The University of Waikato - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa

The Role of Local Government in Sustainable Tourism Planning and Destination Management

Key Researcher:

Dr. Anne Zahra, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Waikato Management School

Research Question:

The research project examines a sample of North and South Island Local Government Territorial Local Authorities (TLAs) to ascertain their understanding and practice of

  • Tourism planning, specifically the use of the Ministry of Tourism datasets, tourism planning toolkit and tourism flows model
  • Sustainable destination management, including environmental management, waste management, visitor impacts, climate change implications and environmental image.


This research will examine how local authorities respond to a range of issues such as: What is destination management and associated issues such as: environmental management, waste management, impact of climate change and environmental image? What are the boundaries between, and who is responsible for, destination management at the national, regional and local level? This project will also explore the links between sustainable tourism planning and destination management and the direct and indirect use and understanding by local authorities of the Ministry of Tourism datasets, sustainable tourism planning toolkit and tourism flows model. What is the legislative mandate for destination management and what are competing pressures faced by local authorities?


Local Government, sustainable tourism, sustainable tourism planning, destination management, tourism research data

Research Findings

This project is in the initial stages and has no research findings to date

Contact Details:

Anne Zahra, (07) 858 5087,


This project is in partnership with Local Government New Zealand ($4,060), the Ministry of Tourism ($2,000) and the Waikato Management School ($9,000)


July 1, 2007 to April 2008


New project, no publications to date

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