John Salazar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | UGA Hospitality Management
John P. Salazar, Ph.D., is the Coordinator of the University of Georgia Hospitality & Food Industry Management Major and an Associate Professor of Hospitality Management. Prior to this appointment he was a Tenured Full Professor in the Department of Hospitality Management at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and Director of the University’s Lowcountry and Resort Islands Tourism Institute (LRITI). He has also been a hospitality management faculty member and tourism research director for The University of Tennessee and also held faculty positions at Southern Illinois University and University of South Alabama. Dr. Salazar’s research focuses on hospitality human resource management, destination management and marketing, and festival and event management. He has conducted research for companies such as Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Point Clear Holdings Hotels and Resorts, Radisson Hotels, Country Club of Detroit, and Philadelphia Country Club. He has also conducted research for local, state, and regional tourism agencies throughout the U.S as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation.
He is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications, proceedings and presentations, has been awarded more than 180 grants and contracts totaling over $1.1 million in funding. Dr. Salazar has also served as past Chapter President of the Southeast Travel and Tourism Research Association, and also Director of Research for the Southeast, Central and South America Federation of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education for 2012-13.
Dr. Salazar teaches Hospitality Management, Hospitality Finance, Hospitality Strategic Management, Hospitality Marketing and Sales, and Destination Marketing.