The 27th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Annual Conference took place in Ramada Plaza Hotel in Jeju, S. Korea, from July 6th to 8th. The annual conference was held in a hybrid format to encourage more delegates to participate. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Yeong-Hyeon Hwang (Dong-A University, Korea), the APTA 2022 annual conference was very successful. 215 valuable delegates attended from 16 different countries or regions. There were academics, researchers, industry practitioners, and city/government officials who made the conference such a huge success by sharing their valuable ideas for sustaining the hospitality, leisure, and tourism industries.
After double-blind reviewing processes, a total of 107 research papers were accepted. Of them, 74 stand-up and 7 poster papers were presented in poster/concurrent sessions during the three days of the conference. As a pre-conference event, APTA annual conference provided Thesis in Progress (TiP) session for graduate students to interactively discuss their on-going research with peers, colleagues, and leading supervisors and scholars in the field. Graduate students at all stages are encouraged to participate. The issues of this year’s research presentations were categorized into 15 domains: Consumer Behavior, Human Resources, Technology & Data, Tourism Marketing, Tourism – Others, Destination Management, Cultural/Heritage Tourism, Lodging Management, Hotel Management, Restaurant & Food Service Management, Special Interest Marketing, Community-based Tourism, Education, Tourism Policy, and Sharing Economy.
APTA 2019 Best Papers
Masashi Wakasugi and Naoya Ito (Hokkaido University) – “Increasing Participation in Pro-poor Tourism: Study of Predictors to Promote Prosocial Behavior to Other Reference Groups.”
Soobin Seo (Washington State University), Xianmei Wu (Washington State University), and Jihee Choi (The City University of New York) – “Gender Dismatch Effect between Customers and Gendered Service Robots.”
APTA 2019 Thesis-in-Progress Session Paper Award
Patcharawan Wongsa and DongHee Kim (Sookmyung Women’s University) –“Media-induced Tourism: The Influence of “Lalisa” Music Video on International Viewers’ Intention to Visit Thailand.”
APJTR Article of the year 2021
Felix Otoo, SeongSeop (Sam) Kim, Jerome Agrusa and Joseph Lema – “Classification of Senior Tourists according to Personality Traits [APJTR 26(5)]