Dr Vincent Tung received his PhD in Management, specializing in Tourism and Marketing at the University of Calgary in Canada. His research focuses on tourism and society, with an aim towards understanding tourists’ experience as well as residents’ attitudes in host-guest relations that are crucial for sustainable destination development. He has range of supplementary research interests, including emerging technologies and education. His primary goal is to conduct research with potential societal impact; for example, in 2021, his research proposal as principal investigator (PI) on tourist discrimination was funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (HK RGC) General Research Fund. In 2020, he supported a project as Co-I on robotic adoption in tourism that funded by the Hong Kong Government Policy Innovation and Coordination Office. In 2019, he completed his project as PI on tourist stereotypes that was also funded by the HK RGC.
Vincent has over 50 publications with multiple papers as first author in internationally leading journals. He is an Associate Editor for Annals of Tourism Research, and serves on the editorial boards of Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, and among others. In 2021, he received the prestigious Emerging Scholar of Distinction award from the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. In the same year, he was shortlisted as a finalist by the HK RGC for the prestigious Research Fellow Scheme across the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business Studies panel for his proposal on intergroup relations in tourism.
As a teacher, Vincent holds himself to high standards to provide a challenging yet fair experience by treating students with respect and patience. He strives to be the teacher that he would want as a student. He has received excellent student evaluations and have taught various undergraduate (e.g., China Tourism, Destination Management, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Hospitality) as well as postgraduate subjects (e.g., Research Methods, and Tourism Development in Asia). To date, he has supervised four doctoral students to graduation as chief supervisor. For the 2019/20 academic year, his student received the School’s Best PhD Thesis Award.
Finally, Vincent embraces knowledge sharing of tourism research and education within the School and with the wider community. Internally, he is the Subject Area Coordinator for the Vincent Tung 2 Tourism Management program, and serves on the School Research Committee as well as the university-level Scholarship Assessment Board, and Institutional Review Board for granting ethical clearance for research projects. Externally, he is a member of the Training Committee at the Travel Industry Council (TIC) of Hong Kong, and served as External Examiner for the Hospitality Management Programmes of Lingnan Institute of Further Education, as well as an external member of the Programme Validation Panel for the Higher Diploma in Tourism Management of the Hong Kong College of Technology. At the secondary education-level, he serves on the One Committee for Tourism and Hospitality Studies of the Hong Kong Curriculum Development Council (CDC) and Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA)
Education and Academic Qualifications
- PhD (University of Calgary)
- MBA (University of Calgary)
- BComm (University of Calgary)
Academic and Professional Experience
- Tourism Management