Dr. Tom Griffin
Tom is an Assistant Professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Assistant Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Research Institute, external link, opens in new window.
Tom has a PhD in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research interests revolve around Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) travel in general, and specifically immigrants who host visitors and the implications for community development, individual well-being, and the tourism industry. Tom is also interested in Virtual Reality and the impacts on the tourism industry. His research has been published in various tourism journals and presented at international conferences.
Previously Tom was the Manager of Research and Social Responsibility for Tourism Toronto, the regional destination marketer, and has held consultancy positions working for various tourism and community agencies in the UK, Australia, and Canada.
Tom has lectured at several higher education institutions in southern Ontario on subjects including tourism policy, tourism and sustainability, tourism concepts, destination marketing, and tourism research. He strives to engage students in class using different activities and technology to help students be active in the learning process.
Tourism, visiting friends and relatives (VFR) travel, immigration and tourism, destination marketing, tourism research, and tourism policy.