Tianyu Pan

Degree: Master of Science in Hospitality Management

College/School: Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Tianyu Pan has always been an over-achiever. Being in the U.S. for a short time hasn’t deterred her from following her dreams. In fact, she has led several research projects and published and presented to professional conferences.

Tianyu’s research on the preferences of Chinese cruise travelers could have an impact on cruise companies’ bottom lines and how they attract new travelers.

Her research was so impressive that her professor, Jinlin Zhao, chose her to lead the FIU team at the Cruise Sales and Marketing Strategic Project in Shanghai. The team was awarded nearly $10,000 in research funding and the project is currently under review and awaiting publication on the Chinese cruise industry’s annual report.

As a result of her success with tourism market studies, Tianyu was one of four graduate students from the Chaplin School recruited to take part in the STR Student Market Study Competition in New York City in November. Her team spent months researching and analyzing the Ft. Lauderdale tourism market and presented their analysis at the competition. Their team won second place among more than 30 national teams. 

Tianyu plans to continue her education and dreams of getting her Ph.D. in international business from FIU. She hopes to become a university professor and focus on global business strategy and the tourism industry.

By Lourdes Perez
Media Relations Specialist
Office of Media Relations