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 Dr. Kaye Chon Honored for Research and 
Education in Hospitality

Will Be First Recipient of the The University of Delaware 
Michael D. Olsen Research Achievement Award
December 7, 2001 - Dr. Kaye Chon, Chair Professor and Head of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been selected as the first recipient of The University of Delaware Michael D. Olsen Research Achievement Award, which honors Dr. Olsen of Virginia Tech for his contribution to the body of hospitality knowledge and for his mentoring of graduate students at Virginia Tech.  
"Dr. Chon is an outstanding choice for this award as a Professor who exemplifies the scholarly record, and contribution to graduate education ideals of a Dr. Olsen," according to Dr. Fred DeMicco, Professor and ARAMARK Chair at the University of Delaware. 

Dr. Michael Olsen added, "Kaye Chon has made a significant contribution to the academy by his stream of research and scholarship in the area of destination marketing."

Dr. Kaye Chon commented, "The recognition is significant to me in several ways. First, I am honored to be named the recipient of the First Michael D. Olsen Award, an award created under the name of the person who has made such an impact in my life and others in our field. Second, it is significant to me because the award will be presented at the conference that I founded -- I must acknowledge that 

Professor Kaye Kye-Sung Chon joined the School of Hotel and Tourism Management in July 2000 as the Chair Professor in Hotel and Tourism Management and concurrently as the Head of School. A former hotel manager
and tourism industry consultant, Professor Chon previously held academic positions at the University of Houston, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Virginia Tech in the United States. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland (A.A.) and Georgia State University (B.S.) and post-graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (MSc) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Ph.D.), all in hospitality and tourism management.

Mike was the source of inspiration behind this conference, which started rather small in 1996 and has since become such an important and major gathering for research and education in hospitality.  Third, it is a tremendous compliment for me to be recognized by peers for my achievements in research and scholarship."

The award is endowed by the University of Delaware's HR&IM program and graduates and friends of Mike Olsen.  Nomination criteria of scholars includes someone who has made a long term contribution to 

  • research and scholarship in hospitality and tourism; 
  • graduate education and mentoring of graduate students; 
  • and overall weight of contribution to the academy, including serving on editorial review boards, developing international symposia and conferences.  
The award will be presented at the Seventh Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Houston at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, the University of Houston, January 3 - 5, 2002. 


Dr. Frederick J. DeMicco
University of Delaware
Rextrew House
Newark, DE  19716

Also See Kaye Chon Appointed Head of Hotel School at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University / June 2000 
James B. Singerling, CEO of Club Managers Association of America, Honored for Support of Hospitality Management by the Univeristy of Delaware / October 2001 

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