• Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
  • RETI RETI The Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative
  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

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Research Associate

Huili Hao

Huili Hao

Research Associate
Center for Sustainable Tourism
RW-208C Rivers Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858
Voice:  252-737-2282 Fax:  252-328-4963

Community Outreach Interests

My interests lie in the area of assisting communities with the sustainable planning and development of tourism resources. I have experience accessing , analyzing and evaluating the nature base assets and culture tourism in rural communities.I am especially interested in working with different stakeholder group in tourism_dependent counties on their attitude towards impact of tourism and second home development as well as their attachment to the community.

Research Interests

  • Impact of tourism and second home development on community life;

  • Importance of sustainable actions in the future success of community's tourism economy;

  • Impacts of climate ans weather on property valuation/use and recreational choices;

  • Support for future tourism development;

  • Community attachment.

I have also served as Principle Investigator on a project through the NC sea Grant program regarding oil spill and tourism businesses, and as Co-Principle Investigator on another NC Grant research on tourism impact and sustainability.

Notable Publications / Grants

Hao, H., Long, P., and Kleckley, J. (2011). “Factors Predicting Homeowners’ Attitudes toward Tourism: A Case of a Coastal Resort Community”. Journal of Travel Research, first publish on November 19, 2010. DOI: 10.1177/0047287510385463.

Long, P., Ireland, M., Alderman, D. and Hao, H. “Rural Tourism and Second Home Development: The Case of Colorado.” (2011). In Handbook of Tourism and Quality of Life Research.  Springer Publishers & International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.

Long, P., Hao, H., Knollenberg, W., Landry, C. and Crawford, T. “Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development in Coastal Communities: A Sustainable Approach”. North Carolina Sea Grant, $69,952. (Funded).

Hao, H., Long, P., Kain, D., Knollenberg, W., Powers, R., Smith, C., and Wilson, K. “Employers’ and Managers’ Perceptions of Drilled Oil Risks for Coastal North Carolina’s Tourism-Impacted Businesses and Organizations.” North Carolina Sea Grant, $4,931. (Funded).

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