Professor Cathy Hsu
Cathy Hsu, APAGS Vice President, is a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining Hong Kong PolyU in July 2001, she was on the Kansas State University (U.S.A.) faculty for three years and on the Iowa State University (U.S.A.) faculty for nine years.
She is the editor and chapter author of the books Casino Industry in Asia Pacific: Development, Operation, and Impact, published in 2006, and Legalized Casino Gaming in the US: The Economic and Social Impact, published in 1999, both by the Haworth Hospitality Press. The former was translated into Chinese and published in Taiwan in 2010. She is the lead author of the books Tourism Marketing: An Asia-Pacific Perspective, published in 2008 by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd., and Marketing Hospitality, published in 2001 by John Wiley and Sons. She also authored two Chinese textbooks on tourism marketing, one published in 2009 by Renmin University Press, Beijing, and one published in 2011 by Yang-Chih Book Co. Ltd., Taiwan. She co-edited the book Tourism and Demography, published by Goodfellow Publishers Ltd. in 2011.
She has conducted research on the use of casinos as a tourism development tool, the economic and social impacts of casino gaming, and tourist/player behaviors in various national and regional contexts. She has obtained numerous extramural and intramural grants and has over 180 refereed publications.
She has served as a consultant to various gaming, tourism, and hotel organizations, such as the World Tourism Organization and Garden Hotels in Guangzhou. She has also been invited by various tourism bureaus and hotel associations to provide an assessment of the potential impacts of legalized gaming in their respective jurisdictions. Furthermore, she has conducted training and strategic planning sessions for gaming operations in recognizing and preventing problem gambling.
In the past few years, she has been invited by various organizations in Taiwan to conduct seminars related to gaming legislation, development, and management. She was appointed by Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation as an expert to the Project Audit Team for Gaming Regulation Development.
Professor Hsu is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism. She also serves on eight journal editorial boards. She received the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award in 2009 and the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educator’s Martin Oppermann Memorial Award for Lifetime Contribution to Tourism Education in 2011.