ENVR E-118A: Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
This course offers case studies on achieving higher sustainability performance from ecotourism businesses and policy leaders in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Students learn about conservation and social and policy implications of ecotourism development in locales such as Peru, Costa Rica, Southern Africa, and India regions. They develop an ecotourism business plan with sustainability goals built into the cost and management structure. They learn how ecotourism practices fit into the larger tourism industry, and what role ecotourism plays in tourism sustainability. They review case studies of poor practices and failed investments and their effects on local people. Students develop realistic business approaches including business projections based on local costs and scenarios. They take part in business case discussions and learn triple bottom line accounting and reporting for small business. They also have the opportunity to talk with globally recognized ecotourism business owners.