Dr. Glenn McCartney, Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Gaming Management, joined the 1st Global Busan Tourism Forum held in Busan (South Korea) at the end of June.

Dr. McCartney stated that the potential development of a casino resort in the South Korean port city of Busan could be an “attractive catalyst to tourism” if pursued in partnership with “international experienced operators”, but he warned that simply looking at current aggregate numbers of mass-market visitors to Busan as an indicator for the likely success of a casino resort would be a “flawed” approach. There was a “need to cite quality tourism based on spending power across gaming and non-gaming products as well as length of stay”.