On 24 May 2007, NZTRI and AUT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Niue. The goal of the MoUwas to establish a programme of research for tourism in order to develop a more sustainable tourism industry in Niue and to provide an effective research development environment for graduate students.
Activities in Niue included:
1) Visitor Departure Survey. The aim was to develop a cost effective ongoing ‘barometer’ to gain greater insights into visitor behaviour and impacts on Niue. Initially the barometer will be developed by NZTRI in co-operation with the Government of Niue, NZTRI will initially collect and analyse the data. Over time these tasks will be taken over by the people of Niue. The survey went online at the end of June 2008.
2) Evangeline Singh is a NZTRI PhD Candidate and Research Assistant from Fiji. Evangeline's PhD study investigates the potential to create stronger linkages between tourism and agriculture in Pacific SIDS using Niue as a case study. On 30 May 2008, Evangeline left for Niue to start her fieldwork and to coordinate the Visitor Departure Survey.
3) Hospitality Training. Initiated by the Niue Tourism Office, NZTRI is facilitating a hospitality training course in Niue from 14 to 17 July 2008. This will develop essential skills for those who are working in, or preparing to work in, the Hospitality industry in Niue (i.e. accommodation, food and beverage, leisure and tourism). The approach is a ‘hands on’ experience covering the following areas: housekeeping, bar & beverage/bar service, customer service, food service, and catering services.