He received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Nanjing University, finished his Ph.D. in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and spent two years at Cornell University as a post-doctoral fellow. He moved to the College of Charleston in 2005 and taught there and directed the Office of Tourism Analysis since. From 2012-2013, he spent one year at Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a visiting associate professor. He moved to the Penn State University in 2016. His research interests include tourism big data, information technology, e-commerce, destination marketing and consumer behavior and psychology. His recent research focuses on tourism big data and travel and well-being. He has published more than 120 journal papers and conference proceedings, including 44 SSCI/SCI journal papers. His research appeared in Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, MIS Quarterly, and ACM Transactions on Information Systems. According to Google Scholar, his publications have been cited more than 10,000 times and achieved an H-Index of 37. He is an elected Fellow of International Academy of China Tourism Research and on the editorial board of 12 journals including Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Information Technology and Tourism, and Journal of China Tourism Research. External funding for his research on tourism analysis, destination marketing, information search, and forecasting has exceeded $1.5 million USD. The funding agencies include National Park Service, China’s National Natural Science Foundation, Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, Department of Natural Resources of South Carolina, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Orbitz Inc.