UH Manoa professor wins prestigious travel industry award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jul 28, 2009

Pauline J. Sheldon, a professor at the UH Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management, has been awarded the Travel and Tourism Research Association‘s (TTRA) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sheldon accepted the award at TTRA‘s annual conference, which was held June 20-23, 2009, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. She received a plaque, TTRA life membership and complimentary lifetime annual conference registration to all TTRA conferences.
Sheldon‘s award is TTRA‘s highest honor, and is bestowed on an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to association, as well as to the travel and tourism industry in general.

In addition to her outstanding publication record in tourism economics, information technology and tourism sustainability, Sheldon was also recognized for service work at an international level. She founded the Tourism Research Information Network (TRINET), which now links 2,000 tourism researchers around the world, and co-founded the Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI), which is working to infuse values into tourism education worldwide. She also served on the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Education and Science Council, and won the 2008 UNWTO Ulysses Award for her contribution to knowledge creation and dissemination in tourism.

Other long-term contributions include serving as a founding member and president of the Hawaiʻi chapter of TTRA, a board member and chair of the TTRA International‘s awards program, and chair of the BEST Education Network. Sheldon most recently served as president of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, a prestigious group of 75 of the top tourism academies in the world.