13th New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference - TTRA Asia-Pacific Chapter Conference

4th – 7th  December 2019

Call for Papers

Jointly being hosted by the University of Waikato Management School with Lincoln University, The Department of Tourism, Auckland University of Technology and the Department of Marketing, Canterbury University.

In addition we acknowledge the support of Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian and the National University of the Solomon Islands.

Conference Theme - Tourism Legacies

The theme of the conference has been specifically selected for two primary reasons:
a)The conference appraise the outcomes of the China-New Zealand and China-Silk Road years that include the relationships with the South Pacific Nations in the SPTO-China Year of Tourism.

b)The debate about assessments of academic research outputs and their impact as to contributions to policy making, organisational decision making and the welfare of communities. This latter initiative relates to the changes in various university research assessment exercises that are occurring globally.


The conference venue

Novotel Hamilton Tanui - please see

Notable conference initiatives

Please note that the conference will, it is hoped, include:

  • A participatory session with members of New Zealand’s tourism industry to discuss issues that have emerged in 2019, and
  • We will conduct some of the paper sessions in Mandarin with papers being submitted in Mandarin.  This is to encourage Chinese academics to join us so that they can experience New Zealand and meet with their English speaking counterparts in a supportive environment. It will also allow Mandarin speaking doctoral students in New Zealand to meet Chinese academics to better exchange ideas.

At this stage we are simply seeking abstracts of proposed conference papers relating to themes including:

  • Tourism and policy making;
  • The contribution of tourism toward the well-being of the Asia Pacific and its communities;
  • The consequences of the China Tourism Years;
  • Case studies of tourism and its impacts;
  • Tourist motives and their understanding of tourism; and
  • Tourist interactions with the places they visit.

The conference programme will also include:

  • A session on the work of the UNWTO INSTO programme as a means of tourism research making a contribution to communities;
  • A business symposium when delegates will become involved with the local regional tourism organisation and tourism businesses in a participative exercise designed to include all making their own observations and contributions in a series of filmed sessions.

The venue for the conference will be Hamilton Novotel Tanui in the centre of Hamilton’s café and restaurant zone overlooking the Waikato River. Be aware that by the time of the conference a major refurbishing programme will be completed.

We are seeking to have a conference with a difference – it has to be that as this (on a personal note) will be the last conference that I will be organising!

The keynote speakers will include

The date of the conference will permit delegates to travel to New Zealand, and after the completion of the conference to proceed to Dunedin where they can then attend the Australia-New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies Conference at Otago University – the 14th ANZALS Conference commencing on 11th December, 2019.

Can potential delegates please note that space will be limited and effectively permits about 120 papers to be presented.  A “Tourism Management” prize for best paper will be awarded.

There will be time for social activities and the conference dinner will be hosted at the Zealong Estate – please see the Zealong website


We are seeking abstracts of two types:

  • A short abstract of approximately one page in Times Roman 12 font with 1.5 spacing; and
  • A long abstract of approximately 6 pages in Times Roman 12 font with 1.5 spacing.

And additionally, we are inviting:

c)         Full papers of approximately 7,000 to 10,000 words in Times Roman 12 font with 1.5 spacing.

The full papers and long abstracts will form the basis of assessments for the reward of best conference research papers.

Please submit these by 14th September 2019 to

Copyright notice

The conference organisers will make no claim on the copyright of the papers and hence authors have the full right to subsequently reproduce their papers elsewhere. While copies of the abstracts will be made available on a USB for delegates, no conference web page will reproduce the papers, thereby not inhibiting authors’ rights to submit to journals after the conference.

Conference Fees

Early Bird Registration (by September 6th, 2019)NZ$750
Full Registration feeNZ$800
Note: Full registration covers all social functions and a USB containing conference papers and abstracts
Student FeeNZ$650
This fee requires proof of student status and covers attendance at all sessions including social functions and copies of proceedings
Discounted student feeNZ$575
This fee covers attendance at paper sessions, copy of proceedings and catering for mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks.

Registration Form

Online registration form will be available soon.

Alternative Payments

If you will be paid for directly by your university or other provider please forward details confirming the payment of the fee including name and address of person to whom the invoice must be sent.  Such payments MUST be made by 6th November 2019. Please send the details to Dr. Vivian Zhang at

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