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Oklahoma State University

BRIJ THAPA

HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
Professor/Head

365 HUMAN SCIENCES
STILLWATER, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-6713

bthapa@okstate.edu

Education

  • Ph D, Pennsylvania State University, Tourism and Recreation Management, 2000
  • MS, Pennsylvania State University, Tourism and Recreation Management, 1995
  • BS, West Liberty University; West Liberty, West Virginia, Business Administration, 1994

Publications

  • C. Kim, J. Kim, and B. Thapa. (2021). "Leisure-time physical activity and mental well-being: A longitudinal study". Journal of Physical Activity and Health. (doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2020-0300),
  • R. Baniya, B. Thapa, R. Paudyal, and Neupane. (2021). " Motive-based segmentation of international tourists at Gauri Shankar Conservation Area, Nepal ". Journal of Mountain Science. (18), 1, 205-218.
  • S. Kim, S. Slutsky, and B. Thapa. (2021). "Optimal information sharing behaviors among hotels: Game theoretical approach". Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. (45), 2, 283-303.
  • C. Kim, J. Kim, and B. Thapa. (2020). "Bidirectional association between leisure time physical activity and well-being: Longitudinal evidence". Journal of Leisure Research. (51), 5, 559-580.
  • A Tokhais and Brij Thapa. (2020). "Management issues and challenges of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia". Journal of Heritage Tourism. (15), 1, 103-110.
  • D Lee, J Kim, Brij Thapa, and T Stein. (2020). "Measuring beach accessibility for people with ambulatory difficulty". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (38), 1, 106-126.
  • E. Yang, J. Kim, and B. Thapa. (2020). "Online news analytics: An alternative method to explore seasonal issues in National Parks". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (DOI.org/10.18666/JPRA-2020-10580),
  • Brij Thapa and G Parent. (2020). "Tourists' willingness to accept/pay increased entry fees for park improvement projects". Current Issues in Tourism. (23), 3, 265-269.
  • J. Kim, S. Yun, E. Yang, and B. Thapa. (2020). "Valuing recreational beaches: A spatial hedonic pricing approach". Coastal Management. (48), 2, 118-141..
  • R. Baniya, H. Doğru, and B. Thapa. (2020). "Visitor’s experience in Angkor Wat, Cambodia: Evidence from sentiment and topic analysis ". Journal of Heritage Tourism. (DOI:10.1080/1743873X.2020.1833892),
  • R Baniya, Brij Thapa, and M Kim. (2019). "Corporate social responsibility among travel and tour operators in Nepal". Sustainability. (11), 10, e2771.
  • T Souza, Brij Thapa, C Rodrigues, and D Imori. (2019). "Economic impacts of tourism in the protected areas of Brazil". Journal of Sustainable Tourism. (27), 6, 735-749.
  • Brij Thapa. (2019). "Ecotourism education and development in Kazakhstan". Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. (31), 2, 119-124.
  • J Kim, Brij Thapa, and S. Jang. (2019). "GPS-based mobile exercise application: An alternative tool to assess spatio-temporal patterns of visitors' activities in a National Park". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (37), 1, 124-134.
  • Brij Thapa. (2019). "International academic partnership: Case study in South Africa". Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education. (24), 30-37.
  • B Dhakal and Brij Thapa. (2019). "Residents' perceptions of human-elephant conflict: Case study in Bahundangi, Nepal". Environment, Development & Sustainability. (21), 1, 461-481.
  • Brij Thapa and G Parent. (2019). "Scenario-based estimation of visitor demand change for Kafue National Park, Zamb". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (37), 4, 134-145.
  • A Al-Tokhais and Brij Thapa. (2019). "Stakeholder perspectives towards parks and protected areas in Saudi Arabia". Sustainability. (11), 8, e2323.
  • M Puri, K Karanth, and Brij Thapa. (2019). "Trends and pathways for ecotourism research in India". Journal of Ecotourism. (18), 2, 122-141.
  • M Kim, Brij Thapa, and J. Kim. (2018). "Community reactions to tourism development: How does government fairness work?". Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. (61), 9, 1511- 1534.
  • M Kim, Brij Thapa, and S. Holland. (2018). "Drivers of perceived market and eco-performance in the foodservice industry". International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. (30), 2, 720- 739.
  • S Panta and Brij Thapa. (2018). "Entrepreneurship and women empowerment in gateway communities of Bardia National Park, Nepal". Journal of Ecotourism. (17), 1, 20-42.
  • R Paudyal, Brij Thapa, S Neupane, and B. KC. (2018). "Factors associated with conservation participation by local communities in Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project, Nepal". Sustainability. (10), 10, e3488.
  • M Kim and Brij Thapa. (2018). "Factors that influence residents' support for environmental development along the Haeparang Trail, South Korea". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (36), 1, 166-175.
  • Brij Thapa. (2018). "Industry involvement in curriculum development: A case study in Nepal". Industry & Higher Education. (32), 3, 200-206.
  • M Kim, J Kim, and Brij Thapa. (2018). "Influence of environmental knowledge on affect, nature affiliation and pro-environmental behaviors among tourists". Sustainability. (10), 9, e3109.
  • M Kim, Brij Thapa, and H. Kim. (2018). "International tourists' perceived sustainability of Jeju Island, South Korea". Sustainability. (10), 1, e73.
  • N Moswete and Brij Thapa. (2018). "Local communities, CBO/Trust, and people-park relationship: A case study of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana". The George Wright Forum: Journal of Parks, Protected Areas and Cultural Sites. (35), 1, 96-108.
  • M Kim and Brij Thapa. (2018). "Perceived value and flow experience: Application in a nature- based tourism context". Journal of Destination Marketing & Management. (8), 373-384.
  • M Kim and Brij Thapa. (2018). "Relationship of ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility and organizational performance". Sustainability. (10), 2, e447.
  • J Kim, Brij Thapa, S Jang, and E. Yang. (2018). "Seasonal spatial activity patterns of visitors with a mobile exercise application at Seoraksan National Park, South Korea". Sustainability. (10), 7, e2263.
  • M Kim and Brij Thapa. (2018). "The influence of self-congruity, perceived value, and satisfaction influence on destination loyalty: Case study of the Korean DMZ". Journal of Heritage Tourism. (13), 3, 224-236.
  • L Chen, Brij Thapa, and W. Yan. (2018). "The relationship between tourism, carbon dioxide emissions, and economic growth in the Yangtze River Delta, China". Sustainability. (10), 7, e2118.
  • T Souza and Brij Thapa. (2018). "Tourism demand analysis of federal protected areas of Brazil". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (36), 3, 21-Jan.
  • O Omodior, L Pennington-Gray, S Holland, Brij Thapa, and S. Kiousis. (2017). "Chikungunya disease awareness among US travelers to Caribbean destinations". The International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health. (5), 1, 20-27.
  • L Chen, Brij Thapa, J Kim, and L. Yi. (2017). "Landscape optimization in a highly urbanized tourism destination: An integrated approach in Nanjing, China". Sustainability. (9), 12, e2364.
  • O Omodior, L Pennington-Gray, and Brij Thapa. (2017). "Modeling insect-repellent use for Chikungunya disease prevention among US-Caribbean travelers". The International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health. (5), 4, 125-134.
  • S Melendez and Brij Thapa. (2017). "Tourism demand modeling and forecasting for El Salvador". Tourism Analysis. (22), 2, 261- 266.
  • Brij Thapa and J. Lee. (2017). "Visitor experience in Kafue National Park, Zambia". Journal of Ecotourism. (16), 2, 112-130.
  • N Baral, H Hazen, and Brij Thapa. (2017). "Visitor perceptions of World Heritage values at Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, Nepal". Journal of Sustainable Tourism. (25), 10, 1494- 1512.
  • B Herre, M Walker, H Gibson, Brij Thapa, S Geldenhuys, and W. Coetzee. (2016). "Ethnic identity over national identity: An alternative approach to measure the affect of the World Cup on social cohesion". Journal of Sport & Tourism. (20), 1, 41-56.
  • I Cahyanto, L Pennington-Gray, Brij Thapa, S Srinivasan, J Villegas, C Matyas, and S. Kiousis. (2016). "Predicting information seeking regarding hurricane evacuation in the destination". Tourism Management. (52), 264-275.
  • P Parker, Brij Thapa, and A. Jacob. (2015). "Decentralizing conservation and diversifying livelihoods within Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Nepal". Journal of Environmental Management. (164), 96-103.
  • E Castro, T Souza, and Brij Thapa. (2015). "Determinants of destination attractiveness in the National Parks of Brazil". Parks: The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation. (21), 2, 51-62.
  • N Moswete and Brij Thapa. (2015). "Factors that influence residents' support for community- based ecotourism development in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana". Journal of Ecotourism. (12), 2, 243-263.
  • B Herre, M Walker, H Gibson, Brij Thapa, S Geldenhuys, and W. Coetzee. (2015). "Questioning the validity of race as a social construct: An examination of race and ethnicity in the 'Rainbow Nation' (South Africa". African Social Science Review. (7), 1, 24-43.
  • I Cahyanto, L Pennington-Gray, Brij Thapa, S Srinivasan, J Villegas, and C. Matyas. (2014). "An empirical evaluation of the determinants of tourist's hurricane evacuation decision making". Journal of Destination Marketing & Management. (2), 4, 253–265.
  • B Dhakal and Brij Thapa. (2014). "Buffer zone management issues in Chitwan National Park, Nepal". Parks: The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation. (21), 2, 63-72.
  • Brij Thapa. (2013). "A book review of Contemporary Cases in Tourism". Tourism Geographies. (15), 2, 371-374.
  • J Jett, Brij Thapa, and R. Swett. (2013). "Boater speed compliance in manatee zones: A proposed predictive model". Society & Natural Resources. (26), 1, 95-104.
  • J Villegas, C Matyas, S Srinivasan, I Cahyanto, Brij Thapa, and L. Pennington-Gray. (2013). "Cognitive and affective responses of Florida tourists after exposure to hurricane warning messages". Natural Hazards. (66), 1, 97-116.
  • Brij Thapa. (2013). "Environmental management in the lodging and hospitality industries: Review of 3rd Annual Green Lodging & Hospitality Conference". Tourism. (60), 3, 339-345.
  • Brij Thapa. (2013). "Managing protected areas: Global perspectives – Volume 1". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (31), 2, 5-Jan.
  • Brij Thapa. (2013). "Managing protected areas: Global perspectives – Volume 2". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (31), 3, 4-Jan.
  • M Best and Brij Thapa. (2013). "Motives, facilitators, and constraints of environmental management in the Caribbean accommodations sector". Journal of Cleaner Production. (52), 1, 165- 175.
  • B Herre, M Walker, H Gibson, Brij Thapa, S Geldenhuys, and W. Coetzee. (2013). "Power of sport to unite a nation: The social value of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa". European Sport Management Quarterly. (13), 4, 450-471.
  • H Gibson, M Walker, Brij Thapa, K Kaplanidou, S Geldenhuys, and W. Coetzee. (2013). "Psychic income and social capital among host nation residents: A pre-post analysis of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa". Tourism Management. (44), 113-122.
  • K Kaplanidou, K Karadakis, H Gibson, Brij Thapa, M Walker, S Geldenhuys, and W. Coetzee. (2013). "Quality of life, event impacts and mega event support among South African residents before and after the 2010 FIFA South Africa World Cup". Journal of Travel Research. (52), 5, 631-645.
  • M Walker, K Kaplanidou, H Gibson, Brij Thapa, S Geldenhuys, and W. Coetzee. (2013). "Social responsibility, event image, and destination benefits. The case of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa". Tourism Management. (34), 1, 80-90.
  • L Nicholas and Brij Thapa. (2013). "The politics of World Heritage: A case study of the Pitons Management Area, St. Lucia". Journal of Heritage Tourism. (8), 1, 37-48.
  • I Cahyanto, L Pennington-Gray, and Brij Thapa. (2013). "Use of reflexive photography to develop responsible rural tourism in Indonesia". Journal of Sustainable Tourism. (21), 5, 732-749.
  • Brij Thapa. (2013). "Visitor segments and attitudes towards sustainable tourism in protected areas: A case study in Zambia". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (31), 2, 50-60.
  • Brij Thapa, I Cahyanto, S Holland, and J. Absher. (2013). "Wildfires and tourist behaviors in Florida". Tourism Management. (36), 284-296.
  • N Moswete, Brij Thapa, and B. Child. (2012). "Attitudes and opinions of local and national public sector stakeholders towards Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana". International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. (19), 1, 67-80.
  • P Parker and Brij Thapa. (2012). "Natural resource dependency and decentralized conservation within Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project, Nepal". Environmental Management. (49), 2, 435- 444.
  • Brij Thapa. (2012). "Soft-infrastructure in tourism development in Developing Countries". Annals of Tourism Research. (39), 3, 1705-1710.
  • R Gage and Brij Thapa. (2012). "Volunteer motivations and constraints among college students: Analysis of the volunteer function inventory & leisure constraints models". Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. (41), 405-430.
  • Brij Thapa. (2012). "Why did they not visit? Examining structural constraints to visit Kafue National Park, Zambia". Journal of Ecotourism. (11), 1, 74-83.
  • L Pennington-Gray, Brij Thapa, K Kaplanidou, I Cahyanto, and E. McLaughlin. (2011). "Crisis planning and preparedness in the United States tourism industry". Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. (52), 3, 312-320.
  • T Bustam, Brij Thapa, and N. Buta. (2011). "Demographic differences within race/ethnicity group constraints to outdoor recreation participation". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (29), 4, 53-71.
  • P Parker and Brij Thapa. (2011). "Distribution of benefits based on household participation roles in decentralized conservation within Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project, Nepal". Environment, Development and Sustainability. (13), 5, 879-899.
  • M Best and Brij Thapa. (2011). "Environmental management in the Caribbean accommodations sector". Tourism. (59), 2, 145-168.
  • C Matyas, S Srinivasan, I Cahyanto, Brij Thapa, L Pennington-Gray, and J. Villegas. (2011). "Risk perception and evacuation decisions of Florida tourists under hurricane threats: A stated preference analysis". Natural Hazards. (59), 2, 871-890.
  • T Nguyen, P Dwivedi, F Rossi, J Alavalapati, and Brij Thapa. (2011). "Role of social capital in determining conservation attitude: A case study from Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam". International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. (18), 2, 143-153.
  • C Huang, L Pennington-Gray, Brij Thapa, R Phillips, and S. Holland. (2011). "Timeshare owners' perceptions of and preferred ways of participating in tourism planning". Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management. (20), 1, 103-120.
  • A Tasci, L Pennington-Gray, Brij Thapa, and M. Sagas. (2011). "Tourism for peace: Theory put in practice for Turkey and Armenia". Journal of Tourism and Peace Research. (2), 2, 8-Jan.
  • L Pennington-Gray, I Cahyanto, Brij Thapa, E McLaughlin, C Willming, and S. Blair. (2010). "Destination Management Organizations and tourism crisis management plans in Florida". Tourism Review International. (13), 3, 247-261.
  • C Huang, L Pennington-Gray, Y Ko, and Brij Thapa. (2010). "Engaging timeshare owners in tourism destination management: Tourism planning and tourism marketing implications". Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. (27), 1, 14-30.
  • J Jett and Brij Thapa. (2010). "Manatee zone compliance among boaters in Florida". Coastal Management. (38), 2, 165-185.
  • I Cahyanto, L Pennington-Gray, and Brij Thapa. (2010). "Reflections from utilizing reflexive photography to develop rural tourism in Indonesia". Tourism Analysis. (14), 6, 721-736.
  • Brij Thapa. (2010). "The mediation effect of outdoor recreation participation on environmental attitude-behavior correspondence". Journal of Environmental Education. (41), 3, 133-150.
  • L Nicholas and Brij Thapa. (2010). "Visitor perspectives on sustainable tourism development in the Pitons Management Area World Heritage Site, St. Lucia". Environment, Development and Sustainability. (12), 5, 839-857.
  • S Hoehn and Brij Thapa. (2009). "Attitudes and perceptions of indigenous fishermen towards marine resource management in Kuna Yala, Panama". International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. (16), 6, 427-437.
  • R Albritton, T Stein, and Brij Thapa. (2009). "Exploring conflict and tolerance between and within off-highway vehicle recreationists". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (27), 4, 54- 72.
  • L Nicholas, Brij Thapa, and L. Pennington-Gray. (2009). "Public sector perspectives and policy implications for the Pitons Management Area World Heritage Site, St. Lucia". International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. (16), 3, 205-216.
  • J Jett, Brij Thapa, and Y. Ko. (2009). "Recreation specialization and boater speed compliance in Manatee Zones". Human Dimensions of Wildlife. (14), 4, 278-292.
  • L Nicholas, Brij Thapa, and Y. Ko. (2009). "Residents' perspectives of a World Heritage Site: An analysis of the Pitons Management Area, St. Lucia". Annals of Tourism Research. (36), 3, 390-412.
  • S Kim, S Slutsky, and Brij Thapa. (2008). "Information sharing behaviors in price competition model: A case study of hotels in Marion County, FL". Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Research. (13), 1409-1413.
  • G Nyaupane and Brij Thapa. (2006). "Perceptions of environmental impacts of tourism: A case study at Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Nepal". International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. (13), 1, 51-61.
  • Brij Thapa, A Graefe, and L. Meyer. (2006). "Specialization and marine based environmental behaviors among SCUBA divers". Journal of Leisure Research. (38), 4, 601-615.
  • L Pennington-Gray, Y Reisinger, J Kim, and Brij Thapa. (2005). "Do U.S. tour operators' brochures educate the tourist on culturally responsible behaviors? A case study for Kenya". Journal of Vacation Marketing. (11), 3, 256-284.
  • J Cheng, Brij Thapa, and J. Confer. (2005). "Environmental concern and behaviors among coral reef tourists at Green Island, Taiwan". Tourism in Marine Environments. (2), 1, 39-43.
  • J Confer, Brij Thapa, and J. Mendelsohn. (2005). "Exploring a typology of recreation conflict in outdoor environments". World Leisure Journal. (47), 4, 35-47.
  • Brij Thapa, A Graefe, and L. Meyer. (2005). "Moderator and mediator effects of SCUBA diving specialization on marine-based environmental knowledge-behavior contingency". Journal of Environmental Education. (37), 1, 53-67.
  • L Pennington-Gray and Brij Thapa. (2004). "Destination Management Organization and culturally responsible behaviors: An exploratory analysis". Tourism. (52), 2, 183-194.
  • G Nyaupane and Brij Thapa. (2004). "Evaluation of ecotourism: A comparative assessment in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Nepal". Journal of Ecotourism. (3), 1, 20-45.
  • Brij Thapa and A. Graefe. (2004). "Recreation conflict and tolerance among adult skiers and snowboarders". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (22), 1, 37-52.
  • M Floyd, H Gibson, L Pennington-Gray, and Brij Thapa. (2004). "The effect of risk perceptions on intentions to travel in the aftermath of September 11, 2001". Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. (15), 2, 19-38.
  • Brij Thapa. (2004). "Tourism in Nepal: Shangri-la's troubled times". Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. (15), 2, 117-138.
  • Brij Thapa and A. Graefe. (2003). "Forest recreationists and environmentalism". Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. (21), 1, 77-105.
  • Brij Thapa and A. Graefe. (2003). "Level of skill and its relationship to recreation conflict and tolerance among adult skiers and snowboarders". World Leisure Journal. (45), 1, 15-27.
  • L Pennington-Gray, Brij Thapa, and S. Holland. (2002). "Florida residents' constraints to parks and public lands visitation: An assessment of the validity of an intrapersonal, interpersonal and structural model". World Leisure Journal. (44), 4, 51-60.
  • Brij Thapa, A Graefe, and J. Absher. (2002). "Information needs and search behaviors: A comparative study of ethnic groups in the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests, California". Leisure Sciences. (24), 1, 87-107.
  • S Thapa and Brij Thapa. (2002). "Potential applications in Nepal". International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. (9), 3, 239-255.
  • Brij Thapa. (2001). "Environmental concern: A comparative analysis between students". Environmental Education Research. (7), 1, 39-53.
  • Brij Thapa. (1999). "Environmentalism: The relationship of environmental attitudes and environmentally responsible behaviors among undergraduate students". Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. (19), 5, 432-444.
  • Brij Thapa. (1999). "Nepal's tourism needs a facelift". The Organization. (2), 1, 23-27.
  • Brij Thapa. (1998). "Debt-for-nature swaps: An overview". International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology. (5), 4, 249-262.

Academic, Military, and Professional Positions

  • Oklahoma State University, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Professor and Head, August 2020
  • University of Florida, Dept. of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management, Undergraduate Coordinator, August 2019 - July 2020
  • University of Florida, Dept. of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management, Professor, August 2013 - July 2020
  • University of Florida, Dept. of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management, Program Leader and Coordinator, August 2018 - July 2019
  • University of Florida, International Center, Director for Strategic Initiatives, July 2013 - July 2014
  • University of Florida, Eric Friedheim Institute, Director, August 2008 - May 2014
  • University of Florida, Tourism Crisis Management Institute, Founding Co-Director, July 2007 - May 2014
  • University of Florida, Dept. of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management, Associate Professor, August 2006 - July 2013
  • University of Florida, Eric Friedheim Institute, Senior Associate Director, August 2004 - July 2008
  • University of Florida, Dept. of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management, Graduate Programs Coordinator, August 2005 - January 2008
  • University of Florida, Dept. of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management, Assistant Professor, August 2000 - July 2006
  • University of Florida, Eric Friedheim Institute, Associate Director, August 2000 - June 2004
  • Pennsylvania State University, School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, Instructor and Research Assistant, August 1995 - June 2000