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Published refereed journal publications

2014

Hudson, S., & Thal, K. (2014) “Wellness Vacations: Softer Side of Medical Tourism.” Medical Tourism Magazine, January/February, 104-106.

Hudson, S. (2014) “Fix it, Plus one’: Solving Problems for Hotel Guests.” Hotel Business Review, February.

2013

Hudson, S. (2013). “Challenges of Tourism Marketing in the Digital, Global Economy.” In McCabe, S. Handbook of Tourism Marketing. Routledge.

Hudson, S. (2013) “Checking Out the Competition. How Do You Find Out What Your Competitors Are Up To?” Hotel Business Review, November.

Dioko, L.A.N., So, S-I, Harrill, R. Hotel Category Switching Behavior—Evidence of Mobility, Stasis or Loyalty. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 34, 234-244. 2013.

Draper, J., Oh, C., and Harrill, R. Preferences for Heritage Tourism Development Using a Choice Experiment Approach. Tourism Analysis, 17 (6): 747-759. 2013.

Harrill, R., and Peterson, R. Research Note: Tourism Conventional Wisdom and the News Media. Tourism Analysis. Tourism Analysis, 17 (6): 813-817. 2013.

Chengting, L., Li, X. and Harrill, R. Chinese Outbound Tourist Perceived Constraints to Visiting the United States. Tourism Management, 37, 136-146. 2013.

He, L., Li, X., Harrill, R., and Cardon, P. Examining Japanese Tourist U.S.-Bound Travel Constraints. Current Issues in Tourism. Accepted, in press.

2012

Dioko, L., Harrill, R., and Cardon, P. The Wit and Wisdom of Chinese Tour Guides: A Critical Tourism Perspective. Journal of China Research. 9 (1): 27-49. 2012.

Harrill, R., Dioko, L., and Peterson, R. The Contemporary International Social Science Research Center: Guidelines for Effective Management. Journal of Higher Education Management, 27 (1): 21-39. 2012.

Bernthal, M., Nagel, M., Harrill, R., & Riner, P. All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy: An Exploration of Business Travelers' Attendance at Live, Ticketed Entertainment Events. Tourism Analysis, 17(2) pp. 213–224. 2012.

Brooke, B., Li, R., Meng, F. and Harrill, R. (2012). Applying Causal Mapping to Tourism Research: A Case Study of American College Students’ Experiences in China Study Abroad Programs. Tourism Analysis. 17 (1), 1-14.

Yang, L. T., & Gu, Z. (2012). Capacity optimization analysis for the MICE industry in Las Vegas. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 24(2), 335-349.

Hudson, S., & Li, X. (2012). "Domestic medical tourism: The neglected dimension of medical tourism research", Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management, 21(3), 227-246.

DiPietro, R.B., Crews, T.B., Gustafson, C., & Strick, S. (2012, in press). The Use of Social Networking Sites in the Restaurant Industry: Best Practices. Journal of Foodservice Business Research,15(3). MUM
(This journal is ranked as the ninth ranked hospitality journal by McKercher et al, (2006). It ranks 7th in the School of HRTM’s internal list of hospitality journals. Dr. DiPietro contributed approximately 25% to this article.)

DiPietro, R.B., & Gregory, S. (2012). Customer Perceptions Regarding Green Restaurant Practices: A Comparison Between Fast Food and Upscale Casual Restaurants. FIU Hospitality Review, 30(1).
(This journal is ranked as the sixth ranked hospitality journal by McKercher et al, (2006). It ranks 10th in the School of HRTM’s internal list of hospitality journals. Dr. DiPietro contributed approximately 80% to this article.)

Kline, C., Cardenas, D., Duffy, L., & Swanson, J. (2012). Funding sustainable paddle trail development: paddler perspective, willingess to pay and management implications. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 20(2), 215-234.

2011

Bliss, B., Li, X., Meng, F., & Harrill, R. (in press). Applying causal mapping to tourist research: an example of American college students' experiences in China study abroad programs. Tourism Analysis.

Cheng, C.-K., Li, X., Petrick, J. F., & O'Leary, J. T. (2011). An examination of tourism journal development. Tourism Management. 32(1). 53–61.

Crews, T.B., & DiPietro, R.B. (2011). Teaching Social Media Marketing Using Restaurant Industry Examples. Journal of Business & Training Education, (20), 45-53. MUM
(Dr. DiPietro contributed approximately 50% to this article. Acceptance rate for this Business Education Journal is approximately 35%)

DiPietro, R. B., Parsa, H.G., Gregory, A. (2011). Do restaurant QSC inspections lead to better financial performance? An empirical investigation. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 23(7).

DiPietro, R. B., & McLeod, B. (2011). Perceived work status and turnover intentions in casual dining restaurant mployees. FIU Hospitality Review, 29(2), 70-87.

Hudson, S. (2011) "Bumps for Boomers: Marketing Sport Tourism to the Aging Tourist." In Garrod & Fyall (Eds.) Contemporary Cases in Tourism: Vol. 1. Goodfellow Publishers Limited, Oxford, UK, 165-189.

Hudson, S., Wang, Y., & Moreno Gil, S. (2011). The influence of a film on destination image and the desire to travel. International Journal of Tourism Research, 13(2), 177–190.

Levy, S., Hudson, S., & Getz, D. (2011) "A Field Experimental Investigation of Managerially Facilitated Consumer-to-Consumer Interaction", Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 28, 656–674.

Li, X., & Stepchenkova, S. (accepted, not yet in print). Chinese outbound tourists' destination image of America: Part I. Journal of Travel Research.

Li, X., Lai, C. Harrill, R., Kline, S., & Wang, L. (2011). When East meets West: An exploratory study on Chinese outbound tourists' travel expectations. Tourism Management, 32(4), 741–749.

Li, X., Meng, F., Uysal, M., & Mihalik, B. (in press). Understanding the Chinese long-haul outbound travel market: an overlapped segmentation approach. Journal of Business Research.

Meng, F. & Xu, Y. (in press). Tourism shopping behavior: planned, impulsive, or experiential?—A conceptual exploration. International Journal of Culture, Tourism & Hospitality Research.

Murphy, K. S., DiPietro, R. B., Kock, G., & Lee, S. (2011). Does mandatory food safety certification for restaurant employees improve inspection outcomes? International Journal of Hospitality Management, 30(1), 150–156.

Pan, B., & Li, X. (2011). The long tail of destination image and online marketing. Annals of Tourism Research, 38(1), 132–152.

Wang, S., & Li, X. (2011). Stakeholder relationships in making sustainable rural tourism policies: A social network perspective. Chinese Rural Economy, 27(3), 59–69. (in Chinese with abstract in English).

Zhong, S., Zhang, J., Li, X. (2011). A reformulated directional bias of tourist flow: An analysis of domestic travel of rural residents in China. Tourism Geographies, 13(1), 129–147.

2010

Barber, N., Taylor, C., & Strick, S. (2010). Selective marketing to environmentally concerned wine consumers: A case for location, gender and age. The Journal of Consumer Marketing, 27.

Cheng, C.-K., Li, X., Petrick, J. F., & O'Leary, J. T. (2010). Examining tourism knowledge development from journal topics. Tourism Management.

Frash, R., Anton, J., Kline, S. F., & Almanza, B. (2010). Like it, learn it, use it: A field study of hotel training. Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly. 51, 398–414.

DiPietro, R. B., & Wang, Y. R. (in press). Technology in lodging: Practitioners' perspectives. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Trends.

Gregory, A., Wang, Y.R., & DiPietro, R. B. (2010). Towards a functional model of Website evaluation: An application on casual dining restaurants. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Trends, 2(1), 68–85.

Gregory, A., Wang, Y. R., & DiPietro, R. B. (2010). Towards a functional model of website evaluation: An application on casual dining restaurants. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Trends.

Hudson, S. (2010). Wooing zoomers: Marketing to the mature traveler. Marketing Intelligence and Planning. 28(4), 444–461.

Hudson, S., & Tung, V. W. S. (2010). "Lights, Camera, Action ... !" Marketing film locations to Hollywood. Marketing Intelligence and Planning. 28(2). 188–205.

Hudson, S., Walker, G. J., Hinch, T., & Simpson, B. (2010). Constraints to sport tourism: A cross-cultural analysis. Journal of Sport Tourism, 15(1), 71–88.

Hung, K., Li, X., Pan, B., & Petrick, J. (2010). Knowledge dissemination in tourism education: A case of tourism marketing. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 27(5). 519–532.

Hung, K. E., Turk-Sirakaya, E., & Ingram, L. (2010). Testing the efficacy of an integrative model for community participation. Journal of Travel Research.

Kim, D.-Y., Lehto, X., & Kline, S. F. (2010). Organizational channel discrepancies between CVBs and meeting planners in the USA. International Journal of Tourism Research, 12(2), 103–115.

Li, X. (2010). Loyalty regardless of brands? Examining three non-performance effects on brand loyalty in a tourism context. Journal of Travel Research. 49(3). 323–336.

Li, X., Harrill, R., Uysal, M., Burnett, T., & Zhan, X. (2010). Estimating the size of the Chinese outbound travel market: A demand-side approach. Tourism Management, 31(2), 250–259.

Li, X., & Petrick, J. (2010). Revisiting the commitment-loyalty distinction in a cruising context. Journal of Leisure Research, 42(1), 67–90.

Li, X., & Petrick, J. (2010). Towards an integrative model of loyalty formation: The role of quality and value. Leisure Sciences, 32(3), 201–221.

Meng, F. (2010). Individualism/collectivism and group travel behavior: a cross-cultural perspective. International Journal of Culture, Tourism & Hospitality Research, 4(4), 340–351.

Meng, F., Li, X., & Uysal, M (2010). An examination of tourism development and regional quality of life: the case of China. Journal of China Tourism Research, 6(2), 164–182.

Severt, K., DiPietro, R. B., & Herrera, D. (2010). An exploratory study examining technology adoption and implementation of inventory management systems in Aruba's restaurants. Florida International University (FIU) Hospitality Review.

Smith, S. L., & Kline, S. F. (2010). Crisis preparedness and meeting planner perceptions. Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, 11(1), 62–78.

Upchurch, R. S., DiPietro, R. B., Curtis, C., & Hahm, J. (2010). Organizational commitment in the restaurant industry: A research note. Journal of Foodservice Business Research, 13(2).

Upchurch, R. S., DiPietro, R. B., & McLeod, B. (2010). Timeshare vacation club membership—An analysis of program and service relationship. Florida International University (FIU) Hospitality Review, 28(3), 1–20.

Wang, S., Hu, R. & Li, X. (2010). The use of importance-performance analysis for evaluating China as an international tourist destination based on American leisure tourists' perception. Tourism Tribune, 25(5). 44–50. (in Chinese with abstract in English).

Zhong, S., Zhang, J., Li, X., Li, Q., Ren, L., & Liu, Z. (in press). A reformulated directional bias of tourist flow: An analysis of domestic travel of rural residents in China. Tourism Geographies.

2009

Denizci, B., & Li, X. (2009). Linking marketing efforts to financial outcome: An exploratory study in tourism and hospitality contexts. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. 33(2). 211-226.

Hsieh, Y. C., Pearson, T. E., Kline, S. F. (2009) The Moderating Effects of Job and Personal Life Involvement on the Relationship between Work Personal Life Conflict and Intention to Quit. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism 8 (1), 1-14.

Hyllegard, K., Ogle, J., Littrell, M., Matheson, J., Miller, J., Rouner, D., Rudd, N., Buell, J., Bickle, M., & Gustafson, C.. (2009). Building, Delivering, and Assessing Undergraduate Curriculum in Socially Responsible Advertising and Promotion of Food, fiber and related Products. [Abstract]. Proceedings from the 2009 NACTA/SERD conference. Available at http://nactateachers2009.okstate.edu/originals/poster_abstracts.pdf

Li, X., Pan, B., Zhang, L. & Smith, W. W. (2009). The effect of online information search on image development: Insights from a mixed method study. Journal of Travel Research. 48(1). 45-57.

Miller, J.; Gustafson, C..; Littrell, M.; Hyllegard, K.; & Ogle, J. (2009). Teaching CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility in Foodservice Organizations. Referred proceedings from the 2009 Foodservice Educators Learning Community conference.

Smith, W. W., Pan, B., Li, X., & Zhang, L. (2009). Conceptualizing the impact of geographic knowledge on trip planning. Tourism Geographies. 11(3). 350-368

Suboleski, S., Kincaid, C.S., & DiPietro, R. B. (2009). An exploratory study of multi-unit restaurant management training: A qualitative perspective. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism, 8(2), 199-219.

2008

Bender, B., Partlow, C. & Roth, M. (2008). An examination of strategic drivers impacting U.S. multinational lodging corporations. International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, 9(3), 219-243.

Dickerson, J. P. & Kline, S. F., (2008) The early career impact of the co-op commitment in hospitality curricula. Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism. 8 (1) 3-22.

DiPietro, R. B., & Milman, A. (2008). Retention Factors of Hourly Employees in the Casual Dining Restaurant Segment. International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, 9(3), 244-266.

DiPietro, R. B., & Pizam, A. (2008). Employee Alienation in the Quick Service Restaurant Industry. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 32(1), 22-39.

DiPietro, R. B., Rompf, P., Breiter, D., Godlewska, M. (2008). Destination selection variables: A comparison among members of three event management associations. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 9(4), 258-276.

DiPietro, R. B., Severt, D., Welsh, D.H.B., & Raven, P.V. (2008). Franchisee Leadership Traits vs. Manager Leadership Traits An Exploratory Study Comparing Hope, Leadership, Commitment and Service Quality Delivery. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 4(1), 63-78.

Frash, Jr. R., Kline, S.F., Almanza B., & Antun, J., (2008) Support for a Multi-Level Evaluation Framework in Hospitality Training. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism, 7(2) 197-219.

Grünhagen, M., DiPietro, R. B., Stassen, R.E., & Frazer, L. (2008). The Effective Delivery of Franchisor Services: A Comparison of U.S. and German Support Practices for Franchisees. Journal of Marketing Channels, 15(4), 315-335.

Gustafson, C.. M. (2008). Instructor’s Manual for Hospitality: An Introduction, 13th edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7575-5268-7. 800+ pages. (Published separately; supplements Hospitality: An Introduction (13th ed.) Brymer, R. & Hashimoto, K. (Ed)).

Hsieh, Y. C., Kline, S. F. & Pearson, T. E., (2008) Lodging managers, perception of work and personal life: Balanced or imbalanced? International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration. 9 (1) 18-35.

Kline, S. F., Adler, H., Ghiselli, R. & Huang, S. (2008) General managers in mid scale hotels: Are they Plateaued? Florida International University (FIU) Hospitality Review. 26 (1), 21-31.

Kline, S. F. & Harris, K. (2008) ROI is MIA: Why are hoteliers failing to demand the ROI of training. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.20 (1), 45-59.

Kock, G., Hara, T., Breiter, D., DiPietro, R. B. (2008). Proposing a regional impact based feasibility study framework for convention centers: A quantitative analysis of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 9(4), 309-340.

Li, X., Cheng, C-K., Kim, H., & Petrick, J. (2008). A systematic comparison of first-time and repeat visitors via a two-phase online survey. Tourism Management. 29(2). 278-293.

Rivera, M., DiPietro, R. B., Murphy, K.S., Muller, C.C. (2008). Multi-Unit Managers: Training Needs and Competencies for Casual Dining Restaurants. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 20(6), 616-630

2007

Brizek, M.G., Partlow, C.G., & Nguyen, L.A. (2007). S. Truett Cathy: From young entrepreneur to industry leader. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, 19(4), 7-10.

DiPietro, R. B. (2007). Management Retention Factors in the School Foodservice Industry. FIU Hospitality Review, 25(1), 10-21.

DiPietro, R. B., & Condly, S. J. (2007). Employee turnover in the hospitality industry: An analysis based on the CANE model of motivation. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism, 6(1), 1-22.

DiPietro, R. B., Murphy, K.S., Rivera, M., & Muller, C.C. (2007). Multi-Unit Management Key Success Factors in the Casual Dining Restaurant Industry: A Case Study. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 19(6/7), 524-536.

DiPietro, R. B., & Strate, M. (2007). Management Perceptions of Older Employees in the U.S. Quick Service Restaurant Industry. Journal of Foodservice Business Research, 9(2/3), 169-186.

DiPietro, R. B., Thozur, S., & Milman, A. (2007). Employee Retention Factors in the United Kingdom Quick Service Restaurant Industry. Journal of Foodservice Business Research, 10(4), 39-61.

DiPietro, R. B., Wang, Y., Rompf, P., & Severt, D. (2007). At Destination Visitor Information Search. International Journal of Tourism Research, 9, 175-188.

DiPietro, R. B., Welsh, D.H.B., Raven, P.V., & Severt, D. (2007). A Measure of Hope in Franchise Systems: Assessing Franchisees, Top Executives, and Franchisors. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 13(3), 61-68.

Gustafson, C.. M. & Cannon, D. F. (2007). Training and professional development in clubs. In J. Perdue (Ed.), Contemporary club management, 2nd edition (pp. 278-313). Lansing, MI: Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. ISBN # 978-0-86612-286-3.

Gustafson, C.atherine M. and Ninemeier, Jack D. (2007). Club food and beverage operations. In J. Perdue (Ed.), Contemporary club management, 2nd edition (pp. 338-389). Lansing, MI: Educational Institute of American Hotel and Lodging Association. ISBN # 978-0-86612-286-3.

Li, X., & Petrick, J. (2008). Reexamining the dimensionality of brand loyalty: The case of the cruise industry. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. 25(1). 68-85.

Li, X., & Petrick, J. (2008). Examining the antecedents of brand loyalty from an investment model perspective. Journal of Travel Research. 47(1). 25-34.

Li, X., Petrick, J. & Zhou, Y. (2008). Towards a conceptual framework of tourists’ destination knowledge and loyalty. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism.8(3). 79-96. (Research Note).

Li, X., & Petrick, J. (2008). Tourism marketing in an era of paradigm shift. Journal of Travel Research. 46(3). 235-244.

Li, X., & Petrick, J. (2007). Benchmarking destinations via DMO websites: A methodological process. Tourism Analysis. 12(4). 271-285.

Kline, S. F., & Hsieh, Y. C. (2007). Wage differentials in the lodging industry: A case study. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism. 6 (1) 69-84.

Muller, C.C., & DiPietro, R. B. (2007). A Theoretical Framework for Multi-Unit Management Development in the 21st Century. Journal of Foodservice Business Research, 9(2/3), 7-26.

Murphy, K.S., DiPietro, R. B., & Murmann, S. (2007). A Proposed Research Agenda For The Refinement of the High Performance Work System Construct in the U.S. Restaurant Industry. International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, 8(4), 99-116.

Pan, B., Li, X., Zhang, L., & Smith, W. (2007). An exploratory study on the satisfaction and barriers of online trip planning to China: American college students’ experience. Journal of Hospitality and Leisure Marketing. 16 (1/2). 203-226.

Petrick, J., Li, X., & Park, S. (2007). Cruise passengers’ decision-making processes. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. 23(1). 1-14.

Severt, D., Xie, L., & DiPietro, R. B. (2007). Determinants of Employee Turnover Intentions: A Case Study of University Food Service. Journal of Foodservice Business Research, 10 (3), 25-56.

Shani, A., & DiPietro, R. B. (2007). Vegetarians: A Typology for Foodservice Menu Development. FIU Hospitality Review, 25(2), 66-74.

2006

Li, X., & Petrick, J. (2006). A review of festival and event motivation studies. Event Management. 9(4). 239-245. (Research Note).

Li, X., & Vogelsong, H. (2006). Comparing methods of measuring image change: A case study of a small-scale community festival. Tourism Analysis. 10(4). 349-360.

Ferreira, R. R. & Gustafson, C.. M. (2006). Declining memberships during an economic downturn in U. S. private clubs. International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, 7 (2/3), 51-66.

Ferreira, R. R. & Gustafson, C.. M. (2006). Select performance differences in equity and non-equity membership structures within private clubs. International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, 7 (2/3), 63-79.

Gustafson, C.atherine M. (2006). Club Operations and Performance Review. Alexandria, VA: Club Managers Association of America. ISBN # 1-889568-44-1. 2,327 pages.

Gustafson, C.. M. (2006). Instructor’s manual: Classroom tools and supplemental materials for Hospitality and Tourism, 12th edition. (This Instructor’s Manual was written as a supplement to Hospitality and tourism (12th ed.) Brymer, R. A. (Ed)). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing. ISBN 0-7872-9843-3. 800+ pages.

Books and Book Chapters

2012
Jones, T., Millar, M., & Yang, L. T. (2012). Chapter 9: Implementing environmental sustainability in the global hospitality, tourism, and leisure industries: Developing a comprehensive cross-disciplinary curriculum, in Johnston, L.F. (ed.) Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges, and Opportunities from Across the Curriculum. Taylor & Francis/Routledge, UK.

2006
Gustafson, C. M. (2006). Club Operations and Performance Review. Alexandria, VA: Club Managers Association of America.

Harrill, R. (2006). Guide to Best Practices in Southern Tourism and Destination Management. Washington, DC: Southern Governors' Association.

External Research Grants

2013

Harrill, R., Brown, M., Ballouli, K., Li, X. A Comprehensive Visitor Profile, Economic Impact and Destination Image Study for Patriots Point and the USS Yorktown. ($32,000). Sponsor: Patriots Point Development Authority.

2011

DiPietro, R. B., PI. (2010–2014). University of Aruba Project—Research and Teaching Grant. Sheryl Kline, CoPI. $683,424.

DiPietro, R. B., PI. (2010–2020). Bonnaroo Group Research Grant. $2,500 per year, $25,000 total.

Li. X., Hsu, C., & Lawton, L.. (July 2010–present). Examining local residents' perceived socio-economic impacts of the Expo 2010 Shanghai, China. Jointly funded by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, P. R. China; School of Tourism, Leisure, Hotel and Sport Management/Centre for Tourism, Sport and Service Innovation Research (TSSI), Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia; and College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, University of South Carolina. Approximately $16,067.2 in total.

Kline, S., & Strick, S. (2011, February). Introduction to Master Sommelier—one of six hospitality programs in the U.S. that will offer the Introduction to Master Sommelier course to its students.  Three Master Sommeliers will donate their time to teach the introductory course to 30 HRTM undergraduate students. This two-day intensive seminar (normally $495 per person), will be taught as part of HRTM 590W Advanced Wine. Upon successful completion of the final examination students received a certification that is recognized across the industry. Wine donated by Ben Arnold Beverage Distribution Company. $3,066 (in kind).

2010

Crews. T B., DiPietro, R. B., Gustafson, C. M., & Strick, S. (November 2009–March 2010). Social Networking Sites in the Restaurant Industry, Sloan Foundation. $30,000.

Harrill, R., & et al. (2010). CEIR Index 2010 Edition. Center for Exhibition Industry Research, Center of Exhibition Industry Research. $46,000.

Kline, S., & Strick, S. (2010, February). Introduction to Master Sommelier—one of six hospitality programs in the U.S. that will offer the Introduction to Master Sommelier course to its students.  Three Master Sommeliers will donate their time to teach the introductory course to 30 HRTM undergraduate students. This two-day intensive seminar (normally $495 per person), will be taught as part of HRTM 590W Advanced Wine. Upon successful completion of the final examination students received a certification that is recognized across the industry. Wine donated by Ben Arnold Beverage Distribution Company. $2,500 (in kind)

Li. X., & Harrill, R. (November 2009–November 2010). Establishing a Japan travel trade barometer program. Jointly funded by the National Tour Association and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel & Tourism Industry Center. $75,000. Additional project subscribers: U.S. Department of Commerce/Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI), NYC & Company; California Tourism Commission; Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Colorado Tourism Office.

Harrill, R., Li, X., Brown, M., Nagel, M., & Cardon, P. (March 2009 –July 2010). A development and economic impact study of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, including the Edgefield and Blackville Discovery Centers. Funded by the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel & Tourism Industry Center. $99,000.

Li, X., & Harrill, R. (September, 2008–September, 2010). An evaluation of the Japanese outbound tourism market. Jointly funded by U.S. Department of Commerce/Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI), National Tour Association, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel & Tourism Industry Center. $104,997. Additional project sponsors: Hawaii Tourism Authority; NYC & Company; Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; California Tourism Commission.

Strick, S., PI. (2010, April). Ben Arnold Beverage Distribution. $7,500.

Strick, S., PI. (2010, April). Court of Master Sommeliers Scholarship. $3,000.

Strick, S., PI. (2010, July). Scholarhip Tour. Banfi. $11,000.

Strick, S. (2010). Banfi Vineyards Gastro-enological Scholarship Tour to Italy—Tour of Italian Wine Country sponsored by Banfi Wines. Two students and one faculty member  joined five other universities and  spent 10 days in Italy touring the wine producing regions of the country and visiting  related industries such as Olive Oil factories, Balsamarias, pasta factories and Parmesan producers. Banfi Wines, $17,500.

2009

Cardon, P. W., & Harrill, R. (2009). Co-PIs. Soldiers and family satisfaction with Graduation Family Day at Fort Jackson, Fort Jackson Army Base, $5,000.

Crews, T. B., Gustafson, C. M., Strick, S., & DiPietro, R. B., Co-PIs. (2009). The use of social networking sites in the restaurants. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center. $10,000.

DiPietro, R. B., PI. (2009). Funded research project. Hooter's Management Company. $4,033.

DiPietro, R. B., PI. (2009). Great American Bake Sale (GABS) Grant, written for Orange County Public Schools Foodservice and Nutrition Department. $10,000.

Harrill, R. (2009). A membership satisfaction survey for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Project surveyed chamber members' satisfaction with specific events and programs. Based on the results, the chamber formulated a new strategic direction. Sponsor: Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. $3,500.

Harrill, R., & Carpenter, J. (2009). A tourism marketing plan for the Salkehatchie Region. A marketing plan for South Carolina's Salkehatchie region, including the identification of media, messages, promotion schedules, and revenue generators. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture. $20,000.

Harrill, R., Li, X., Brown, M., Nagel, M., and Cardon, P. W. (2009). A development and economic impact study of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. In partnership with Clemson University's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. Sponsor: South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. $100,000.

Li, X. & Harrill, R. (2009). Establishing a Japan travel trade barometer program. Jointly funded by the National Tour Association and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center. $75,000.

Strick, S., PI. (2009, May). Ben Arnold Beverage Distribution. $7,500.

Strick, S., PI. (2009, May). Court of Master Sommeliers Scholarship. $3,000.

Strick, S., PI. (2009, July). Scholarhip Tour. Banfi. $18,400.

Turk-Sirakaya, E., PI. Uysal, M., Co-PI. (2009, October). Economic impacts of Riverbank Zoo and Botanical Gardens. $27,000.

2008

DiPietro, R. B. (2008–2013). Agricultural Research Division Hatch Grant. "The impact of human resources policies and practices on the motivation and employee turnover intent in the hospitality industry." $120,000.

DiPietro, R. B., PI. (2008). Funded research project. Hooter's Management Company. $4,070.

DiPietro, R. B. (2008–2009). University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Work Team Grant. "'Green' tourism in the State of Nebraska: Extending and improving resources." $7,300.

Gustafson, C. M., PI. (2008). Club Managers Association of America funded research to examine types of internships offered in private clubs. $1,000.

Harrill, R. (2008). Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel Grant. Panel of four travel and tourism scholars attended the Institute for Operations Research and Management Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. $4,450.

Harrill, R., Brown, M., & Bernthal, M. (2008). The cost effectiveness of exhibition participation. This project explored the financial benefits of national exhibition participation for attendees in the form of lead identification and cultivation. Sponsor: Center for Exhibition Industry Research. $50,990.

Harrill, R., Turk-Sirakaya, E., & Kline, S. F. (2008). Brand America: Understanding Tourism Images and Quality Expectations of Travelers. Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center. $90,000.

Hudson, S. (2008). Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research to study product placement and its influence on children. $35,665.

Li, X. & Harrill, R. (2008, September–present). An evaluation of the Japanese outbound tourism market. Jointly funded by U.S. Department of Commerce/Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), National Tour Association, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center. $104,997.

Li, X., Uysal, M., & Harrill, R. (2008, March–2009, February). American baby boomers' travel behavior and destination preferences. Funded by the China National Tourism Administration. $30,000.

Strick, S., PI. (2008, May). Ben Arnold Beverage Distribution. $7,500.

Strick, S., PI. (2008, October). Ben Arnold Beverage Distribution. $7,500.

Strick, S., PI. (2008, May). Court of Master Sommeliers Scholarship. $7,500.

Strick, S., PI. (2008, October). Court of Master Sommeliers Scholarship. $3,000.

Strick, S., PI. (2008, July). Scholarhip Tour. Banfi. $16,500.

2007

DiPietro, R. B. PI. (2007). Funded research project. Hooter's Management Company. $5,639.

DiPietro, R. B. PI. (2007). Funded research project. NACE (National Association of Catering Executives). $66,950.

Gustafson, C. M. (2007, October). Faculty Advisor. The Carolinas Chapter of Club Managers Association of America provided grant to assist students in the USC–CMAA Student Chapter with conference related expenses. $900.

Gustafson, C. M. PI. (2007). The Carolinas Club Foundation awarded to assess the needs of hospitality students and determine the challenges they encounter during industry networking events. $1,000.

Harrill, R. (2007). A feasibility study for open studio development in Olde Town Conyers, Georgia. A downtown planning and redevelopment project that focused on increasing arts tourism through the creation of an open studio district. Sponsor: Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council. $21,000.

Harrill, R. (2007). A strategic tourism development and marketing plan for Kershaw County. Project included asset inventory and evaluation, economic impact, and market segmentation of visitors most likely to visit Kershaw County and historic Camden, South Carolina. Emphasis on developing economic impact scenarios for future decision-making. Sponsor: Kershaw County Administrator's Office. $20,000.

Harrill, R. (2007). Best practices in southern tourism and destination management. Project documented 16 best-practice case studies in tourism. Sponsor: Southern Governors' Association. $27,000.

Harrill, R., & Li, X. (2007, September–2008, May). A strategic tourism plan for the Salkehatchie Region, South Carolina. Funded by the Western Carolina Higher Ed. Commission and USDA. $30,000.

Harrill, R., & Li, X. (2007, June–2009, May). Evaluating China outbound tourism market. Jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel and Tourism Industry Center. Li as the project manager. $170,206.

Hudson, S. (2007). URGC Travel Grant to present conference paper in Las Vegas. $1,800.
Strick, S., PI. (2007, July). Scholarhip Tour. Banfi. $18,400.

Turk-Sirakaya, E. (2007, January–August). Recipient of U.S. State Department, Fulbright Scholarship Grant, traveled to St. Petersburg to conduct seminars in international tourism, marketing, branding, and sustainable tourism and teach formal courses in tourism marketing and international marketing, and presentation of papers related to branding Russia. $27,700.

2006

Gustafson, C. M. (2006, October). Faculty Advisor. The Carolinas Chapter of Club Managers Association of America provided grant to assist students in the USC-CMAA Student Chapter with conference related expenses. $1,000.

Hudson, S. (2006). SSHRC Grant to study tourism constraints and ethnicity. $84,761.

Kline, S. F. (2006). Professional Convention Managers Association Education Foundation/Crisis Management Preparedness for the meeting planning industry: A white paper. $3,000.

Li, X., & Harrill, R. (2006, November–2007, July). Examining the antecedents of tourist destination loyalty: The case of South Carolina. Jointly funded by College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, University of South Carolina, and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. $9,950.

Littrell, M., Hyllegard, K., Ogle, J., Bickle, M. C., Gustafson, C. M., Buell, J., & Rudd, N. (2006). United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Challenge Grant. "Socially responsible advertising and promotion of food, fiber and related products: Developing an integrated set of undergraduate courses." The collaborative project includes three institutions: Colorado State University, University of South Carolina, and The Ohio State University. $448,504.

Strick, S., PI. (2006, July). Scholarhip Tour. Banfi. $18,400.

Turk-Sirakaya, E., PI. (2006–2007). "Developing an electronic tourism research bulletin." Supported by Canadian Tourism Commission, TTRA and Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences. $30,000.

Turk-Sirakaya, E., PI. (2006, February–August). Measuring the impact of travel on racial prejudice of German tourists visiting Turkey. The EuropeanCenter at Texas A&M University. $3,000.