Alan A. Lew is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation at Northern Arizona University. His academic background covers the fields of human geography, urban planning, and tourism studies. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the "Tourism Geographies" journal (Routledge, UK); he has written over 100 journal articles and book chapters, along with several books, including "Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts: An Integrated Approach" (2009), "Tourism Geography", 3rd ed. (2014), and "World Regional Geography", 2nd ed. (2015). Dr. Lew is a Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His research interests and writings focus on tourism across East and Southeast Asia. Since retirement he has started two non-academic publications on Medium.com - "Tourism Geographic" and "New Earth Consciousness"