Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, Visiting Professor of Tourism Studies Virginia Tech University
Dr. Lamoureux has been a leader in the area of professional and academic education for almost 20 years. Most recently, she was the executive director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS) and a research professor of business and tourism studies at The George Washington University School of Business. Under her leadership, IITS has grown to be known as one of the most significant tourism research centers in the world. Lamoureux is involved in many projects focusing on tourism in developed and developing countries and with indigenous populations around the world, including in the United States, Jordan, Honduras, Belize, Egypt, Mali, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, and Spain. She also has served as a consultant for the US Department of Interior, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, USAID, World Bank, UN World Tourism Organization, US Environmental Protection Agency, Ecotourism Society, and Conservation International.
Lamoureux’s primary focus areas include economic development, tourism workforce development, capacity building, sustainable tourism, culture-heritage tourism, volunteer tourism, accreditation, destination management, public-private partnerships, and rural and/or tribal community tourism development. She is active in the professional hospitality and tourism community, having served on several advisory boards, including for the Destination Marketing Association International’s Destination Marketing Accreditation Program and the Sustainable Tourism International Board of Regents’ Educational Programs.
She also serves as an adviser to the Adventure Travel Trade Association and American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. Lamoureux received a BS from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, as well as an MTA (Master of Tourism Administration) and a PhD in business administration with a focus on strategic management and tourism from The George Washington University.