Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Fall 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management


Miguel Baltazar

Gilpatrick Hornsby


→ This is an in-depth analysis of how tourism impacts communities around the world, looking at four specific case studies, taking into account each nation’s human development index (HDI), population, location, and the number of tourists traveling to these destinations each year. The research concentrates on the strengths and weaknesses of each city’s tourist management practices, and then there are proposed solutions based on their needs and available resources. When talking about sustainable tourism, it is essential to understand it in terms of future maintainability. Sustainable tourism is defined as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities" while ecotourism or environmental tourism is something entirely different (World Tourism Organization). Ecotourism refers to the sector of tourism “directed toward exotic, often threatened, natural environments, intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife” (Yfantidou 2016). These distinctions are imperative as different types of tourism contribute to different portions of the economy. In regards to the solutions proposed, some may consider these hypothetical prospecting as it is nearly impossible to test if any of these proposed solutions will actually produce the desired results. Still, this research is designed for further study and future implementation of these practices to see how they can best be executed.




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