Dr. Tadayuki (Tad) Hara


Associate Professor; Senior Research Fellow, Dick Pope Institute of Tourism Studies

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Resume/CV | Expertise: Economic Impact Studies, Tourism Satellite Accounts, Culture Satellite Accounts, Hospitality Finance, Casino Impact Studies, Indian Gaming, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Dr. Tadayuki Hara, an associate professor & senior research fellow at the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies, joined the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in 2005 from School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. From 2008-2010, he served as interim associate dean, and in 2010 was named associate dean of finance and administration. Before his career in academia, he spent 19 years working in global wholesale investment banking and foreign services. He offered MOOC on tourism statistics and tourism satellite accounts to global participants three times since 2013, making it as the first MOOC in tourism and hospitality management field. He teaches fully-streaming video courses.


Ph.D. Hotel Administration Cornell University
M.P.S. Hotel Administration Cornell University
M.S. Regional Science /Peace Science Cornell University
M.B.A Management University of Glamorgan
B.S. Law Sophia University


40 Peer-reviewed publications, 47 peer-reviewed academic presentations, 117 invited publications, 73 National and International presentations (keynote speaker & panelist) by Invitations, 41 organizing roles of academic research activities
One solo-authored technical textbook (Quantitative Tourism Industry Analysis: Introduction to Input-Output, Social Accounting Matrix Modeling and Tourism Satellite Accounts. Butterworth-Heinemann, an imprint of Elsevier Inc, Burlington, MA) and two textbook chapters contributed
Since 2005 at UCF, 15 grants were submitted for total of $505,272 and total of $131,070 over 7 grants has been successfully funded (consulting excluded)
Editorial Board member for Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, International Journal of Tourism Sciences. Associate Editor for Journal of Tourism Economics, Policy and Hospitality Management

Awards & Recognition

2010 University of Central Florida Research Incentive Award (RIA)
2003 Graduate Education & Graduate Students Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism Sage Publication Best Conference Paper Award

Professional Career (Before UCF Rosen College)

Visiting Assistant Professor/ Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Hotel Administration/ Center for Hospitality Research, Cornell University
Assistant Director, & Team leader – the Middle East Peace Process, Near Eastern Bureau, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Tokyo, Japan
Senior Manager, International Business Dept. Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) Head Office, Tokyo, Japan
Representative, Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) Middle East Representative Office, Bahrain
Executive Trainee, under personal mentorship of Mr. John Sharpe, COO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Toronto, Canada
Administrative attaché, Embassy of Japan in Egypt

Community & Professional Services

Treasurer, Association to Preserve Eatonville Community (2009~) hosting one of the largest African-American festival, Zora! Festival in Town of Eatonville, Orange County, FL
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Orlando Hoshuko (Supplementary Japanese Language School, Orlando, FL (2012/4~2015/3)
Advisory Committee Member for International Trend Research on Tourism Statistics, Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) (2008~)
Technical Advisory Board, Tourism Statistics & Tourism Satellite Accounts, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Madrid, Spain, representing Japan (2010 ~)
Founding member, Society of Destination Management Research, Japan (by JTB Foundation, 2010~)
Consultant, Tourism Statistics & Tourism Satellite Accounts, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid, Spain (2013~)
Associate Partner, International Network on Regional Economics, Mobility and Tourism (INRouTe) for United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid, Spain (2010~)

Academic Membership

The Applied Regional Science Conference, Japan (ARSC)
International Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education (CHRIE)
Pan Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies (PAPAIOS)
Regional Science Association International (RSAI)-life time member
Waseda Asia Pacific Service Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan, Visiting Researcher
Society of Destination Management Research, Japan (by JTB-F)

Courses Taught

HFT7715RV Strategies and Tactics in Travel and Tourism
HFT 6738 Tourism Industry Analysis
HFT 6477 Financial Statement Analysis for Hospitality and Tourism
HFT 6476 Feasibility Studies for Hospitality and Tourism Enterprises
HFT4732V Tourism Impact Analysis
HFT4464M, W&V Hospitality Finance
HFT 3700 Tourism Management
HFT 2750 Event Industry