Research in hospitality, tourism and events

Our research informs the global academic community, but it is also focused on developing practical research outcomes: it aims to improve the hospitality and tourism industry.

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New Zealand Tourism Research Institute

A global leader in tourism research, the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute delivers innovative solutions for the tourism industry.

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AUT climbs up the global rankings
02 Sep, 2021
AUT continues to climb up the global university rankings joining the University of Otago in second place in NZ and the top 250 universities in the world.
Chairs and tables laid out for fine dining in a The Clink restaurant.
Public fine dining in prisons is popular
29 Jul, 2021
Opening prison restaurants in New Zealand has the potential to cut reoffending – while being a great experience for diners.
New AUT Professors
New Professors and Associate Professors
30 Nov, 2020
Nine academics have been appointed to the position of Professor, effective from 1 January 2021. 19 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
62% increase in AUT researchers
62% increase in AUT researchers
30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
Professor Michael Luck
Five questions: Professor Michael Lück
25 Mar, 2019
We asked Professor Michael Lück five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.

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