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About the conference hosts

The conference hosts are:

Department of Tourism/ Te Tari Tapoi, University of Otago/ Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo

The University of Otago provides a research-led learning environment that is second to none with a richly deserved reputation for excellence.

University of Otago caters to over 20,000 students from around New Zealand and more than 100 nations around the world. We work in close partnership with Ngāi Tahu, the Māori people of the South Island, and we enjoy strong links with other iwi/tribes.

Otago's Department of Tourism is renowned for high quality, theoretically-informed work and was awarded World Leisure Organisation Centre of Excellence status in 2017.

This department was established in 1989 and is one of the most innovative providers of tourism education and research in New Zealand and the world. We are home to an array of leading, internationally recognised researchers and have an extensive and highly active Masters of Tourism and PhD programme with students from around the globe.

The Department of Tourism staff hold a wide range of research interests and expertise. We have a Managing Editor of Annals of Leisure Research and a World Leisure Organisation Board of Directors member within the Department.

Our academic staff members are on multiple editorial boards of major journals in our field and regularly serve as journal and conference paper reviewers and guest editors.

University of Otago Department of Tourism website

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Society, Lincoln University

Lincoln University is New Zealand's specialist land-based university. Lincoln University boasts the highest graduate employment rate in New Zealand and is ranked 12th in the world for small universities.

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Society houses the longest running tourism and recreation programmes in New Zealand and is highly ranked internationally in the areas of hospitality and leisure, and sport science.

The Department is defined by its interdisciplinary nature, housing staff from approximately eight different disciplines, whose specialty research and teaching spans across social science, parks, recreation, tourism and sport. We hold strong connections with many industry and sector partners, including the Department of Conservation, Tourism Industry Aotearoa and the New Zealand Recreation Association.

Academic staff in the Department have strong international reputations, with their work being recognised by prestigious groups such as the United Nations, the International Tourism Academy and the World Anti-Doping Association.

Lincoln University offer programmes right through from Diplomas to PhDs in tourism, sport, environment and society, parks and outdoor recreation and event management.

Lincoln University Department of Tourism, Sport and Society

Queenstown Resort College (QRC)

QRC is New Zealand's premier Tourism and Hospitality Management College. Whether students aspire to a career in adventure tourism or wish to enter the world of hospitality, QRC will prepare them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully pursue their management career.

Through a blended delivery of theory, practical and professional learning, QRC encourages students to:

  • Think it. Current and specialist theory delivered by industry and academic experts.
  • Do it. Practical learning and structured internships built around individual goals and aspirations.
  • Be it. Professional application preparing for a career in Hospitality or Adventure Tourism Management

A focus on professionalism, continuous improvement, and positive outcomes underpins the culture. QRC has a reputation for producing industry-specific management graduates who are the employees of first choice.

Additionally, QRC has been classified as a Category 1 Provider by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and was recognised as the Private Tertiary Provider of the Year in 2014 (ITENZ).

Queenstown Resort College website

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