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Young Hoon Kim, Ph.D.
Dr. Young Hoon Kim is an educator, consultant, speaker, and researcher in the Convention and Event Management. He is currently serving as a Professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of North Texas (UNT). He travels more than 100,000 miles every year to reach out to inspire students, consult with clients, and explore new findings with researchers in the field. With more than 30 years of industry and academic experience, he holds a Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration from Texas Tech University, and both Masters and B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management from the University of South Carolina.
His primary research focus is community engagement for the destinations, as structured through convention and visitor bureaus and other community organizations. He has published approximately 200 articles, book, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Currently, he is involved in several projects including “A Destination Development; A Case Study of DMZ in Korea,” “and the “Buddhist and Temple Tourism” with UNWTO, and “Sport Event and Its Social and Economic Impact” with CVBs in DFW area.
Dr. Kim has served on the editorial board member for journals; as a reviewer for more than ten leading hospitality, tourism, and business journals; as a reviewer for national and international conferences; and as an editor of a book review. As an extension of his scholarly work, he has partnered with many national and international convention and visitors bureaus to enhance local community development. He has been very actively involved in many research projects and built a strong with industry partners. In addition, he has been actively engaged in many “Community Engaged Sustainability and Tourism” conferences and projects, such as P3 Conference with CATIE in Costa Rica and MICE conference and Forum in Thailand. Recently, he received the UNT Foundation Community Engagement Award which recognizes one UNT faculty whose careers are marked by sustained activities that systematically and effectively advance mutual university-community engagement, successfully address important community issues through collaborative initiatives, and create intellectual products respected by peers within and beyond the academy. He lives in Denton, Texas with his lovely wife Sunny and two daughters, Ah-young and Ha-young.