Alan Lew

Alan A. Lew is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation at Northern Arizona University where he teaches courses in geography, urban planning and tourism development. His tourism research interests focus on tourism in Asia, particularly in China and Southeast Asia. He has authored over 60 articles and book chapters and has published several books, including Tourism in China (1995 and 2003), Sustainable Tourism: A Geographical Perspective (1998), Tourism and Gaming on American Indian Lands (1998), Companion to Tourism (2004), Seductions of Place (2005), World Geography of Travel and Tourism (2008), and Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts: An Integrated Approach (2009).

Professor Lew is the founding editor-in-chief of the academic journal,Tourism Geographies, and serves as the webmaster for the tourism groups of the International Geographical Union and the Association of American Geographers. He has been the international organizer for academic tourism conferences in China (every two years since 2001) and has recently started a conference series on tourism in tropical island and coastal regions, with first conference for which took place in Martinique in 2011. He has been using the internet in his teaching since 1995 and most of his classes are now taught online using Web 2.0 tools and podcasting. Alan Lew’s classes, publications, blogs and other activities can be found at