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Tuesday, June 20 • 09:00 - 12:00
7th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium | 7ième colloque des étudiants gradués

The purpose of the Graduate Student Research Colloquium is to provide an interactive forum for graduate students to discuss their research, to obtain constructive feedback from researchers in the fields of their expertise, to support the successful completion of their research, to expose students to peers’ work, and to establish relationships for future inter-institutional collaborations. The event is a half-day pre-conference workshop combining a session of oral presentations followed by an open meeting concept combining short dissertation pitches (3 minutes) and visual presentations.


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Opening

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM - Moderated Panel Presentations (10 minutes each)

Group 1:  Moderator: Gyan Nyaupane, Arizona State University 

“When Choice Overload Leads to a Choice and When It Does Not: Investigating Choice Overload between Tourists’ Different Consideration Sets.”
Farshid Mirzaalian, University of Alberta; Elizabeth Halpenny, University of Alberta

“A Dual Process Approach to Understand Tourists’ Destination Choice Processes.”
Florian Kock, Copenhagen Business School; Alexander Josiassen, Copenhagen Business School; Albert Assaf, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 

“The Relationship between Acculturative Stress and Korean Immigrants’ Travel Experiences.”
Ami Choi, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Ingrid Schneider, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

“Exploring Older Adult Educational Tourism Experiences, Satisfaction and Well-being: A Pre-Post Travel Approach.”
Lintje Siehoyono Sie, University of Queensland; Kelly Virginia Phelan, University of Queensland; Shane Pegg, University of Queensland

Group 2: Moderator: Iis Tussyadiah, University of Surrey

"Exploring the Spatial Relationship between Airbnb Rental and Crime.”

Yu-Hua Xu, University of Florida; Jin-won Kim, University of Florida; Lori Pennington-Gray, University of Florida

“Assessing the Social Impacts of Short-Term Vacation Rentals on Urban Neighborhoods.”
Emily Ayscue, University of Georgia; B. Bynum Boley, University of Georgia

“Place Vibrancy and Its Measurement: Construct Development, Scale Development, and Relationship to Tourism.”
John Delconte, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

“Destination Branding of Creative MICE Tourism.” 
Eunhye Grace Kim, Arizona State University; Deepak Chhabra, Arizona State University; Dallen Timothy, Arizona State University

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM -  Moderated Short Research Pitches (3 minutes each) + Poster Presentation

“Does Culture Matter? A Comparison of Anglo-Canadians’ and Asian-Canadians’ Travel Motivations and Travel Constraints.”
Nanxi Yan, University of Alberta; Elizabeth Halpenny, University of Alberta

“Innovation, authenticité et développement durable. Quel point de rencontre pour les organisations touristiques collaborant dans un réseau?”
Isabelle Falardeau, Université Laval

“Generation Y, Virtual Reality, and Tourism.”
Juleigh Giberson, Ryerson University

“Navigating Uncertainty: The Perception of Risk in Cruise Tourists' Decision-Making.”
Jenni Holland, University of Brighton

“From Hashtags to Shopping Bags: Measuring the Rise of eWOM through Social Media and Its Impact on Travelers’ Shopping Patterns.”
Michael Lever, University of Guelph; Michael Mulvey, University of Ottawa; Statia Elliot, University of Guelph

“Adoption of Smart Glasses in Smart Tourism Destination: A System Thinking Approach.”
Pooyan Sedarati, University of Algarve; Aarash Baktash, Taylor’s University

“Engaging the Customer: The Impacts of Online Travel Community Engagement on Brand Identification and Behavioral Intentions.”
Elizabeth Whalen, University of Houston; John Bowen, University of Houston

“Issues and Challenges of Integrative Medical System to the Growth of Health Tourism Industry in Nepal.”
Bishnu Prasad Khanal, Tokyo Metropolitan University

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM - Closing and Awards 

Two awards will be presented at the end of the session:

Best Graduate Colloquium Paper
Sponsored by Tourism Review International

J. Desmond Slattery Graduate Student Research Award
Sponsored by Nielsen

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Gyan P. Nyaupane, Ph.D.

Professor, Arizona State University
Gyan Nyaupane, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. His research has been focused on the effective management of tourism as a tool for sustainable development, environmental conservation, heritage preservation, and... Read More →
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Iis P. Tussyadiah, Ph.D.

Reader in Hospitality and Digital Experience, University of Surrey
Iis Tussyadiah, Ph.D., is a Reader in Hospitality and Digital Experience in School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, where she leads the Digital Visitor Economy research group and the Digital Lab. Her research interests lie in the intersection of... Read More →

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Emily Ayscue

Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainable Tourism and Integrative Conservation, University of Georgia
Emily Ayscue is currently at the University of Georgia pursuing a Ph.D. in Sustainable Tourism and Integrative Conservation and holds an M.S. in Sustainable Tourism and a B.S. in Geology from East Carolina University. Her current research focuses on assessing the sustainability of... Read More →

Ami Choi

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
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John D. Delconte

Doctoral Student in Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
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Isabelle Falardeau

Doctorate Student, Université Laval
Isabelle Falardeau is a doctorate student studying tourism within the geography department at Université Laval (Québec). She acts as coordinator for the Research Chair in Partnership on Authenticity and Innovation in Tourism (Québec-Charlevoix). Isabelle’s research interests... Read More →
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Juleigh Giberson

Undergraduate Student studying Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University
Juleigh Giberson is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Ryerson University studying Hospitality and Tourism Management. She has been a Research Assistant at the Hospitality and Tourism Institute at Ryerson for the past year. In addition to the abstract being presented at this conference... Read More →
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Jennifer Holland

Ph.D. Student, University of Brighton, UK
Jennifer Holland is a current Ph.D. student at the University of Brighton (UK). Her research aims to examine the influence of the perception of risk on consumer decision-making in ocean cruising, using a constructivist perspective and image-elicitation. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D... Read More →
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Bishnu Prasad Khanal

Ph.D. Candidate, ‎Department of Tourism Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Bishnu Prasad Khanal is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Tourism Science at the Graduate School of Urban Environmental Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University. He earned his M.B.A. in global management from the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. Bishnu is currently conducting... Read More →
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Eunhye Grace Kim

Ph.D. Candidate, Arizona State University
Eunhye Grace Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University (ASU). She holds an M.B.A. in hospitality and a Bachelor of Political Science in journalism and communication. Her work experience includes administration and event... Read More →
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Florian Kock

Ph.D. Candidate, Copenhagen Business School
Florian Kock is a Ph.D. candidate at the Copenhagen Business School and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His research interests include destination marketing and tourist behavior; international and intercultural marketing and consumer behavior; the role of emotions in... Read More →
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Michael W. Lever

Ph.D. Candidate in Services Management, University of Guelph
Michael Lever is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in services management at the University of Guelph, where he intends to incorporate his background in consumer behavior, marketing, and human geography and apply it to tourism destination image and place branding. He has industry experience... Read More →
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Farshid Mirzaalian

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Alberta
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B. Bynum Boley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism, University of Georgia
B. Bynum Boley, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism within the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on sustainable tourism development and how the unique natural and cultural resources... Read More →
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Michael S. Mulvey, Ph.D.

Professor of Marketing, University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management
Michael Mulvey, Ph.D., is a professor of marketing at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. He consults with companies and law firms, is an active keynote speaker, and is a go-to media expert on the topics of branding, consumer trends, and marketing strategy... Read More →
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Statia Elliot, Ph.D.

Director, School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management, University of Guelph
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Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D.

Director of the Tourism Crisis Management Initiative, University of Florida
Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D., is the Director of the Tourism Crisis Management Initiative at the University of Florida, as well as a Professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management. Her research uses a “systems approach” to understand both demand-side and... Read More →
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Elizabeth Halpenny, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Elizabeth Halpenny, Ph.D., teaches and conducts research in the areas of tourism, marketing, environmental psychology, and protected areas management. Elizabeth’s research focuses on individuals’ interactions with nature environments, tourism experience, and environmental stewardship... Read More →
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Pooyan Sedarati

Ph.D. Student at the Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Portugal
Pooyan Sedarati is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve, Portugal. He holds an M.S. in Tourism Economics and Regional Development from University of Algarve and B.S. in Industrial Engineering. His main research interests include system dynamics... Read More →
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Lintje Siehoyono Sie

Tutor and Research Assistant, The University of Queensland
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Elizabeth Whalen

Ph.D. Student, University of Houston
Elizabeth Whalen has held management positions in both the restaurant and hotel industries. She has also served as the executive director of the AH&LA Information Center, which is housed at the Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston. She is currently a lecturer, teaching... Read More →

Yu-Hua (Melody) Xu

Ph.D. Student/Research Assistant, University of Florida

Nanxi Yan

University of Alberta

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Arizona State University

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Purdue University

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Tourism Review International


Tuesday June 20, 2017 09:00 - 12:00 EDT