This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide. Students learn to present quantitative and qualitative economic, sociocultural, and environmental data, to determine the best management of vital natural and social resources, and to build scenarios that include the impacts of climate change, including approaches to mitigation and adaptation, over the next 20-30 years. A live interactive session is held using interactive geodesign methods to address key decisions in the process of design for tourism growth. Students participate in applying digital tools and analyses to a specific case. Each student generates scenarios and learns how to manage these scenarios through new approaches to governance.
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Instructors: Megan Epler Wood, Dr. Vicente Molés, Stephen M. Ervin
This course stresses the fundamentals of developing an ecotourism business, using triple bottom line business plans which respond to an analysis of local needs, markets, financing, and the connection to local and international supply chains. This course provides extensive background on the history of ecotourism, its role in the development of local economies, its connection to the global tourism trade, its role in the conservation of natural resources, and its context in key case study regions. Students discuss ecotourism business management issues with prominent ecotourism owners and take part in interactive business case studies. They also learn how to prepare a monitoring plan for their proposed business via integrated annual reporting methods.
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Instructors: Megan Epler Wood