The New Zealand Tourism Institute
was established 15 years ago

We are based at AUT University


The New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, based at the Auckland University of Technology, brings together experts in the tourism and hospitality arena. Our goal is to develop timely and innovative research solutions for the tourism industry and those who depend on it. Our focus is on helping to develop a profitable and sustainable industry which provides tangible benefits for business, residents and visitors.

Our Team


Professor Simon Milne brings a global perspective to the institute, having conducted tourism research in New Zealand, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, the South Pacific, Kenya, the Philippines, Vietnam and Russia. His recent work with NZTRI has focused on better understanding the links between information technology, tourism and local economic development. He has considerable international experience in local and regional economic impact assessment, tourism strategy development, and small and medium enterprise performance and industry sector analysis.


The NZTRI team consists of a number of Research Officers, technology experts, and project managers, that can assist in the development and completion of projects from their inception to their delivery.