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Chris Ryan

Professor – School of Management, Marketing and Strategy

Room:         MSB.4.17
Telephone: (64 7) 838 4259
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Waikato Management School
The University of Waikato
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Professor Chris Ryan has been at the University of Waikato since 1998, having arrived from his previous post of Professor of Tourism at the Northern Territory University.  Chris is the editor of 'Tourism Management' and from 2012 to 2017 was also the editor of 'Tourism Management Perspectives' which he founded in 2012. Both journals are published by Elsevier. He has written well over 350 academic journal articles, book chapters and conference papers and some books (we think he has given up counting because he claims he cannot remember what he has written).  He has sat on a number of international and national committees including the APEC Tourism Ministers Advisory Committee and New Zealand Chinese Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

His work includes liaison with the international  Monitoring Centres for Sustainable Tourism (INSTO programme) under the aegis of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.  In this role, he wrote reports for the entry of the Xishuangbanna Autonomous Prefecture and the City of Changshu into the  INSTO programme and in 2017 successfully led New Zealand's first application for involvement in the programme, focusing initially on Raglan.

Chris is also director of the China-New Zealand Tourism Research Unit within the Management School, and in that capacity has undertaken work in China and about Chinese tourists in New Zealand for a number of organisations including the Beijing and China tourism authorities, and is a member of the Shaanxi Tourism Research Institute based at Xi'an International Studies University. In that capacity in 2017, he now has responsibilities for visitor monitoring at the Terracotta Warriors Museum. He has held visiting posts at Sun Yat Sen, Beijing International Studies, Ankang and Zhejiang International and  Hong Kong Polytechnic Universities, among others, and also a Visiting Professor's post at Emirates Academy, Dubai. He is an elected Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism.

He has won numerous awards for his research including from Beijing Social Sciences and Philosophy Committee, Emerald Publishing, Asia Pacific Tourism Association and indeed the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from WMS.

He is proud of the work undertaken by the Tourism and Hospitality Research Cluster, which in 2017 was internationally recognised by being ranked 24th in the World (out of over 1,000 universities) by the QS Global rankings.

He maintains entries on, twitter (@CaryanRyan) and Google's My Citations.

Details of the INSTO and China-New Zealand Tourism Research Unit can be found on