15 Jun 2009
Professor Mark Orams joins AUT as Associate Director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute (NZTRI) and will also be a member of staff in the School of Hospitality and Tourism.
In addition to his background as a professional yachtsman, and his work with the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Professor Orams brings with him experience as a respected researcher in marine science; coastal and marine tourism; sport management; and sustainable development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental planning; a Master of Science; and a PhD from The University of Queensland focusing on marine science. He has published three books and over 30 scientific papers.
Professor Orams says he has been following the growth and success of NZTRI over the last 10 years, and is excited to be joining the team which includes Director, Professor Simon Milne, and fellow coastal and marine tourism specialist Associate Professor Michael Luck.
“Within New Zealand, NZTRI is the preeminent tourism research organisation. It is already reaching out beyond New Zealand’s borders into the South Pacific and making a real contribution. I always like to be a part of organisations that really stretch their boundaries and push ahead. Both AUT and NZTRI are like that,” he says.
Professor Orams comes to AUT from Massey University where he held a management role in the Deputy Vice Chancellor’s office. His role at AUT will see him return to lecturing, as well as taking part in research for NZTRI, and providing a mentoring role for post-graduate students.
Alongside Professor Orams, NZTRI has specialists in coastal and marine tourism; tourism and community development; event tourism; indigenous tourism; Pacific Islands tourism; tourism marketing; cultural heritage tourism; and tourism and technology.
NZTRI Director, Professor Simon Milne, says the appointment of Professor Orams is very significant for NZTRI.
“The Institute is committed to improving the sustainability of the tourism industry and Mark will strengthen our capabilities in this vital area. Mark’s experience as a professional yachtsman and his time with the Sir Peter Blake Trust also means that he brings valuable leadership skills and industry networks to the NZTRI team.”
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