The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida has tremendous research capability and experience in the areas of hospitality and tourism internationally. It houses the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies (DPI) as its research arm. Its world-renowned faculty members are involved in a variety of research and consultancy projects, commissioned by private enterprises, governmental agencies and/or public interest groups. Over the years, numerous research and consultancy projects have been conducted for various domestic and international organizations such as: State and local governments (i.e., Florida, Massachusetts and their various counties), the U.S. federal government (i.e., the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Aid), foreign governments (i.e., Israel, New Zealand, Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Japan, China, Aruba, Costa Rica and Curacao), international organizations (i.e., World Travel & Tourism Council, International Hotel & Restaurant Association, American Resort Development Association, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Aruba Timeshare Association, World Bank, World Tourism Organization), private companies at the local, national and international levels including hotels, restaurants, convention bureaus, theme parks, tourist attractions, etc.
The active research contribution of UCF’s Rosen College faculty, which represents the broad spectrum of the hospitality management industry, are well recognized and respected by their peers, making UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management one of the most influential and cutting-edge voices in hospitality and tourism research and education. Over the years, the College has been consistently ranked one of the top programs in research productivity and scholarly activities (Schmidgall, Woods, & Hardigree, 2007; Severt, Tesone, Bottorff & Carpenter, 2009) in the world by peer-reviewed professional publications. Their research contributions can be widely witnessed by top tier journal publications, conference presentations and industry consulting.