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Zongqing Zhou, Ph.D.

Zongqing Zhou, Ph.D.

Professor Zhou

Professor & President of International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE)

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Dr. Zhou is a professor at the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (formerly, the Institute of Travel, Hotel and Restaurant Administration), Niagara University. He is currently the President of the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators. He received his Ph.D. degree in Tourism from Michigan State University. His first Master's degree was in English Linguistics conferred by Fujian Normal University and the second Master's degree was in Telecommunications given by Michigan State University. In 2004, Dr. Zhou published his first textbook (the first, too, in the field), “Ecommerce and Information Technology in Hospitality and Tourism”. His second book of which he is the Editor was published in 2014, which is a volume in a series publication entitled “Hospitality and Tourism Management: Series on Western Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.” He is currently working on his third book, "Internet Marketing in Hospitality and Tourism."

Dr. Zhou has a long history of serving his own profession. He is the consulting editor of the International Journal of Hospitality and Event Management. Currently, he is also serving on the editorial boards of:

  • Information Technology in Hospitality (formerly, The International Journal of Hospitality Information Technology). (since 1998)
  • Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism Education (since 2000)

He also served as the consulting editor and on the editorial board of

  • Journal of Travel Research (2000-2004)

Other professional services include serving as a guest reviewer for

  • Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing (since 1998)
  • International Journal of Hospitality Management (since 2006)

Dr. Zhou has received various awards and honors from professional organizations, including The 2003 Outstanding I-CHRIE Refereed Paper Reviewer Award for his contribution to the I-CHRIE annual conferences. In 2000, his paper "The Changing Role of the Travel Agents" received the best paper award in the I-CHRIE annual conference. He was also a member of the Board of Directors, ISTTE (International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators) from 2001-2003 and was the former Newsletter Editor for the same organization. He is now president of ISTTE.

In recent years, Dr. Zhou has engaged in international outreaching activities. He has been officially conferred as a Guest Professor at the Fujian Normal University and at the Dalian Nationalities University. He has been invited to teach at South China University of Technology and to conduct research and seminars at Xiamen University, Fujian Normal University, Hohai University, and Harbin Institute of Technology, to name a few. In 2008, he started a Study Abroad in China Program in collaboration with Purdue University.

To conclude his biography, Dr. Zhou would like to share with all CHTM alumni as well as all cyber-friends his two favorite axioms, one from ancient wisdom, the other from his own logical reasoning:

To err is human.

To be human, please err!