World-leading tourism research
GIFT is consistently ranked amongst the top three institutions globally for tourism research as we seek to drive innovation in the tourism sector. Sustainable tourism requires recognition of economic, social and environmental dimensions. Research through GIFT incorporates the triple bottom line concept:
- Business, Destination and Organisational Viability (Economy)
- Health, Quality Experience and Wellbeing (Individuals)
- Environmental Resilience and Nature Conservation (Environment).
GIFT offers specialised consultancy to all levels of the tourism industry. Our extensive skills and understandings are founded in practically focused research from management and utilisation of big data to future planning of sustainable practice in the light of climate change.
Extensive networking within the industry and with regulators and policy makers ensures that GIFT’s research and advice are timely and relevant in the rapidly evolving tourism sector, giving due weight to the economic, social and environmental impacts, both positive and negative, that successful and sustainable projects must take into account.
Research in focus
Advance Queensland award to benefit outback tourism
Dr Brent Moyle was recently awarded an Advance Queensland Fellowship for the project Stimulating Regional Tourism through Virtual Reconstruction of Queensland's WWII Heritage. The project will develop, monitor and evaluate three immersive digital cultural heritage tourism experience prototypes in the Murweh Shire.
Monitoring aesthetic value of the Great Barrier Reef
A new project funded through the National Environmental Science Program’s Tropical Water Quality Hub addresses the urgent need to understand and monitor the aesthetic value of the Great Barrier Reef.
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
The United Nations (UN) has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Our research contributes to all key areas, identified as important to enhancing tourism's contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.