Dr. Yeongbae Choe was awarded the young scholar award (1st place) during the 2019 Pan Asia International Tourism Conference (PAITOC 2019). PAITOC 2019 was held at Hannam University in Daejeon, Korea from July 4th-6th, 2019. The conference was organized by TOSOK (Tourism Sciences Society of Korea), which was founded in 1972 and is the first and largest society in Korea studying on hospitality, tourism, and leisure. The theme of PAITOC 2019 is “Transformation and Growth through the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.”

The young scholar award was given to those who graduated in the last 5 years and demonstrated a good research ability and/or potential. The aim of this award scheme is to not only recognize talented young scholars and his/her works but also provide a platform for both young and established researchers to discuss new research trend in hospitality and tourism fields.