ENVR E-118A Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
This course stresses the fundamentals of developing an ecotourism business, using triple bottom line business plans which respond to an analysis of local needs, markets, financing, and the connection to local and international supply chains. This course provides extensive background on the history of ecotourism, its role in the development of local economies, its connection to the global tourism trade, its role in the conservation of natural resources, and its context in key case study regions. Students discuss ecotourism business management issues with prominent ecotourism owners and take part in interactive business case studies. They also learn how to prepare a monitoring plan for their proposed business via integrated annual reporting methods.