Following funding from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) and the Ministry of Tourism that was announced on 18 August 2009 by the Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Wayne Mapp, and the Associate Minister of Tourism, Jonathan Coleman, a new Centre for Air Transport Research (CATR) has just been established in the Tourism Department at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. The Director is Associate Professor David Timothy Duval. In its first year CATR will be working with Auckland economics consultancy Covec. As well as creating a web site, CATR also has a Twitter feed.
Other tourism research funding in this tranche went to Victoria University (Associate Professor Ian Yeoman) and Lincoln University (Associate Professor Susanne Becken).
A 24 August 2009 story in the New Zealand Herald covered the news.