Presenter Bios

Whitney Knollenberg is a Ph.D. candidate in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include political leadership in tourism, tourism planning, and the role of policy, power, and partnerships in tourism development.

Professor Nancy Gard McGehee is Head of the HTM Department, Virginia Tech. She has worked in the areas of rural tourism/volunteer tourism for two decades in such varied locations as Australia, Mexico, and Haiti. She is the 2014 recipient of Virginia Tech’s Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research.

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An Introduction to a Model of Political Leadership in the Context of Tourism Advocates