News and events



CTLM has been awarded with the “Best IFITTTalk award” for a second year in a row for successfully organizing two IFITTTalk workshops on the topics of Digital Marketing in Tourism and Smart Tourism Services and Smart Destinations in 2017



22 November 2018

IFITT Talk Workshop: New Technologies and Tourism Innovation Workshop 

The 'New Technologies and Tourism Innovation Workshop' focused on major Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) applications including blockchain, cryptocurrency, big data, smart tourism services, social media, virtual/augmented reality and storytelling.  Hosted in conjunction with IFITT, the workshop presented case studies and real industry examples to better explain how to use these technologies in order to improve practices. 

To view presentations from the IFITT Talk Workshop, click here.

To view media article published following the event, click here.

CTLM End of Year Celebration

This workshop was followed by an End of Year Celebration for the Centre for Tourism and Leisure Management where Mr Jeff Ellison, CEO & Managing Director of SeaLink Travel Group, was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the South Australian Tourism Economy as well as a keynote by Hon. David Ridgway, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.  

To view presentations from the End of Year Celebration, click here.

To view media article published following the event, click here.


7 August 2018

Tourism Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop & SATIC Talking Tourism with Chester Osborn

The 'Tourism Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop' brought together academics and professionals to share research findings, best practices and industry examples that can help tourism businesses to innovate and tourism entrepreneurs to flourish in an environment where change is the only constant and continous innovation is a must for survival.  The workshop was followed by a successful networking session co-hosted by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council with Mr Chester Osborn, Chief Winemaker at the d'Arenberg Cube as the keynote.  Both events attracted over 100 attendees who shared their stories and experiences over a nice glass of wine and some delicious food.

To view Chester Osborn's keynote, click here.


26 June 2018

IFITT Talk Workshop

The IFITT Talk on ‘Digital Marketing and Innovation in Tourismwas designed to provide everyone with the latest applications and research on digital marketing in the tourism industry. The workshop featured numerous case studies and innovative best practices for digital marketing and provided an opportunity for participants to network with international experts.

To read the news article, click here.

To view the presentations from the workshop, click here.

3 May 2018

2018 Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management (JHTM) Research Symposium

The workshop aimed to support scholars to publish their research as well as to celebrate the successes of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management, therefore, the program included a series of interactive and participatory sessions designed to support a special issue of the Journal with a focus on the theme of Customer Experience. More information here-

To view the presentations from the workshop, click here.

27 April 2018

Australia-Korea Food Tourism Business Development

This special event was organised by Dr Aise Kim to offer an informative, engaging and valuable discussion forum and networking opportunity to the food, wine, restaurant, and tourism industry professionals for food tourism development which has recently become one of the primary emerging tourism attractions in Australia and Korea.  The program covered a wide range of topics including successful international marketing, innovative services and partnership strategies for international food and wine tourism markets and featured speakers from organisations such as Tourism Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, Australia-Korea Business Council, Korea Tourism Organisation, Regional Development Australia, Austrade and the Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment as well as local and international food and wine tourism companies. 

21 November 2017

IFITT Talk Workshop

The IFITT Talk on 'Smart Tourism Services and Smart Destinations'  was designed to provide everyone with the latest research findings and insights about the impacts of sharing economy and the latest technology trends in the tourism industry. The workshop featured 7 presentations from international academics and industry professionals, all experts in their field, and a discussion panel with leading representatives from the tourism industry and featured keynote speeches, panel discussions and a hand-on interactive workshop on data analytics.

4 October 2017

Open State Workshop

The workshop focused on Entrepreneurship and sharing economy in tourism, unravelling economic, socio-cultural and envioronmental impacts.

30 August 2017

IFITT Talk Workshop

The IFITT Talk on “Digital Marketing in Tourism” was one more successful event co-organised by the Centre for Tourism and Leisure Management (CTLM) and IFITT. It gathered more than 140 professionals representing the wider South Australia tourism industry including: accommodation providers, cellar doors and wineries, restaurants, visitor attractions, the MICE and transportation sector, destination management companies and city councils.  

21 June 2017

New Wines of Greece

This was a two days event. The first day included an executive training program in topics related to cellar door management, wine destination management, wine marketing and wine tourism. The second day featured a field trip to Barossa whereby visits to cellar doors, and talks with wine experts and professionals have been arranged for peer learning. The events were attended by 23 wine experts and cellar door managers and owners from Greece


21 April 2017

Research Symposium of the CAUTHE SIG in Tourism, Hospitality and Events

The CAUTHE Special Interest Group in Information &  Communication Technologies conducted a Research Symposium on 21 April 2017 at the University of South Australia with the support of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management at the School of Management.  The purpose of the Symposium was to bring together researchers in order to network, discuss and form collaborations for conducting and advancing research in the field of Information & Communication Technologies and Tourism, Hospitality and Events. 


15-17 December 2016

Australia-China Tourism Forum

 The Australia-China Tourism Forum was the first of its kind to enable dialogues between key tourism stakeholders of Australia and China. Leading figures in academia, industry, and government in both countries were invited to share their views and perspectives on a wide range of issues pertaining to China-Australia tourism relations. The Forum was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The 1st Australia-China Tourism Forum was co-organised by the School of Management at University of South Australia, the School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University in China, and the Tourism Research Cluster at Curtin University. It was held at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide, Australia.

The Keynote speakers at the Forum were: Annette Sharp co-founder and CEO of the China Digital Agency, Dr George Y Chen Principal Analyst and Manager of National Tourism Forecasts, Tourism Research Australia (TRA), Austrade, Tim Gao an adjunct researcher of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a Visiting Professor to the College of Tourism and Services Management at Nankai University, Douglas Gautier CEO & Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival Centre, Cathy Hsu Chair Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Marketing in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Bob McKercher Professor in Tourism Management in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chris Ryan Professor of Tourism at the University of Waikato, Anthony Coles Principal of Sinosphere Pty Ltd.