Professor in Tourism
Prof. Timothy Lee was awarded a Bachelor's degree from the Seoul National University, Korea, and then moved to the USA to complete an MBA program at the Long Island University in New York. Having worked in a variety of tourism and hospitality industry positions in Manhattan, NY for 7 years, Prof. Lee went to the United Kingdom to be awarded a Master's degree (International Hotel Management) and then a Ph.D. (Tourism Development) at the University of Surrey.
He is a Professor in the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), and an Adjunct Professor at the Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) at Griffith University in Australia. He has published more than 230 research articles in academic journals, books, and conference proceedings including in 100 SSCI-listed journals (More than 100 in A+ or A-tier journals in the ABDC). He has delivered specially invited lectures or keynote speeches 95 times from 20 countries. Prof. Lee was granted to conduct 26 competitive research projects in 5 countries that are valued at more than 4 million US dollars in total. He has successfully supervised 18 Ph.D. research students in tourism studies. His research interests include medical/wellness/health tourism, identity issues in the tourism industry, cultural heritage tourism, and tourism development which incorporate East Asian values.
He is the Founding Director and the Chief Organizer of two international academic conferences that are annually held in different countries: GLOSITH (www.glosith.net) and ICOHOTH (www.icohoth.org). He is a member of the editorial board in the 12 leading academic journals including Tourism Management and Journal of Travel Research. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Tourism Sciences (Taylor & Francis) from 2016 to 2020.
Special Interest Tourism
Event Planning and Management
(Health, Medical, Wellness, Spa tourism)
Cultural heritage tourism
Tourism / Hospitality development, which incorporates East Asian standards
Ethnics issues in tourism and hospitality
Published more than 180 refereed articles in journals (including 50+ in the SSCI-indexed & 50+ in the Australian ABDC tier A* or A listed), books, and conference proceedings
Successfully supervised more than 12 full time PhD students
Editorial board member in 10 quality international academic journals including Tourism Management and Journal of Travel Research
Awarded ‘Outstanding Researcher of the Year in the Asia Pacific University’ for 5 consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017) at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan
Jan. 2001 – Dec. 2004
Awarded Ph.D in Tourism & Hospitality Development, School of Management,
University of Surrey. Guildford, the United Kingdom,
Thesis title: Conflict and collaboration between different stakeholder sectors in heritage
tourism development in a newly industrialised country
Sept. 1998 – Dec. 1999
Awarded Master Degree in International Hotel Management, School of Management, University of Surrey. Guildford, the United Kingdom,
Thesis title: Successful Korean hotels as conference venues
Sept. 1990 – June 1992
Completed Master of Business Administration (MBA),
Long Island University C. W. Post. Brookville, New York, the United States
March 1983 – August 1989
Awarded Bachelor Degree in the Environmental Forestry Science,
Seoul National University. Seoul, South Korea
2020 – Current
Professor, Faculty of Hospitality & Tourism Management,
Macau University of Science & Technology (MUST), Macao SAR, China.
CAUTHE (Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education)
AEIST (Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism)
APTA (Asia Pacific Tourism Association)
ATLAS (European Association for Tourism and Leisure Education)
TOSOK (Tourism Sciences Society of Korea, Vice-President)
TTRA (Travel and Tourism Research Association)
TINA (Tourism Association of Northeast Asia)
Serving as the Founding Director and Chief Organizer of:
GLOSITH (Global Congress for Special Interest Tourism & Hospitality)
ICoHOTH (International Conference of Health-Oriented Tourism).
Published 330 refereed articles (including 120 articles in SSCI-listed journals)
Successfully supervised 20 full-time PhD students
Editorial board member in 12 quality international academic journals including Tourism Management and Journal of Travel Research
Awarded ‘Outstanding Researcher of the Year in the Asia Pacific University’ for the 5 consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017) at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan
Granted research projects
Li, X., & Lee, T. J. (2022). AU$22,000. Strategic regional development in the Southwestern China by activating the tea tourism. Funded from the National Office for Philosophy and Social Science of China. Beijing, China.
Madhyamapurush, W., & Lee, T. J. (2022-2023). AU$237,000. Community development for frog raising innovation to commercial economy animal to building economy and community capital foundations, Phayao Province based on the philosophy of sufficiency economy. Funded from the Program Management Unit - Area based (PMUA), Thailand.
Punnoi, N., Jittithavorn, C., & Lee, T. J. (2020-2021). AU$620,000. MICE industry strategies for promoting creative economy and sustainable city development in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan in Thailand. Funded from the Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) through the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).
Jittithavorn, C., Madhyamapurush, W., & Lee, T. J. (2020-2021). AU$57,000. Economic assessment and designing water management policies for growing jasmine rice in the northern Mekong River Basin. Funded from the National Research Council Thailand (NRCT), Bangkok, Thailand.
Madhyamapurush, W., & Lee, T. J. (2019-2020). AU$56,000. Community product development of Phayao Province to enhance the capability of biological economy and green economy. Funded from the National Research Council Thailand (NRCT), Bangkok, Thailand.
Madhyamapurush, W., & Lee, T. J. (2019-2020). AU$63,000. Tourism and associated products development in Nong Lom Sub-District and Dok Khamtai District. Funded from the Phayao Provincial Government, Phayao, Thailand.
Listed in order of the most recent first (of 4):
4. Pechlaner, H., Lee, T. J., & Dal Bo, G. (2012). New Minorities and Tourism.
Bolzano/Bozen, Italy: European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen. ISBN: 978-88-88906-81-2.
3. Stanciulescu, G., & Lee, T. J. (2011). Tourism Challenges for New Enlarged Europe (Eds.). Bucharest, Romania: ASE Publishing House. ISBN: 978-606-505-402-8.
2. Lee, T. J., & Stanciulescu, G. (2011). Special Interest Tourism for Community Benefits
(Eds.). Bucharest, Romania: ASE Publishing House. ISBN: 978-606-505-404-2.
1. Lee, T. J., & Stanciulescu, G. (2011). Practical Principles in the Tourism and Hotel