Inaugural TRENd PitchFest a success

The University of Tasmania’s Tourism Research and Education Network (TRENd) recently held its inaugural PitchFest at the IMAS Building in Hobart.

The PitchFest, which will be held annually, enables the University’s researchers to pitch their proposed projects in a fun and informal setting with the goal of securing seed funding.

Five teams pitched their research ideas in a five-minute presentation, which was assessed by a panel of judges from the tourism industry and the University of Tasmania.

The audience were also able to vote for their favourite pitch.

Proposed projects covered a range of topics including dark tourism, ugly tourism, local (Airbnb) tourism, Niche Beverage tourism and extinction tourism.

Two prizes of $6,000 to support research were awarded to:

Dr Alison Dunn (TSBE) and Gerry Kregor (TILT) for their project ‘Exploring the use of tourism as a support mechanism to the value chain of small, premium nice producers in rural Tasmania;’

And Dr Louise Grimmer (TSBE) for her project ‘Just Like the Locals: The Impact of Airbnb Host Recommendations on Tourist Visitation to Local Shops and Restaurants.’

“TRENd’s focus is to stimulate innovation, well communicated and industry relevant tourism research and the PitchFest was a wonderful opportunity to hear from the UTAS researchers who are striving to enhance tourism output from the University,” TRENd Director Dr Anne Hardy said.

“We are extremely grateful to our strategic partners for their support of TRENd, and this new initiative, and we look forward to hearing about the progress of the winning projects.”

TRENd is a network of researchers at the University of Tasmania who have an interest in tourism research and education.

The goal of the network is to strengthen tourism research linkages across the University and extend linkages to the tourism industry in Tasmania.

TRENd was designed and is funded by strategic research partnerships with the University of Tasmania, the Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of State Growth and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Published on: 17 Mar 2017 4:07pm