STEPHEN LITVIN

Countries: 
Canada
Discipline: 
Business Administration
  • Professor
  • College of Charleston, School of Business, Charleston, SC
  • Research: Understanding the Sustainability of Mature Vacation Destinations
  • University of Guelph - College of Business and Economics, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • August - December 2008
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
  • Email: Litvins@cofc.edu

Stephen Litvin is Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the School of Business of the College of Charleston.  His Fulbright award was as University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) Research Chair in Sustainable Commerce, hosted by the University of Guelph College of Business and Economics.  The focus of his Fulbright research related to the issue of destination management in heritage cities, with a focus on Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Litvin earned his undergraduate degree from Bentley College and an MBA is from Babson College.  Academia is Litvin’s third career.  He is a CPA, having practiced with international accounting firms both as an auditor and as a consultant.  He followed this with a successful career in the travel and tourism industry, first as a financial comptroller with New England’s largest travel agency/tour company, and then as an entrepreneur, starting and building his own company in Phoenix, AZ before selling to a New York Stock Exchange company, with which he then took on a management role.  This was followed by a move to academia.  Litvin began teaching at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he lived for eight years.  During his time in Singapore, Litvin earned his Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of South Australia’s International Graduate School of Management.  He returned to the USA in 2001 to join the School of Business at the College of Charleston.  He is a former Chair of the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, and holds the rank of Professor.

Litvin’s main areas of interest are tourism consumer behavior and tourism impacts.  He is very active advising on local Charleston tourism issues.  His main teaching focus is tourism marketing.  As a researcher, Litvin was recently ranked  (Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, Park et al. 2011) the number seven most productive researcher in the world (third in the USA), based upon research published in high level tourism journals during the first decade of the new century.