Jacey Choe, an assistant professor of the Department of Integrated Resort and Tourism Management from the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau (UM), recently received the Young Scientist Award at the Ninth International Conference on Tourism (ICOT), for her paper titled ‘Food neophobia and tourists’ local food experiences’.

The author explored whether tourists have different levels of food neophobia according to their socio-demographic and examined the impact of food neophobia on tourists’ food consumption values and behavioral intention for food tourism. Practically, tourism marketers can achieve a competitive advantage by understanding food neophobia through this paper.

Held in Portugal (June 26 – 29, 2019), the ICOT 2019 attracted tourism professionals, academics, policy makers, consultants, government officials, and postgraduate students, who exchanged ideas on various topics related to tourism. Young Scientist Award intends to recognize the papers of exceptional merit by young persons accepted and presented at the conference. Awards are selected by the scientific committee of ICOT.