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Prof Seongseop (Sam) Kim achieved his MSc and PhD in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences from the Texas A&M University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr Kim served as Professor at the Sejong University, Seoul, Korea and then joined the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as Associate Professor in August 2012. Then he was promoted to Professor as of 1 July, 2018. He is a board member of APacCHRIE Association and served as President of APacCHRIE (2021 to 2022 term). He serves on the editorial board of multiple international journals.

Prof Kim’s main research interests include tourist behavior, sustainable practices, fourth industrial revolution and technology, film tourism, tourism impacts, convention/event management, destination marketing, economic psychology, and research methodology. He has published over 230 papers on refereed international journals. He is one of the most prolific authors in the tourism and hospitality field. He was a recipient of research excellence awards from academic associations (TTRA, AAPRA, Journal of Service Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management etc.), university, and conference organizations

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Texas A&M University)
  • MSc (Texas A&M University)
  • BA (Gyeongju University)

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Convention and Events Management, Tourism Management

Research Interests

  • Destination Marketing
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution and Technology
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Convention/Event Tourism
  • Film Tourism/Celebrity Marketing
  • Psychology of Pricing
  • Medical Tourism
  • Tourist/Consumer Behavior
  • Tourism Impacts

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