Larry YU is chair of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management in George Washington University’s School of Business in Washington, DC. He has been involved in international tourism and hospitality development and education since 1979. His teaching and research interests focus on international hotel development, particularly on hotel project management and strategic business development.

Yu is the author of The International Hospitality Business: Management and Operations (1999) and the co-editor of Tourism in China: Geographic, political, and economic perspectives (1995) and A Host of Opportunities: Introduction to Hospitality Management (second edition, 2001). He has published more than 30 research articles on international hotel development and operations and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Vacation Marketing and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. He was one of the lead researchers for the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism in 1995. Several international hotel corporations have sought Yu’s services as a consultant in the areas of business development and quality management.