Professor Bob McKercher, Professor of the School
of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong
Polytechnic University (PolyU), was recently inducted into the
International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST).
Professor McKercher was also appointed as
a Fellow by the Council for Australian University Tourism and
Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) in 2008 and formally inducted at
the CAUTHE conference held in Perth in January 2009.
International Academy for the Study of Tourism is an international
organisation created to enhance both theoretical and practical
research in the field of tourism. IAST membership is limited to 75
highly accomplished tourism researchers from around the world.
Obtaining membership in IAST requires a nomination from a current
Fellow, a presentation of the nominee’s research work at the IAST
conference and at least a two-thirds vote of the Fellows.
Professor McKercher presented his work at IAST’s 20th anniversary
conference “A 20-20 Vision of Tourism Research: Roads Travelled,
Hills yet to Climb” held in Mallorca, Spain, in June 2009.
Professor McKercher joins fellow SHTM colleagues Professor
Kaye Chon, Professor Haiyan Song, Professor Cathy Hsu and
Professor Stephen Witt in the Academy. SHTM is proud to have the
largest number of Academy members in any university worldwide.
The Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality
Education (CAUTHE) represents the interests of university
providers of tourism and hospitality education, including
teaching, learning, scholarship and research. Its membership
comprises all universities in Australia which teach and/or
research in tourism and hospitality. CAUTHE initiated the Fellows
programme in 2008 to recognise the enduring commitment made by
some individuals to Australian hospitality and tourism education
and research. Professor McKercher was appointed as one of the
founding group of Fellows, and is the only Fellow
currently not based in Australia.
Professor Kaye Chon, SHTM Director and
Chair Professor, said, “We are proud of Professor McKercher’s
outstanding achievement. The two honours bestowed on Professor
McKercher further prove that he is again being recognised as one
of the world’s leading scholars for the invaluable
contributions he makes to global hospitality and tourism
education and research.”
Professor McKercher has wide ranging research interests. He
has published over 190 scholarly papers and research reports on a
variety of cultural tourism, socio-cultural tourism, nature-based
tourism, regional tourism development, tourism marketing and
tourism education issues. He is the author of The Business of
Nature-based Tourism (1988) and co-authored Cultural Tourism: The
Partnership between Tourism and Cultural Heritage Management
(2002). He has also co-edited two other books. Professor McKercher
is the member of the editorial board of 14 international tourism
Professor McKercher has been a tourism academic
since 1990, working in both Australia and Hong Kong. Prior to
that, he worked in the Canadian tourism industry in a variety of
advocacy and operational roles. Professor McKercher joined PolyU
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