The National Tourism Foundation has announced the recipient
of the 2002 Luray Caverns Graduate Research Grant, a $2,500
grant given by Luray Caverns in Luray, Va. to students
conducting research on a thesis, dissertation or terminal
project relating to travel and tourism.
This year’s grant recipient is Kyungmi Kim, a Ph. D.
student in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg,
Va. Kim is currently researching how the impact of tourism
affects the quality of life of the residents in popular
“Kim’s work will ultimately provide decision makers with a
better understanding of residents’ perceptions about
tourism and suggest methods to increase this very important
support for the tourism industry,” said John Shaffer,
director of marketing and sales for Luray Caverns. “This
dedication to tourism research makes Kyungmi the perfect
candidate to receive the Luray Caverns grant.”
Along with the grant, Kim will be invited to the National
Tour Association’s 2002 Annual Convention in Los Angeles to
attend educational seminars and network with packaged
The National Tourism Foundation is a nonprofit organization
that supports research and education in travel and tourism.
Now in its 20th year, the National Tourism Foundation has
awarded more than $1.5 million to 400 travel and tourism
students in the form of grants, scholarships and awards.
For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-682-
8886 or visit www.ntfonline.org.