 0756

s.pegg@uq.edu.au

Sheranne Fairley

Sheranne Fairley

Senior Lecturer

+61 (7) 3346 0761

s.fairley1@uq.edu.au

Sherren Gross

Sherren Gross

Casual RA

Stacia Wilson

Stacia Wilson

Casual RA

Stone Li

Stone Li

Tutor (2017 Semester 1 & 2) | Casual Research Assistant

Taneeka Perry

Taneeka Perry

Research Assistant (Tourism)

Thuy Hanh Nguyen Nguyen

Thuy Hanh Nguyen Nguyen

Research Assistant

Tingting Li

Tingting Li

Casual Research Assistant

+61 7 3346 8100

t.li@business.uq.edu.au

Vitor Sobral

Vitor Sobral

Sessional Lecturer

Yawei Jiang

Yawei Jiang

HDR Student - PhD | Tutor | Casual RA

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