Laura Lesar, Ph.D.
School of Travel Industry Management
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2560 Campus Road, George Hall 206
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-0485
Fax: (808) 956-5378
Laura Lesar, Ph.D.
Laura Lesar is an Assistant Professor at the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaiʻi , Mānoa. In research and practice, Laura specializes in sustainable tourism and the quality control tools (QCTs) that facilitate its practical application. Laura’s most recent research endeavors entail a state-of-the-art articulation of contemporary quality control tools for sustainable tourism practice. With Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, Laura is also involved with solutions-oriented research surrounding tourism impacts, also within a limits of acceptable change framework. Laura’s research can be found in Journal of Travel Research and Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
Laura has worked with sustainable tourism projects in academic and professional capacities globally in the Hawaiian Islands, South East Asia, South America, and Central America. Among the most notable initiatives include Chile’s national ecotourism initiative, Sendero de Chile, where she was involved with the ecotourism project design, planning, and feasibility study. In the USA, Laura was the co-facilitator for Sustainability Workshops for Hawaiʻi’s Business Leaders and also lead facilitator for the Sustainable Tourism Workshop at the 10th International Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism. Most recently, Laura was invited as a speaker for the Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi . Laura is also an accredited eco-certification auditor and sustainable tourism consultant. Since 2011, she has worked with Sustainable Travel International (STI), a globally recognized leader in sustainable tourism solutions. In this capacity, Laura has been involved with projects for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Expedia, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Hostelling International.
Laura received her PhD in Sustainable Tourism from Griffith University in Australia in 2018. Also a University of Hawaiʻi alumna, Laura earned a Master of Science (MSc) in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawaiʻi and an Honors Bachelors of Arts (BAHons) in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.