Credits: 3 credits
Students explore community-based adventure tourism, including policy, planning, and development. International tourism managers must understand sustainability; community development; how tourism is used to promote conservation; and how to involve local populations in the development decision-making process. While community-based tourism concepts are finding their way into North American tourism, this course concerns itself primarily with issues facing developing countries and lessons that may be brought to North American operations. Topics include tourism and community development; the creation of tourism opportunity and development strategies; the role of consultants and non-governmental organizations; sustainable tourism development; social impact assessment; community tourism assessment; pro-poor tourism development; achieving global competitiveness; community-based tourism for conservation; and the importance of including women in community development. Students examine numerous case studies and applications.
Prerequisite: 3rd year standing
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