Dr. Daniel Fesenmaier is Director and Professor of the Eric Friedheim Institute at the University of Florida's Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sports Management in Gainsville. He is also Director of the National Laboratory for Tourism & eCommerce at Temple University. Dr. Fesenmaier is Co-founder of the Tourism Education Futures Institute (TEFI), Fellow at the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, Visiting Fellow at the University of Wollongong's Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research (IIBSoR) in Australia, and Adjunct Professor here at MODUL University Vienna.
Dr. Fesenmaier is the author of over 250 articles dealing with tourism marketing, advertising evaluation, and information technology. He has co-authored a monograph titled Assessing and Developing Tourism Resources, co-edited 5 books, is co-founding editor of an international journal titled Tourism Analysis, and is Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Information Technology and Tourism.
Dr. Fesenmaier has received numerous awards for his teaching and research. In particular, he has been recognized twice for excellence in teaching through the “Incomplete List of Instructors Rated as Excellent by Their Students” at the University of Illinois. For excellence in research, Dr. Fesenmaier has received the King J. McCristal Outstanding Scholars Award from the University of Illinois, the Medal of Exceptional Scholarly Achievement (2007) from the International Academy of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, the Michael. D. Olsen Research Award (2010) from the University of Delaware, Temple University's Faculty Research Award (2010), and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University (2010). Additionally, he has co-authored papers that have received the Best Paper Award in the Journal of Travel Research (2009) and the Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing (2004), as well as Best Conference Paper Awards at ENTER2003, ENTER2004, ENTER2010, at the 8th Annual Graduate Students Conference in Hospitality and Tourism(2003), and at the International Chrie Conference (2008).