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International students affected by COVID-19 restrictions return

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 11:48am

While New Zealand’s borders are still closed the government has accepted the return of a few current international students whose studies have been affected by border restrictions. This has allowed for a few Otago students from China to return to their studies in-person after completing 14 days in MIQ.

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A sustainable future: Rebuilding Aotearoa

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 12:36pm

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreement set 17 global goals to achieve peace and prosperity. We present snapshots of the range of work on sustainability undertaken by the Otago Business School staff.

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Reshaping tourism for a post COVID-19 world

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 11:20am

If we want tourism to continue in a post COVID-19 world it has to change to a net benefit model, according to Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Queensland’s Griffith University and Principal Science Investment Adviser at Department of Conservation, Susanne Becken.

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Emissions the biggest threat to international travel – Upton

Friday, 19 March 2021 11:47am

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton says that the greatest challenge facing New Zealand tourism is the greenhouse gases from international flights.

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Priorities post-COVID-19 outlined at Tourism Policy School

Friday, 19 March 2021 11:39am

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says planning is underway for a new-look tourism sector post the COVID-19 vaccination programme and when international borders re-open.

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Marketing students help COVID-hit businesses

Thursday, 5 November 2020 2:14pm

Otago marketing students have worked with local businesses hit by a dearth of international visitors.

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New model proposed to reduce carbon footprint

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 4:30pm

Prior to the global pandemic, climate researchers identified an uncomfortable truth: the very meetings and events meant to support the fight against climate change were themselves causing vast greenhouse gas emissions through international air travel.

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Rebuilding Aotearoa New Zealand

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 4:04pm

New Zealand is emerging from the storm that is COVID-19. A common analogy heard during lockdown was that “we were all in the same boat”. Were we?

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Second Tourism Policy School to be held next month

Monday, 2 March 2020 10:50am

Industry leaders and world experts on one of the biggest challenges facing the tourism industry will gather in Queenstown this month for the second annual Otago Tourism Policy School.

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Finding flow in adventure recreation

Monday, 2 December 2019 10:55am

New Zealand is widely regarded as one big adventure playground, and a new study by the University of Otago has shed new light on the importance of engaging with the adventure recreation opportunities.

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Otago researchers recipients of inaugural $3m Marsden Fund Award

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 9:42am

University of Otago researchers are the recipients of an inaugural Marsden Fund Council Award worth $3 million to investigate genetic predisposition to metabolic diseases like diabetes and gout among Pacific people.

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Results of self-driving tourist report of ‘great concern’

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 2:52pm

There is a “serious gap” in the knowledge of New Zealand’s road rules among self-driving international visitors to New Zealand, a report produced by the University of Otago concludes.

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Pressing issues focus of inaugural Tourism Policy School

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 3:30pm

The impact, value and sustainability of tourism is the focus of the inaugural tourism policy school, in Queenstown, next month.

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University of Otago announces academic promotions

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 2:45pm

Seventeen University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Tourism students’ studies benefit charities

Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:04pm

A group of Otago Business School tourism students have raised more than $7000 for local charities by taking their studies out of the lecture theatre and into the community.

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Research reveals pressures facing tour guides

Friday, 20 April 2018 10:08am

The rapid growth of adventure tourism has created opportunities in New Zealand, but the wellbeing of tourist guides is often overlooked.

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New Zealand dentists pick up the pieces when ‘dental tourism’ goes bad

Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:40am

New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to provide remedial treatment where things have gone wrong for “dental tourists” who travel abroad for dental work.

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University joins prestigious global tourism network

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 2:57pm

Research and learning in tourism stands to significantly benefit from the University of Otago being given access to a prestigious global network, the World Leisure Organization (WLO).

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Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 1:25pm

It is time for big ideas and re-thinking the field of tourism as the world enters the current era of autonomous vehicles, disestablishment of the political system, the sharing economy, the impact of visitor congestion at UNESCO places, and changes at destinations because of climate change.

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Otago academics made full professor

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 2:25pm

Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.

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“Myths” behind tech solutions to aviation’s climate change crisis explored

Monday, 7 March 2016 1:30pm

Climate-damaging emissions from aviation will continue to rise despite the best efforts of the airline industry to make air travel sustainable, a new study co-authored by a University of Otago researcher suggests.

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Dunedin, Diving and Dina

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:00am

Traveling was what attracted Nurdina Prasetyo, also known as Dina, to enrol at Bandung Institute of Tourism (Indonesia), and major in Tourism Management.  Little did she know then that later she'd travel half way around the world to enrol at the Otago Business School to complete a PhD in Tourism.  Her thesis explores best practice approaches in integrating indigenous knowledge and practices into a sustainable marine ecotourism development, with a focus on the case study of scuba diving tourism in Misool, Raja Ampat.

Visit the Student Globe website for Dina's full story and Q & A about life at Otago and studying towards completing her PhD.

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Tourism Waitaki appointment

Wednesday, 3 September 2014 10:04am

A new marketing manager has been appointed for Tourism Waitaki. Otago Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism graduate, Ian Elliott replaces Megan Howell, who left earlier this year to rejoin family in the North Island.

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Whale-watching book questions industry sustainability worldwide

Friday, 28 March 2014 3:25pm

Whale and dolphin-watching may not be the low-impact, sustainable industries many believe them to be, according to a new evidence-based book containing contributions from some 50 international experts.

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Combining passion and research

Friday, 7 March 2014 11:56am

Nurdina Prasetyo is studying scuba-diving tourism in Indonesia, while at the University of Otago.

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Otago’s stand-out postgraduate supervisors rewarded

Monday, 29 August 2011 8:23am

Outstanding postgraduate supervisors were recognised on Friday evening at an event run jointly by the University of Otago and the Otago University Students’ Association.

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Three Minute Thesis competition combines enlightenment with entertainment

Friday, 26 August 2011 11:40am

Ever wondered how neurons evolved, why people have always had an urge to travel to Antarctica or whether gastric bypass can help cure diabetes?

These are just three of the questions being asked by University of Otago doctoral students from among the nine thesis projects being presented in just three minutes at the University’s Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday 31 August.