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Travel Industry Management


The mission of the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) is to develop and disseminate travel and tourism concepts, knowledge and skills through excellence and leadership in research, training, outreach and service in a fashion that contributes to economic, social, and environmental sustainability as well as supports and enriches the host culture. With this mission, the school's objectives are threefold: (a) to prepare individuals for leadership and professional positions in the travel industry through education and training, (b) to generate new knowledge in the travel industry through research and graduate education, and (c) to provide service to the community, nation, Asia Pacific region, and beyond. TIM offers two areas of emphasis within the BS program: hotel and resort management and tourism/transportation management. The MS program (thesis and non-thesis) prepares students for careers and leadership roles in the travel industry including tourism, hospitality and transportation management as well as areas covering the entire industry including information technology, international hospitality management, strategic marketing, and global tourism analysis. TIM also offers the Certificate in Sustainable Tourism, designed to provide non-TIM undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of sustainable and responsible tourism principles and practices. Continuing professional education programs are available, including the TIM Neighbor Island Seminars, Executive Development Institute for Tourism, Hawaii International Resort Management Institute, and TIM Custom Training.

TIM is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). The school has earned the Tourism Education Quality (TedQual) certificate designation by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and is considered one of the most respected programs, worldwide, in the field of hospitality, tourism, and transportation management.


TIM has a strong international multidisciplinary perspective with an emphasis on Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. Consultation and coordination with selectors in Special Collections (Hawaiian and Pacific Collections), Government Documents, Asia Collection, Science and Technology, and the Wong A/V Center must occur for strong coverage of the travel industry. Travel industry and tourism materials specific to Asia, Hawaii and the Pacific region are funded by the respective area studies collections. The Government Documents Department acquires materials through the U.S. depository program, including reports and statistics on industry demographics, regulation, industry-wide activities and trends, etc. Many materials for the hospitality and food service industries are covered by the book gathering plan for the Science and Technology Department.

It is important to note that TIM maintains a library collection housed in their Sunset Reference Center (SRC). As such, travel industry resources are collected selectively, generally emphasizing reference material and publications with a broad treatment of the discipline, including transportation as applied to the travel industry.


Language: Primarily English. Asia, Pacific, and Hawaiian language materials are collected by the respective area collections.

Chronological: Primary emphasis is on current developments and data; back files are retained where historical data is used in research or course-work.

Geographic: Primary emphasis is on Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Asia and the United States.

Date of Publication: Emphasis is on current materials; retrospective materials are added only to cover critical gaps or to support new courses or faculty.

Types/Formats of Materials Collected: Monographs, monographic series, working papers, periodicals and periodical indexes are selected for the collection. All formats may be collected, including electronic, print, and microform. Electronic resources include indexes, databases, reference tools, e-books, and so forth. Networked electronic access is preferred for full text journal literature and for indexing and abstracting. Videos are considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Wong A/V Center and TIM faculty.

Treatment: The primary emphasis is on applications (practice and methods), analytical and critical treatments, empirical research reports, statistical data sources, management, administration and marketing, political and governmental roles, and psychological and sociological aspects. Textbooks and popular works are acquired selectively.


TIM also houses the Leong Hop and Bernice C. Loui Computer Laboratory and the Gee Technology Learning Center.

Revised: January 2009, David Flynn

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