Jafar Jafari is Founding Editor, Annals of Tourism Research: A Social Sciences Journal; Chief Editor, Tourism Social Science (book) Series; Co-Chief Editor, Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice book series; Chief Editor, Encyclopedia of Tourism; Co-Founding Editor, Information Technology & Tourism; Co-Founder, TRINET: Tourism Research Information Network; and Founding President, International Academy for the Study of Tourism. A cultural anthropologist (PhD, University of Minnesota, USA) and a hotel administration graduate (BS and MS, Cornell University, USA), with an honorary doctorate from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain) and the recipient of the 2005 United Nations World Tourism Organization Ulysses Award, he is Visiting Professor of the Universitat do Algarve (Portugal) and Sun Yat-sen University (China), international Program Director of the Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain), and faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Department of Hospitality and Tourism (USA).
Honggen Xiao is Associate Professor in the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has had undergraduate (Fujian Normal University, China) and postgraduate (Soochow University, China) trainings in linguistics and literature, and has also earned his Master’s and PhD degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies (University of Waterloo, Canada). His prior work encompasses associate professorship and directorship of The Department of Tourism at Huaqiao University, China, and visiting professorship in The College of Tourism at Rikkyo University, Japan. He advises doctoral studies, and has teaching and research interest in knowledge development, tourism and culture, leisure and society, and China tourism. He is also Subject Index Editor of Annals of Tourism Research.