Our events

The TRC regularly organises TRC Seminars following a traditional set-up and the more casual Tourism Research Sips, as well other outstanding events, as the TRC Symposium. Upcoming and past events in our TRC Seminar and Tourism Research Sips series along with information about the TRC Symposium are listed below. For more information on upcoming events, please contact trc@curtin.edu.au

Key events


TRC x CRL Symposium – The Digital Future of the Tourism Industry in Western Australia

The Tourism Research Cluster’s Annual International Symposium, this year co-hosted by Curtin’s Consumer Research Lab, will be held on 18 February 2021 with a focus on the ‘Digital Future of the Tourism Industry in WA’.

Digital innovation has already disrupted the way tourism businesses operate. In times of global crisis and technological disruption, the 2021 TRC x CRL Symposium aims to bring together key academics and industry leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation in tourism, foster digital readiness and strengthen digital resilience in the industry, and to discuss strategies to prepare the sector for the digital future.

Please visit the Symposium website for more information on the event’s program and guest speakers.


Indigenous Tourism Research Symposium – Wangkiny Coolamon Research Gathering

The Tourism Research Cluster is honoured to be one of the co-hosts of the Wangkiny Coolamon Research Gathering which will take place in Perth on 1 November 2021 as a component of the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2020 held by the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance and the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council.

Registrations are now open! For further information on the event on registration, the program and speakers and how to participate, please visit the symposiums webpage.

Past events

Official Launch of Australia's South West Sustainable Tourism Observatory

Join Curtin University’s Tourism Research Cluster in launching Australia’s first UNWTO-endorsed tourism observatory at Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Naturaliste, from 3 – 5.00 pm on Friday, 27 September 2019. Along with key partners Tourism Western Australia, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – Government of Western Australia, Australia’s South West, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, South West Development Commission, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia and Expedia, the TRC looks forward to officially introducing the observatory to tourism stakeholders and the broader public.

To assist in launching this important observatory, Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming and Gene Hardy from Cape to Cape Tours will share some thoughts on tourism development, conservation and sustainability.

Event details:

Date: Friday, 27 September 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Windmills I & II, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort
42 Bunker Bay Road, Naturaliste WA, 6281 (map)

TRC Symposium

2019 Symposium

2019 TRC Symposium: ‘From Under-Tourism’ to ‘Just-Right-Tourism’: Asian, European, American and Australian Perspectives

Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019 | 8.00 am – 8.30 pm

View event page


2018 Symposium

2018 TRC Symposium: ‘Growing the Asian Market for Tourism in WA’
Date: 25 June 2018 | 9.00am – 2.30 pm

View event page on BCEC website


Tourism Research Sips

Upcoming Tourism Sips

Details on upcoming Tourism Sips will be added to this page when available, do check back regularly for updates.

Past Tourism Sips

Tuning into Taste: Communicating About Wine
Speaker: Paul Edwards – Director and wine educator, Full Bottle

Cruise Ship impact on WA Tourism
Speakers: Mark Exeter – Industry Development Officer, South West Development Commission

TRC seminars

Past Seminars

Tomorrow’s Travel Luxuries: Redefining “Luxury” for the Tourism Industry

Today, the concept of luxury has evolved beyond people, places and things. The modern luxury traveller is increasingly characterised as seeking pleasure, self-actualisation and meaning. The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored potential for the smallest of indulgences to fulfil the luxury needs of individuals. This prompts the crucial yet underexplored question of, “What are tomorrow’s travel luxuries?”

This fascinating panel session challenges existing definitions of luxury by examining who the modern luxury travellers are and what motivates them. It explores the adaptive measures that the industry is taking to cater to these shifts in luxury demand, culminating in an attempt to arrive at a new definition of luxury travel.


  • Xavier Sala Busquets (Market Manager – Perth, Expedia Group)
  • Li Ann Loo (Director of Sales and Marketing, The Ritz-Carlton Perth)
  • Sonia Beckwith (Proprietor, Live Ningaloo)
  • Guy Jeffreys (Executive Chef, Fogarty Wine Group)

The Power of Gamified Technology in the Tourism Experience

Speaker: Annika Aebli, Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany)


‘Blue’ to ‘Grey’? Australian Tourism Insights from Malta
Speaker: John Tunbridge, Carleton University (Canada)

Hosting Tourism on Magnetic Island: Place, Self and Narrative within Structures of Authority and Power
Speaker: Carol Mills, Curtin University

Breaking the “Crazy Rich Bogan” Stereotype: Opportunities, Challenges and Future of WA Film Tourism
Speakers: Mr Ian Brodie (Film Tourism Consultant), A/Prof Sean Kim (Tourism Scholar, Edith Cowan University), Ms Catrin Allsop (CEO, Australia’s South West), Ms Gabrielle Cole (Production Attraction & Services Coordinator, Screenwest)

Managing Tourism Flows and Quality of Life
Speaker: Professor Oswin Maurer


Balancing teaching, research and life
Speaker: Prof Karen Smith, Victoria University of Wellington and A/Prof Leonie Lockstone-Binney, William Angliss Institute


Introduction to real world labs
Speaker: Monika Bachinger, University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg


Opportunities & Challenges of Peer-to-Peer Sharing in Nature-Based Tourism: Insights from the Black Forest National Park in Germany
Speaker: Monika Bachinger, University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg


From ‘campaign-style governance’ to ‘daily governance’: A policy network analysis of scenic spots in China
Speaker: Dr Meng Wei, South China Agricultural University


Online booking portals and their significance
Speakers: Natalie Olbrich, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt


Developments in Aboriginal Tourism
Speakers: Robert Taylor – CEO, WAITOC and Tod Jones – senior lecturer and discipline lead for Geography, Curtin University

Current issues in management and development of regional airports
Speakers: Emma Heys, Dr Mirjam Wiedemann and Dr Piotr Niewiadomski


Local government perspective in tourism development
Speaker: Nina Hewson


Tourism Research Australia: An overview
Steve Matthews, Diala Raad


Selected issues about innovation in the accommodation sector: Cases from Europe
Speakers: Prof Harald Pechlaner and Michael Volgger


Cuba – ‘See it while you can’: Today’s tourist experience in a nation in waiting
Dr Brian Shaw


Geotourism: An emerging opportunity for Western Australia
Prof Ross Dowling


Things that make a difference: Exploring innovation in tourism destinations
Michael Volgger


Is all tourism dark? A personal perspective
Speaker: Prof John Tunbridge


Testing the dimensionality of place attachment and its relationships
Dr Haywantee (Rumi) Ramkissoon


Factors effecting engagement in indigenous tourism: An international perspective
Campbell Fletcher


Anticipation, experiences and memories: A longitudinal study of mega event volunteering
Dr Karen Smith


Destination governance and leadership
Prof Harald Pechlaner


Film-induced tourism
Speaker: Dr Sue Beeton


Human resource development (HRD) in emerging tourism destinations
Speaker: Prof Tom Baum


Climate change and rainforest tourism in Australia
Prof Steve Turton


Communicating World heritage
Dr Lisa Marie-King


Assessing the benefits and challenges of alternative land use trajectories in dynamic multi-stakeholder settings
Speaker: Dr Brad Stelfox


Global and national trends for the business events industry
Prof Margaret Deery


Agent-based modelling of tourism behaviour
Dr Scott Heckbert


Cultural intermediaries and the construction of provenance: New ways to think about heritage in tourism
Prof Jennifer Smith Maguire