The object and purpose of TRI are stated in Tourism Act No. 28 of 2011. The Act states that; TRI will undertake and co-ordinate tourism research and analysis in accordance with its provisions. This will ensure that the research and knowledge gaps that exist in the sector are adequately addressed in line with the mandate of the Institute. TRI will therefore be a principal reference point for generating data and research information to inform decision making by the government and private sector on tourism matters.

           Core Functions

The Act gives the core functions of TRI’s as follows:

The Act gives the core functions of TRI’s as follows:
a. Collect and analyze information, for the sector and other clients in the private and public sectors, relating to —
i. tourism products and services at the local, national, regional and international levels;
ii. trends in tourism;
iii. processes or activities likely to impact on sustainable tourism;
iv. tourism statistics
b. Assess strategies and techniques for product development and marketing;
c. Undertake market intelligence;
d. Determine, in consultation with lead agencies, the carrying capacities of the various tourism destinations and conservation needs and priorities;
e. Assess information, that is the basis of integrated tourism development area plans;
f. Research on sustainable tourism and other emerging areas;
g. Give information on early warning, disaster management, impacts and mitigation and adaptive strategies to climate change;
h. Organize symposia, conferences, workshops and other meetings to promote the exchange of views on issues relating to tourism research and analysis;
i. Publish, annually, research findings and communicate recommendations to the relevant lead agencies, institutions and other stakeholders in the tourism sector; and
j. Perform any other functions that are ancillary to the object and purpose for which the Institute is established.