Donald F. Holecek is a professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at Michigan State University (MSU). He is also the Director of the MSU - based Travel, Tourism, and Recreation Resource Center (since 1985), and World Travel & Tourism Tax Policy Center (since 1993). He is past president of the CenStates Chapter of the international Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and has served on TTRA's Board of Directors. Dr. Holecek earned his BS and MS degrees from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. Since joining Michigan State University in 1972, he has conducted a wide range of research in the general area of tourism economics and marketing with special emphasis on Michigan's tourism industry.