Current topics in nature-based travel and tourism with a connection and impact of the travel and tourism industry on the economic, social, technological, environmental, and political issues important in the world from a historical, current, and future perspective.
Ethan Billingsley is an alumnus of Warner College – earning his B.S. in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism and his M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. He served as director of undergraduate programs in the college from 2008-2018. Additionally, he is an instructor for the Adventure Tourism graduate certificate program in HDNR.
Prior to joining CSU, Ethan worked as both an educator and guide in various capacities. He has led single and multi-day whitewater rafting trips for the last 20 years and is currently a certified raft guide in the state of Colorado. He has climbed all 58 of the Colorado’s 14,000ft mountains and led many CSU groups to those summits as well. He also spent 7 summers working in summer camps where he gained considerable experience in group dynamics and leadership. Additional experience has included work as a rock-climbing instructor, backpacking guide, and sea-kayaking naturalist. Ethan loves learning about the ecology of an area as much as he likes adventuring in it. In his free time, Ethan loves spending as much time as he can with his wife and two sons in the outdoors.
Sam Martin is director of MTM China and faculty in the Master of Tourism Management program in the department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Sam has more than 25 years of industry experience having owned and operated several tourism-oriented businesses and held senior marketing and management positions in up-scale resort and lodging properties, and in institutional fundraising. His current research includes barriers to participation in outdoor recreation among diverse populations, economic inequity in resort towns, as well as visitor motivations in narrative-driven travel itineraries.