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National Tourism Foundation Announces 2002 Luray Caverns Graduate Research Grant Recipient



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 tourism areas. “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 travel professionals. 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.