International Journal of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism

International Journal of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (IJGHT)

The International Journal of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (IJGHT) is a peer reviewed, open access journal publishing original research that bridges the gap between industry practitioners, and academic researchers and educators. 


The editors of the International Journal of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (IJGHT) call on all members of the gaming, hospitality, tourism and events management community around the world to contribute articles to the inaugural edition of the journal which will be released Fall of 2021.

IJGHT encourages research covering a broad range of topics, including but not limited to casino gaming, hospitality, tourism, and event management, and using a variety of methods, including qualitative and quantitative research. IJGHT features the work of renowned international industry members, consultants, and academics, while also supporting and endorsing quality research from future practitioners and scholars.

In a world that is constantly evolving to meet new and increasingly complex challenges, IJGHT addresses important topics to advance knowledge and practices in gaming, hospitality, tourism and event management.

IJGHT provides information useful to private for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; schools and academia, governmental agencies, and international entities, on such topics as:

  • Applied economics for the Gaming (casino), Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management (GHTE) industries
  • Business environment and trends
  • Business forecasting
  • Business modeling for casinos and restaurants
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Casino operations and management
  • Consumer behavior and marketing
  • Crisis management (e.g., pandemics) for the GHTE industries
  • Customer relations
  • Customized research
  • Data mining and analysis
  • Economic impact studies
  • Event Management
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Financial management and reviews
  • Globalization of the GHTE industries
  • Growth and shrinkage in the GHTE industries
  • Human resources management/marketing
  • Information technology and e-commerce
  • Intellectual property in the GHTE industries
  • Market research for the GHTE industries
  • Market segmentation studies
  • National and international legislation
  • Operations assessment and management
  • Performance analytics
  • Planning and design
  • Retail marketing and merchandising strategy
  • Statistics for the GHTE industries
  • Strategic management
  • Strategy formulation, implementation, evaluation and control
  • Survey development and administration
  • Sustainability of the GHTE industries
  • Technological developments
  • Terrorism management in the GHTE industries
  • Terrorism, safety and security in tourism
  • Tourism development and policy-making
  • Tourism research and methodology
  • Training and development
  • Workforce Management
  • Virtual (online, Internet) GHTE industries
  • and others

IJGHT celebrates diverse experiences and viewpoints, accepting work for consideration from various disciplines (Arts and Humanities; Business and Enterprise; Education; Health Sciences; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Social and Behavioral Sciences), regions, and categories of practice, which address major trends and developments related to gaming, hospitality, tourism, and event management. IJGHT publishes original, double-blind, peer-reviewed professional articles, empirical or theoretical in nature, case studies, research papers, state-of-the-art reviews, and analyses of business practices in the gaming, hospitality, tourism and event management industries.

IJGHT welcomes all individuals to submit an original manuscript to be considered for publication provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or are authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

All authors, co-authors or contributers listed for an manuscript must have made a significant contribution to, and will share responsibility and accountability for, the work. 

Please reference Allegations of Misconduct under the Journal Policies tab for information regarding disputes of authorship.  

Articles may be submitted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document formats and should be written with the following elements in the following order: manuscript title; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; references; appendices (as appropriate). Table(s) and figure(s) must all include captions and should be included in the document near where they are referenced in text.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, followed by a list of 5-6 keywords.

Manuscript body text should not exceed 7,000 words.

To facilitate blind review, manuscript document or file name should not contain any information identifying the author(s). 

References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should follow the latest edition of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual). Citation forms for journal articles, books, magazines, newspapers, dissertations, proceedings, audio and visual media and formats for new media, such as electronic publications and the Internet and other types of material are contained in the APA Manual and must be adhered to. Formats for tables, figures and illustrations are also covered. Please defer to APA standards and follow the models and examples in the Manual.

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If there are data sets or supplemental materials associated with a manuscript, which are not included in the document itself, please provide a reference (where applicable in the form of hyperlink, DOI or other persistant identifier) as to where the information may be found. 

Authors wishing to submit articles for consideration must setup an account via Open Journal Systems (OJS) portal. Authors will be required to submit their affiliation and contact informaton as part of the account registration process. 


Submission of a manuscript to IJGHT represents a certification on the part of the authors that it is an original work. By submitting material to IJGHT, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at IJGHT. Prior to final acceptance for publication, authors may withdraw their paper by notice in writing to the Editor if they wish to submit it elsewhere.

Manuscripts should be submitted via the Open Journal Systems (OJS) Portal. We do not accept articles submitted via email.

By submitting an article, the author(s) confirm their adherence to all Journal policies as outlined on this site and in IJGHT communications.

Any funding sources or competing interests should be noted in the Comments for the Editor when the article is submitted.

Funding Sources: A detailed list of all funding sources, if any, relevant to the manuscript being submitted, and  whether these sources had any involvement in any aspects of the research, including, but not limited to, the research questions, methodology, research conduct, or analysis of results.

Competing Interests: Disclosure of any competing interests, financial or otherwise, for authors in the most recent three years;  inclusive, but not limited to, funding received from government, industry, community, and/or advocacy groups whether or not the funding recieved was directly or indirectly related to the manuscript being submitted.

There is no fee for submitting work for consideration or publication in IJGHT

Following a preliminary evaluation to eliminate submissions unsuitable for IJGHT, all papers are sent out for a double-blind peer review. Scholarly articles will be submitted to academic professionals and, if relevant, other stakeholder professionals, for critique and suggestions for improvement. A minimum three reviews will be solicited for each article. Authors will receive anonymous reviewer feedback from the journal Editor to assist in revising or updating the article. Final decision to accept an article will not be rendered until revisions are completed.

A Reviewer Rubric will be used to assess the quality of the submission and inform editorial decisions regarding inclusion. Manuscripts will be assessed on a three point scale (Strong, Needs Improvement, Weak) in six key areas (Purpose, Design/Methodology/Approach, Findings, Research Limitations/Implications, Practical Implications, Originality/Value). All six areas will be considered in editorial decisions. Authors are encouraged to view the rubric before submiting their work for consideration. 

 IJGHT seeks to foster an environment of collaboration and open discourse among thought leaders and practitioners in the fields of gaming, hospitality, tourism and event management. Readers and authors are encouraged to use tools within the Open Journal System (OJS) platform to leave comments and responses. The Editor, acting as moderator, reserves the right to remove comments which are found to be innapropriate or off-topic. Authors and readers may report innappropriate of off-topic comments by emailing the Editor. To help us locate the specific comment, please include the name of the article, user name and date of comment in your message. 

Authors or readers who believe they have found an error in a published work are encouraged to email the Editor to request correction. Depending on the nature of the error the Editor may contact the author(s) or reviewers for their input with respect to choosing the appropriate correction or notation, if one is neccissary. Individuals seeking a correction should provide as much information as possible in their request. 

Editor in Chief

Jane Bokunewicz, PhD

Founding Editor/Editor-in-Chief

Coordinator & Associate Professor of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management Studies & Institute Coordinator The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism (LIGHT)

School of Business, Stockton University

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Managing Editor

Sarah Grady, MA

Managing Editor

Assistant Director The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism (LIGHT)

School of Business, Stockton University

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Noel Criscione-Naylor, EdD

Noel Criscione-Naylor, EdD, Section Editor - Casino Gaming

Associate Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management, School of Business Stockton University
George De Feis, DPS, MBA, BE

George De Feis, DPS, MBA, BE, Section Editor - Tourism

Assistant Professor of Business Studies, Management, School of Business, Stockton University
Jennifer Forney, PhD

Jennifer Forney, PhD, Section Editor - Hospitality

Director of the Hospitality Management Program and Instructor of Hospitality Management and Business Management in the Division of Management and Education, University of Pittsburgh (UPB)
Theresa Lind, M.Ed., CMP, CWP, CSEP

Theresa Lind, M.Ed., CMP, CWP, CSEP, Section Editor - Event Management

Faculty and PCMA Advisor, Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, James Madison University and President ICHRIE NENA Federation

Editorial Board Members

Robert Ambrose, MS

Robert Ambrose, MS, Consultant

Gaming,Hospitality,Academia/Casino Executive/University Instructor/Researcher/Freelance Writer
Leslie Bobb

Leslie Bobb,  

City University of New York (CUNY) - Baruch College 
John Byrne

John Byrne,  

Pace University
Lisa Fagan, Ph.D.

Lisa Fagan, Ph.D.,  

Stockton University
Alex Gorod, Ph.D.

Alex Gorod, Ph.D., Professor/Adjunct Professor, Zicklin School of Business

The University of Adelaide (Australia)/City University of New York (CUNY)
Donald Hoover

Donald Hoover, Associate Director Enrollment, International School of Hospitality Sports, and Tourism Management 

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Gilpatrick Hornsby, Ph. D.

Gilpatrick Hornsby, Ph. D.,  

James Madison University
Lilly Jan, Ph. D.

Lilly Jan, Ph. D.,  

Cornell University
Joy Jones, Ph.D.

Joy Jones, Ph.D.,  

Stockton University
Tony Kim, Ph.D.

Tony Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Hart School of Hospitality, Sport, and Recreation Management

James Madison University
Sheryl Kline Ph.D. 

Sheryl Kline Ph.D. , Deputy Dean of Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and the Aramark Chaired Professor in the Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management 

University of Delaware
Don Kneisel

Don Kneisel, VP Information Technology

Hard Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City
Jeff Lolli, Ed.D., CHE, CHIA

Jeff Lolli, Ed.D., CHE, CHIA,  

Mary Helen McSweeney-Field, Ph.D., LNHA, FACHCA

Mary Helen McSweeney-Field, Ph.D., LNHA, FACHCA,  

Towson University
Mahatapa Palit, Ph.D.

Mahatapa Palit, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Business Management

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) - City University of New York (CUNY)
Mike Pollock

Mike Pollock, Managing Director

Spectrum Gaming Group
Leslie Scamaca, Ph.D.

Leslie Scamaca, Ph.D., Associate Professor and the Director of the Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Management program

LaGuardia Community College
Kirsten Tripodi, Ph.D.

Kirsten Tripodi, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director at the Welch College of Business & Technology

Sacred Heart University

The Editorial Board of IJGHT is comprised of 25-30 individuals strategically drawn from content experts, professional partners, thought leaders and emerging academics. At the head will be the Founding Editor/Editor-in-Chief supported by four Section Editors (one for each discipline – Gaming, Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management), a Managing Editor and a team of Editorial Board Members who shall also serve as reviewers. Non-members may also be invited to serve as reviewers as determined by the Editor-in-Chief and Section Editors. A Managing Editor will facilitate receipt of papers and provide administrative support to the Section Editors in the assignment of reviewers and communication with authors. The Section Editors may recommend papers to the Editor-in-Chief who will have final decision over what is published.

Following a preliminary evaluation to eliminate submissions unsuitable for IJGHT, all papers are sent out for a double-blind peer review. Scholarly articles will be submitted to academic professionals and, if relevant, other stakeholder professionals, for critique and suggestions for improvement. A minimum three reviews will be solicited for each article. Authors will receive anonymous reviewer feedback from the Journal Editor to assist in revising or updating the article. Final decision to accept an article will not be rendered until revisions are completed.

Reviewers play a critical role in the life of any journal. Without their support of scholarly inquiry and dedication to integrity, the work of IJGHT would be impossible. 

At IJGHT, we hold our reviewers in high regard and have equally high expectations. We encourage reviewers to be thorough in their review of submitted work with the aim of providing constructive critisism that leads to meaningful improvement of the work and whenever possible growth of the author. Reviewers should be conscientious of deadlines and realistic about the time needed to complete a quality review. IJGHT expects reviewers to abide by the Journal's policies and procedures in all respects but especially with regard to confidentiality in maintaining the annonymity of our double-blind review process and in reporting any conflicts of interest that might bias their review of a work, or suspicions of misconduct. 

As a prospective member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), IJGHT expects all peer reviewers to adhere to the ethical guidelines developed by COPE. Individuals considering becoming a peer reviewer should familiarize themselves with COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.

When creating an account on the IJGHT portal select "Yes, I would like to be contacted with requests to review submissions to this journal" or contact the Editor to receive information about becoming a reviewer.

To assist reviewers in providing quality feedback to authors and editors, IJGHT uses a Reviewer Rubric. Manuscripts will be assessed on a three point scale (Strong, Needs Improvement, Weak) in six key areas (Purpose, Design/Methodology/Approach, Findings, Research Limitations/Implications, Practical Implications, Originality/Value). All six areas will be considered in editorial decisions. 
IJGHT, as a prospective member of  Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), encourages all reviewers and members of the editorial team to participate in professional development/training activities that advance thier knowledge of best practices in the field of publication and scholarly ethics. E-learning, seminars and other practical tools can be found on COPE's website. 

The Editor-in-Chief is ultimately responsible for the final content of this publication and reserves the right to make editorial changes, usually not affecting substantive content. Corrections, deletions and additions may include improving writing style, correcting in-text references and bibliographic citations, and fact checking of objective, verifiable data.

IJGHT strives to meet the highest standards of Publication Ethics and adheres to the Core Practices outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


IJGHT is an Open Access publication; all articles are freely available online immediately upon article publication. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed and brought to publication as rapidly as possible. There is no charge for submitting a paper to IJGHT.

Articles in IJGHT are freely available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The Creative Commons Attribution License allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly cited. For more information, visit the Creative Commons licenses page. Copyright is retained by the author(s). Where an author is prevented from being the copyright holder (e.g., U.S. government employees), the copyright line and license statement in individual articles will be adjusted. Please contact the editors during or immediately after submission of your paper if you are not the copyright holder.

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission from copyright holders for reproducing illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations. This includes copyright of the author's own material. Papers without correct permissions will not be published.

IJGHT is published twice per year, on a spring/fall schedule. Specific dates and submission deadlines for 2021 TBA.

Defined as a conflict between the personal interests (financial or non-financial) and official duties of an individual or individuals in a position of trust, all Editorial Board members and reviewers must disclose all conflicts or competing interests which might or may be perceived to directly or indirectly bias the review process. 
IJGHT shall take all reasonable steps to detect, prevent and address any and all circumstances of misconduct (including but not limited to: misrepresentaiton, breach of copyright, image or citation manipulation, plagiarism and undisclosed conflicts of interest) among authors, reviewers, Editorial Board members and editors. We encourage individuals who believe misconduct to have occured to report it to the Editor or annother entity as appropriate. Allegations of misconduct must be made in good faith and should include sufficient evidence to merit further inquiry. 
 IJGHT welcomes good faith complaints and appeals of editorial decisions provided they are accompanied by persuasive evidence and/or new information which directly responds to editors' and reviewers' remarks.  

All articles, papers, news, comments, opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations in IJGHT are those of their respective authors and do not reflect the views of the Journal, The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality and Tourism, Stockton University, or the Journal’s editorial staff.

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