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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Minkyung (Min) Park
PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor
Sport and Recreation Studies
Academic Program Coordinator, Tourism and Events Management

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Phone: (703) 993-7194
Fax: (703) 993-3988
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall 211E
4400 University Dr.
MS 4D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Park is an Associate Professor in the field of Tourism and Events Management. Her research interests encompass the human-machine interaction in the tourism and hospitality industry, social impact, fair tourism, ethical consumption and consumer activism. She is also deeply involved in examining the dynamic interplay between societal phenomina and tourism, including aspects like overtourism, social media, and sharing economy. Her expertise extends to areas such as experiential education and generatioal cohorts. In addition to her work in these areas, She has conducted extensive research on tourism growth issues and visitor/destination management in urban areas and rural communities. 

Dr. Park's collaborations with various national and international partners have led to her active involvement in a wide range of research projects. Her academic output comprises over 90 publications including peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, professional presentations, conference proceedings, and technical reports. Her expertise on global and international tourism has garnered recognition, including features in media interviews with outlets such as CGTN, USA Today, Vocie of America-Russia. Since 2012, she has taken on various administrative roles within the Provost Office, including Acting Assistant Vice President for International Campus Operations and Dean of Administration at George Mason University Korea - Mason's international campus situated in Incheon, South Korea. During her 8-year tenure in the Provost Office, she successfully managed the establishment and operation of the international campus, and facilitated a multitude of fruitful collaborations with foreign educational institutions. Her responsibilities included supervising the day-to-day operations of the international campus, directing summer study abroad programs, and establishing cooperative agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs). 

In the 2022-2023 academic year, she served as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Korea, further enriching her academic and cultural exchange endeavors.  

Prior to joining George Mason University in 2006, she held a position as a research manager at the Maryland Office of Tourism Development. In this role, she played a pivotal role in managing a diverse range of research projects, contributing to the creation of numerous research analyses and technical reports.  


Voice of America - Russia (Jan. 4, 2022). USA Today (November 10, 2021), LawnStarter (September 28, 2021), The George (May 3, 2021), Wallethub (March 9, 2021), MoneyGeek (Feb 2, 2022), CGTN (July 17, 2020; March 25, 2020; Feb. 20, 2020)

Research Interests
  • International tourism
  • Human-machine interaction in the tourism and hospitality field
  • Tourism growth issues and sustainability
  • Interplay of tourism with other societal phenomena (e.g., sharing economy, social media)
  • Experiential education
  • Destination management and visitor experience 
  • Social and cultural impacts of tourism
  • Cultural and heritage tourism
  • Globalization and Higher Education
  • International Education
Recent Publications

Park, M., & Daniels, M. (2022). The impact of tour bus cruising and idling on greenhouse gas emissions, Current Issues in Tourism

Park, M., & Jones, T. (2021). Going virtual: The impact of COVID-19 on internships in tourism, events, and hospitality education. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education.      

Jang, H., & Park, M. (2020). Social media, media, and urban transformation in the context of overtourism. International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 233-260. 

Park, M. (2019). The sharing economy, regulations, and the role of local government. International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 158-174.

Daniels, M., Harmon L., Barrow M., Vese, R., & Brayley R.E., Park, M. (2019). Honor Flight: Recognition of preeminent-mature tourists. Annals of Tourism Research, 74(January): 95-107.

Park, M., Derrien, M., Geczi, E., & Stolowski, P.A. (2019). Grappling with Growth: Perceptions of development and preservation in faster- and slower-growing amenity communities. Society & Natural Resources.

Cicchetti, K., & Park, M. (2018). Student affairs and offshore branch campuses: A case study of practitioner experiences. Journal of College Student Development, 59 (2). doi:10.1353/csd.2018.0021.

Daniels, M., Harmon L., Barrow M., Vese, R., Park, M., & Brayley R.E. (2018). Spatial dynamics of tour bus transport within urban destinations. Tourism Management, 64 (February): 129-141.

Daniels, M., Harmon L., Barrow M., Park, M., & Brayley R.E., & Vese, R. (2015). Heritage tourism within a capital city: Symbolism and dissonance. Tourism Review International, 19: 1-18. 

Schiller, A., & Park, M. (2014). The international Campus as prototype for international collaboration: South Koreas Incheon Global Campus. Global Partners in Education Journal, 4(1): 33-40.

Daniels, M. J., Park, M., Harmon, L. & Brayley, R. (2013). Bridging risk management perceptions and processes: The case of the National Mall & Memorial Parks. International Journal of Culture, Tourism, and Hospitality Research, 7(2). 

Jang, E., Park, M., Park, H. (2012). Tourist’s appleal type for international tourism promotional photos of Korea. Korea Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research: Korea Tourism Research Association, 26(6): 23-38.

Park, M., & Oh, C-O. (2011). Exploring influential factors that explain the probability of visiting a destination: The case of state travel information inquiry groups. Tourism Analysis, 16 (6): 693-700.

Harmon, L., Daniels, M. J., Park, M., & Brayley, R. (2011). Is a nations front yard becoming a dumping ground?  A critical analysis of greenspace within the United States National Mall & Memorial Parks. Journal of Tourism and Leisure Studies, 17 (2): 269-291.

Park, M., & Stokowski, P.A. (2011). Casino gaming and crime: Comparisons among gaming counties and other tourism places. Journal of Travel Research, 50 (3): 289-302.

Park, J., Lee, G., & Park, M. (2011). Service quality dimensions perceived by film festival Visitors. Event Management, 15: 49 - 61.

Park, M., Daniels, M., Brayley, R., & Harmon, L. (2010). An analysis of service provision and visitor impacts using participant observation and photographic documentation: The National Cherry Blossom  Festival. Event Management, 14 (2):167-182.

Park, M., Oh, H., & Park, J. (2010). Measuring the experience economy of film festival participants. International Journal of Tourism Sciences, 10 (2): 35-54.

Park, M., & Stokowski, P. A. (2009). Social disruption theory and crime in rural communities: Comparisons across three levels of tourism growth. Tourism Management, 30 (6): 905-915.