China-New Zealand Tourism Research Unit

The China-New Zealand Research Unit is based at the University of Waikato, which is located in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand, close to some of New Zealand’s key tourism destinations.
The research unit offers excellent opportunities for Chinese students to conduct doctoral and masters research with some of the top scholars in both New Zealand and China.

Its members include Professors Chris Ryan (Emeritus Editor of Tourism Management) – a top ranked SSCI journal),  In addition Chris founded Tourism Management Perspectives and Tourism Critiques: Practice and Theory. Professors Gu Huimin, Bao Jingang, Xu Honggang and others, including representation from the China Tourism Academy are also members of the Unit.

Students can conduct research in China knowing they may have local supervision as well as supervision from the University of Waikato. We offer personal supervision with two supervisors per student, with students forming a peer group cemented by a programme of seminars and social events. Please see here for details of our PhD programmes.

The research techniques used by staff include quantitative and qualitative methods, supported by the latest software.


Since 2005, Waikato Management School's Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management has been hosting Chinese scholars, working with Chinese doctoral and other post-graduate students, and undertaking research with colleagues at Chinese universities that has involved contracts with Provincial Governments and significant players in the Chinese tourism industry.

This research has achieved high levels of quality and recognition, as with the award for outstanding research bestowed to Professors Gu Huimin and Chris Ryan by the Beijing Committee for Philosophy and Social Sciences for their work on tourism development in the hutong in Beijing.

Past doctoral students and guests have gone on to achieve significant academic and professional positions in China, so that today the department has a network that continues to support work and attract further attention from Chinese scholars. In 2013 a decision was made to formalise these connections and form the China-New Zealand Tourism Research Unit within the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

我们系从2005年开始接待来访的中国学者,并开始吸纳来自中国的研究生和博士生。同时,我们和中国大学的老师们一起开展中国境内的各种旅游研究项目,其中包括和省级政府机关及中国旅游业领军企业的合作项目。我们高水平的研究已经得到了普遍的认可,如北京第二外国语学院旅游管理学院谷慧敏教授与我系Chris Ryan教授合作的关于北京胡同旅游发展的研究荣获第十一届北京市哲学社会科学优秀成果奖。任教于中国不同大学的往届博士生和访问学者使我系和中国的大学保持了良好的合作关系,有利于将来进一步的合作和吸引更多中国学者。为了把这种联系正式化,我们计划2013年在新西兰怀卡托大学商学院成立中国-新西兰旅游研究中心。

Associated Research Units

Film Tourism Research Center, College of Tourism, Beijing Union University

The Film Tourism Research Centre commenced in 2018 under the direction of Dr. Zhang (Nancy) Xiaoyu, and its membership includes Associate Professorr Zeng Bowei, Associate Professor Luo Dongxia with external members Professor Sue Beeton of TTRA and Professor Chris Ryan (Waikato University).  Research students from Beijing Union University are also members.

Current research projects commenced in 2018, and which are continuing at present, are centred on Grand View Gardens (Daguanyuan) in Beijing – which was originally constructed in the 1980s for the television series Dream of the Red Mansions (红楼梦,pinyin Hónglóumèng) and the theme park “Universal Studios” to be opened in 2020 in Tongzhou District, Beijing. In 2018, Dr. Zhang acquired research funding for a research project on “Film Tourism” from Beijing Union University, which will lead to courses at the University and a book about “Film Tourism” building on the Research Centre’s research. In 2019 and 2020 work relating to the Taohao Fuxi Mausoleum has commenced. Papers are being completed on these projects - for details contact Professor Chris Ryan

Associated Journals

Tourism Critiques: Practice and Theory is sponsored by Beijing Union University and is published by Emerald Publishing in the United Kingdom.  The url is … and indicates the members of the Editorial Board. The Editor is Professor Chris Ryan and the Associate Editor and Book Editor is Dr. Zhang (Nancy) Xiaoyu.

The journal is fully compliant with Plan S. and is therefore fully Open Access and authors are not required to pay for authorship.

Tourism Tribune is a journal of the National Science Foundation of China and indexed in the China Social Science Citation Index (CSSCI) and is the leading tourism research journal in China. The Chief Editor is Yan Xuyang and the Associate Editors are Bao Jigang, Xie Yanjun, Gang Li, Xiang (Robert) Li, Wu Qiaohong and Song Zhiwei.

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