University of Vermont

Vermont Tourism Research Center

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For additional information on recent tourism research, please contact the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing at (802) 828-0528.

Contact Us

In 1992, the Center began as a partnership between the University of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. Today, the Center collaborates with educational institutions, government agencies, local communities, non-profit organizations, and private sector businesses across the country. Housed in the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Center has the expertise and networks you need to succeed. Our staff includes professors, research specialists, business owners and managers, and graduate students.

If you have questions, comments, or need more information, please contact the Vermont Tourism Research Center at

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

  • Lisa ChaseLisa Chase
    Lisa Chase became the Center Director in 2004. She also is a Natural Resources Specialist with University of Vermont Extension, where she has focused on recreation and tourism enterprises since 2002. Prior to working in Vermont, Lisa conducted research and outreach in New York, Colorado, Costa Rica and Ecuador, among other places. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, her M.S. in Resources Economics from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management and Policy from Cornell University. Read more.

  • Todd ComenTodd Comen
    Todd is a full-time faculty member at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont and a lecturer in the Environmental Program at the University of Vermont. His scholarly interests include: Food systems research, ecotourism and rural tourism, international development, green building, sustainable tourism, small-scale agriculture and agroecology. Read more.

  • David KaufmanDavid Kaufman
    David is a lecturer in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Vermont. His long-term experience as a professional in Vermont's travel and recreation industry has enabled him to bring the "real world" into the classroom, helping students to understand the relationship between their education and recreation and tourism as functioning businesses in a constantly evolving environment. Read more.
  • David KestenbaumDavid Kestenbaum
    David is a specialist within the field of sustainable development and has worked for and with the Vermont Tourism Research Center since 2005. He is currently the Director of Certification for Sustainable Transportation and has been instructing courses at the University of Vermont for 13 years. David's resume includes an array of accomplishments within the field of community development ranging from helping rural communities in Guyana, Costa Rica, the United States, and Honduras develop and implement strategies for sustainable tourism development to assisting multinational corporations and states to "green" their operations. David also spent five years as the owner/operator of an outfitter business and a certified organic farm. Read more.
  • Jane KolodinskyJane Kolodinsky
    Since 1987, Jane has been a faculty member in Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont and is now Professor in and Chair of CDAE and Director of the Center for Rural Studies. Jane specializes in applied economics and the application of the concepts of demand, consumer behavior, and marketing principles to improve consumer wellbeing. Read more.
  • Walter KuentzelWalter Kuentzel
    Walt is an associate professor and chair of the Parks, Recreation and Tourism program at the University of Vermont. He is interested in environmental sociology, recreation and leisure behavior, social psychology, tourism and rural development, and human dimensions of wildlife. Read more.
  • Robert ManningRobert Manning
    Bob serves as an advisor to the Vermont Tourism Research Center. Bob's expertise and research interests include parks and protected areas, outdoor recreation, carrying capacity, and environmental history and philosophy.
  • Patricia StokowskiPatricia Stokowski
    Patricia is an associate professor in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism program at the University of Vermont. Her scholarly interests include: recreation, parks, and tourism sociology. Read more.

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