Skip to main content Start main content
Prof. Honggen Xiao
PolyU Scholars Hub

Honggen Xiao

Assistant Dean and Professor


My involvement in tourism education and research started in the Department of Tourism at Huaqiao University, China (1989-2001), and as a visiting scholar in the College of Tourism at Rikkyo University, Japan (1999-2000). Prior to joining The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, I completed my graduate studies and research in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada (2002-2008).

In the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, I facilitate learning at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels in subject areas such as qualitative research, leisure and society, tourism and culture, trends and issues in global tourism, multidisciplinary approaches to tourism, and theories and concepts in tourism studies. I have extensive research interests in areas such as knowledge development, tourism and culture, leisure and society, and China tourism. I have also been actively engaged in community service through sitting in committees and editorial boards of journals, reviewing submissions for periodicals and conferences, organizing forums, consulting for governmental/non-governmental organizations, and more recently in co-editing the Encyclopedia of Tourism (Springer 2016, 2022).

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Waterloo)
  • MA (University of Waterloo)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Soochow University)
  • BA (Fujian Normal University)

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the International Association for China Tourism Studies
  • Certified Hospitality Educator

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Tourism Management

Research Interests

  • Knowledge Development
  • Scientific Community
  • Communities of Learning and Practice
  • Critical Tourism
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism in China
  • Leisure and Recreation

Your browser is not the latest version. If you continue to browse our website, Some pages may not function properly.

You are recommended to upgrade to a newer version or switch to a different browser. A list of the web browsers that we support can be found here