Asian Institute of Tourism
University of the Philippines - Diliman
Miguela M. Mena is a Professor and the Dean of the University of the Philippines Asian Institute of Tourism. She obtained her Ph.D. in Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Master of Statistics and Bachelor of Science in Statistics at the University of the Philippines School of Statistics, and Diploma for Tourism Management (Highest Distinction) from Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management in Salzburg, Austria. She has been involved in tourism education and training programs, published several articles in local and international tourism journals, and has handled various technical consultancy and research projects for international and local tourism organizations and non-government organizations.
Her main research interests focus on international tourism in developing countries, destination competitiveness, destination policy and planning, destination management and marketing, tourism entrepreneurship, migration and mobility, measurement of domestic tourism, and information communication technology applications in tourism. She has disseminated her research outputs to the wider academic community through participation in a number of international and local scientific/industry conferences, seminars, and symposia, as paper presenter, invited speaker, discussant, moderator, and through publications in proceedings and journals. In recognition of her achievements in the discipline of Tourism as evidenced by research, she was awarded a University of the Philippines Diliman Centennial Faculty Grant in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
As a Visiting Professor in 2008-2009, she supervised the design and development of the International PhD program in Tourism Development at the School of Tourism Development of Maejo University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She was also a Visiting Professor at the National Chiayi University and National Penghu University in Taiwan from 2011-2013. In the area of extension and public service, she renewed and expanded AIT’s industry linkages through the collaboration with the Department of Tourism and its attached agencies, local government units and non-government organizations. She also sits on the Inter-agency and Technical Working Group of the NSCB (National Statistical Coordination Board) on Tourism Statistics. She also serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Quezon City Tourism Council, Treasurer of the Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc. (TIBFI), and Trustee of the Tourism Foundation Inc.
Dr. Mena, through UPAIT, is a recipient of the British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links grant for research in tourism employment in the cities of Manila and Glasgow.