Dr. Chuck Yim Gee (1933 – 2019) was Dean Emeritus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) and a former member of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai’i system. His research was dedicated to tourism and travel industry development, focused on resort, hotel, club and travel agency management and on Hawaiʻi as a destination, business opportunity, transportation hub, and a place to grow extraordinary leaders for the global tourism and hospitality industry. Dr. Gee had degrees from the University of Denver and Michigan State University and was conferred honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Denver and the China Academy of the Chinese Cultural University. He published over thirty journal articles and ten books and most recently authored the third edition of “World of Resorts: From Development to Management.”
As TIM’s longest serving dean (1976-1999), Dr. Gee served on Hawaiʻi State and U.S. national boards, including the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce, advised and consulted with the U.S. State Department, and represented the United States as a delegate in seven General Assemblies of the World Tourism Organization (WTO). He co-authored the WTO Declaration of the Universal Right to Travel, Macau Declaration on Tourism and Training, and the Declaration of Malè on Sustainable Tourism and the Environment.
In 2014 Dr. Gee was named to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gallery of Legends for his lifetime achievement in establishing a legacy for the worldwide travel industry through education, training, and research, joining such notables as Thomas Cook, Conrad Hilton. Sir Edmund Hillary, and James Michener. Other awards include the Award of Excellence for Tourism Education from the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China, PATA’s Presidential Award and Grand Award for Individual Educational Accomplishment, the Academy of Tourism Organizations’ NOAH Award and the Travel Industry Association of America’s Hall of Leaders Award. The State of Hawaiʻi honored him as State Manager of the Year in 1995 and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1999 named him one of the 100 people who made a difference for the State of Hawaiʻi during the 20th Century. In 2011, Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou presented Gee with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding professionals’ contributions to Taiwan’s tourism industry.