Presenter Bios

Linda L. Lowry, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Isenberg School at UMass-Amherst. Her research and teaching interests include: social, cultural, and economic impacts of tourism and sustainable development. She is a qualitative researcher and locates herself in the constructionist paradigm.

Elizabeth A. Cartier is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Isenberg School at UMass-Amherst. Her research interests include: host and tourist behavior, tourism culture, and the critical aspects of power and control. Human resources, leadership and tourism are the focus of her teaching.

Robin M. Back is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Isenberg School at UMass-Amherst. His research interests include: wine tourism and marketing, agi/rural tourism and consumer experience tourism. Events management, beverage management, tourism, and services marketing are the focus of his teaching.

John D. Delconte is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass-Amherst. His research interests include wellness and spiritual tourism, sustainability, cultural tourism, and creative place-making.

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Addressing the Need for New Tourism Theory: The Utility of Constructivist Grounded Theory Methodology for Theory Development