Professor Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

Professor of Tourism Management
Director of China-New Zealand Tourism Research Unit
Undergraduate/Graduate Convenor for Tourism and Hospitality Management

Qualifications: BSc (Econ) (Hons) London, PGCE Leicester, MEd Nottingham, MPhil Nottingham Trent, PhD Aston

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About Chris

Professor Chris Ryan undertakes research in the field of tourism, and has developed research interests in China in the last two decades, including contractual work with Chinese partners such as Beijing Union University and others. He has also undertaken reports for the United Nations World Tourism Organization in China, is editor of Tourism Management, and at the time of writing has a h index of 64  according to Google Scholar.

From 2016 to 2018 he is undertaking visitor monitoring at key Chinese sites such as the Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Wuxi Mausoleum. Within New Zealand he has completed work for Tourism New Zealand, the Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Auckland, Tourism Waikato and individual private sector organisations.

His research interests include tourist behaviours and the consequences of those behaviours in terms of impacts - social, psychological and environmental; and the business organisations that shape those tourist experiences. He has also established a UNWTO research base studying Raglan under the UNWTO Insto programme. Details on the China-New Zealand Tourism Research Unit can be found at:

UNWTO INSTO Research Unit

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Papers Taught

Research Interests

Chris is interested in tourist behaviours, motivations and the social, environmental and economic consequences of those behaviours with a specific interest in China and cutlural differences. He utilises both quantative and qualitative techniques including discriminate analysis, SEM, regressions etc and textual analysis software.

Recent Publications

  • Li, F., & Ryan, C. (2020). Western guest experiences of a Pyongyang international hotel, North Korea: Satisfaction under conditions of constrained choice. Tourism Management, 76, 11 pages. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2019.07.001

  • Chen, H., Ryan, C., & He, H. (2019). Intergenerational differences amongst Chinese visitors to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, Xi'an, China. Annals of Tourism Research, online. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2019.01.015

  • Gao, J., Ryan, C., Cave, J., & Zhang, C. (2019). Tourism border-making: A political economy of China's border tourism. Annals of Tourism Research, 76, 1-13. doi:10.1016/j.annals.2019.02.010

  • Ramos-Tumanan, M. A., & Ryan, C. (2019). Chinese rural tourism – Seeking a Chinese perspective from an emic stance, or a case of post hoc reflection?. Tourism Management, 75, 284-292. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2019.05.009

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Contact Details

Room: MSB.4.17
Phone: +64 7 838 4259