Explores nature-based tourism and the planning and management of experiences and impacts. Review the tourism system as it is applied in the natural resource setting, define and describe outdoor recreation motivations, describe the covenants and institutions that govern international development globally, and apply the measurement of supply, demand, and economic impact in the natural-based tourism realm. Apply these techniques in a comprehensive planning and compliance activities.
- To increase awareness of the multi-layered essence of tourism phenomena
- To improve understanding of main principles for developing tourism experiences
- To develop skills of how to base decision-making processes in the tourism industry of theoretical foundations and a systemic approach to develop human motivations and environment influence industry trends
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Natalie Ooi Ph.D. is a graduate from Monash University, Australia, where she was a Donald Cochrane Scholar, and recipient of the Dean’s Postgraduate Research Excellence Award for the Faculty of Business and Economics. Her PhD research was an ethnographic case study that examined the socio-cultural sustainability of mountain resort tourism development within the community of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. An avid skier and hiker, Natalie is an Australian citizen who has recently relocated to the USA where she is looking forward to being able to actively pursue her outdoor and research interests in the Rocky Mountain West.
Primary research interests center around sustainable tourism development. These include the sustainability of ski area management and development, with particular interest in the complexities of tourism-community and other stakeholder relationships within mountain resort communities. Other research interests pertaining to sustainable tourism include the sustainability of backpacker tourism, and the potential for overlap between backpacker and volunteer tourism.