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Tourism Waitaki appointment


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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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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New international text book studies Dunedin and Queenstown events

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:13am

Working at a bank in South Dunedin was the inspiration for a University of Otago lecturer to co-write and co-edit what’s thought to be a first-of-its-kind international text book.

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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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Tourism lecturer appointed to new Central Otago advisory board

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 3:29pm

Otago Tourism lecturer Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie has been appointed to the inaugural Tourism Central Otago Advisory Board.

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Tourism lecturer appointed to new Central Otago advisory board

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:55am

Otago Tourism lecturer Doctor Susan Houge Mackenzie has been appointed to the inaugural Tourism Central Otago Advisory Board.

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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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2022 World Leisure Congress coming to Otago

Monday, 10 September 2018 1:28pm

The Department of Tourism and Otago Business School are delighted to be announcing their winning bid for the 2022 World Leisure Congress.

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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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Tourism shines in international rankings

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 10:56am

The University’s Department of Tourism has come out shining as an international leader in its field in recent rankings.

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Otago Business School celebrates international success

Monday, 15 May 2017 7:15pm

The Otago Business School is boasting some significant successes – with international rankings placing it firmly among the world’s best. And it seems that passionate and dedicated staff are behind this success as the Otago Bulletin Board discovered.

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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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Books and journals sought for African university

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 11:16am

A PhD student who will graduate from Otago this month is collecting books and journals to be donated to his university back home in Malawi, Africa.

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Research path altered by dog called Snuffie

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:39am

Fifteen years ago Associate Professor Neil Carr’s personal and academic life was altered forever when he purchased a black and white dog called Snuffie.

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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.