Since Rio 92’ international tourism development efforts at local, regional and national levels have focused on tourism as a means to sustainable development. Tourism is seen as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development. Sustainable tourism development requires innovation on a conceptual, process and product level. This course analyzes the role of governmental, business and “third sector” organizations in the sustainable development process and the associated trends and issues.
The following objectives will be met during this course.
• To examine trends and issues in recreation, tourism and sustainable development globally.
• To examine tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development
• To know and apply principles of sustainable development in a case study evaluation
• To generate awareness of concerns stakeholder groups have about sustainable tourism development
• To apply intervention strategies for sustainable tourism product development
• To engage students in the sustainability debate pertinent to trends and issues in global tourism.