UQ Tourism Cluster win big at leading Australasian conference

2 Mar 2017
Dr Gabby Walters

UQ Business School’s Tourism Cluster cleaned up at a leading national tourism and education conference claiming two of the six major awards given out throughout the night.

Four Tourism Cluster academics were recognised for their contributions to the tourism and education field at the 27th annual Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Conference held in New Zealand.

Senior Lecturer Dr Gabby Walters accepted the prestigious 2017 CAUTHE Fellow Award, an accolade reserved for an academic from Australia or New Zealand who has made the most significant contribution to the field.

Associate Professor Pierre Benckendorff and tourism tutor Lavender Shu claimed the 2017 CAUTHE Best Full Paper Award.

Additionally, in recognition of his contributions to tourism and education as well as to CAUTHE over the years, Professor Brent Ritchie was appointed as a Fellow member of CAUTHE.

Associate Professor David Solnet, Tourism Cluster Leader at UQ Business School, said that the school’s success at the conference cemented its reputation as a world leader in tourism research and education.

“The achievements by Brent, Gabby, Pierre and Lavender reflect the strength and prominence of UQ Business School’s tourism research in this part of the world and internationally,” he said.

“With nearly 300 participants, the 2017 CAUTHE Conference is a major gathering of tourism researchers globally. To be recognised within this community is an incredible achievement by our researchers and a great outcome for our school."

The conference attracted delegates from higher education institutions across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and a range of other countries.