Faculty Spotlight: Professor Eeckels
December 10, 2018

The following interview was conducted by Tisch Center student worker, Haley Park.

What has been your career journey up until this point and how did you make your way to NYU?

In the late 90’s, I worked in the tourism industry. Following that, I taught in Greece for 6 years and Switzerland for 12 years. And now I’m in my third week at NYU.

What are your research interests?

My research interests and publications focus on tourism economics. I have collaborated on projects that look at the relation between tourism, more specifically international inbound tourism, and economic growth for a destination; the impact of oil price on tourism and economic growth, as well as comparing different approaches to forecast tourism demand.  

What courses do you teach at NYU and can you tell me a little bit about them?

I teach 2 courses for graduate students. One course is Financial Markets & Instruments which looks at different financial instruments in relation to the hospitality industry. In addition, I teach Financial Strategies and Tourism Development. The scope of this course looks at different sectors of tourism and looks at important financial metrics. Students gain an understanding of what is important in all the different areas of tourism. I also teach one undergraduate course called Financial Management.

What do you enjoy most about teaching in general?

The contact I have with the students. I enjoy sharing knowledge and discovery in my research. Although it’s only my third week at NYU, I admire the the resources that NYU makes available for students and faculty which allows you to do a lot of applied research.