ENVR E-118: Environmental Management of International Tourism Development

This course lays out the significance of the international tourism industry, which represents approximately nine percent of the global economy, from economic and environmental management viewpoints. It provides students with an understanding of how the tourism business operates, primarily focusing on mainstream tourism, its supply chains, and how each sector of the business approaches environmental management. The course looks at the growth of tourism as an industry, how digital sales and marketing are transforming the sector, and its part in the rapid globalization of world economies. It discusses the industry's particular impacts on emerging economies, its role in employment generation and economic development, and the current status of global dialog on green tourism growth. Speakers from business and government reflect on the management of both public health and sustainability for tourism. Ecotourism and its role in the development of sustainable tourism is reviewed and discussed. Students learn how the industry is presently managing air, water, waste water, solid waste, sprawl, and ecosystem impacts, and how new systems for environmental management can be deployed. Each week a different sector of the industry is covered, including hotels, tour operations, airlines, airports, and cruise lines. Several sessions are offered on how governments manage the environmental impacts of tourism in locales such as the Caribbean, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Students learn how governments presently manage tourism, discuss how governance is changing, and review prospects for further reform and consider innovative new systems for management of growth.
Note: Online with the option to attend class on campus.


Megan Epler Wood







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