Student Independent Projects: Tourism Studies 2013

Anyemedu, Akua and Brake, Wendy and Greenwood, Jessica and Kohli, Chelsea (2013) Student Independent Projects: Tourism Studies 2013. Research Report. Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The B.A. in Tourism Studies program offered at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland prepares and positions students for exciting, competitive and successful careers in a wide range of vocations that manage, influence and direct tourism at all levels including lodging, food services, transportation, meetings and conventions, special events, entertainment, sports and recreation, heritage and culture, public policy and administration, international relations, and information communications and technology (ICT). Tourism 4950 - Special Project in Tourism, an important component of the Tourism Studies program is available to students who have completed 78 credit hours, and have officially declared a Major in Tourism Studies, a Minor in Tourism Studies, or have been accepted into the Advanced Diploma Program in Tourism Studies. Under the guidance of a faculty member, a student completes an independent research project and produces a report. The project topic must have the approval of the Chair of the Tourism Studies program. The collection of projects undertaken by the students in the Advanced Diploma and B.A. in Tourism Studies program reflects the multisectoral nature of the tourism industry and the invaluable knowledge and experiences the students have acquired. The projects underscore the interdisciplinary, comparative and international approach, dealing with both theoretical aspects and empirical case studies in the tourism industry. Jessica’s Greenwood’s main focus of the paper is on the roles that Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL) plays in the tourism industry since its establishment in 1983 in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The paper highlights the interdependence, interrelationships and partnerships that exist among some of the institutions in spite of the differences in their geographical levels of operation. Wendy Brake’s research explores and describes the growth of tourism in Port au Port, Lark Harbour and Sally’s Cove communities of Western Newfoundland She also discusses the potential negative impacts that an oil and gas industry, if developed, could have on the tourism industry. Akua Anyemedu’s paper analyses and discusses the roles of some selected institutions in sustainable tourism development in Ghana. The major finding is that the communities epitomize the paradigm shift in sustainable tourism development and the institutions supporting them have also pointed them in the right direction of development. Chelsea Kohli’s paper discussed the negative and positive impacts of Iceland’s nature-based tourism industry and provided recommendations for improvement. The research identifies Iceland’s greatest weaknesses are in its planning and management, while its strengths lie primarily in its marketing and advertising sector. It is quite remarkable that the Tourism Studies program has reached this important milestone in six years. On behalf of the faculty of Tourism Studies, I congratulate all the students who have successfully completed the Special Project in Tourism and wish them a future without boundaries and every success in their endeavors. The advisory and administrative support provided by Dr. Sandra Wright and Krista Hansen-Robitschek, Head and Secretary of the Division of Social Science respectively, are deeply appreciated. Dr. Edward Addo deserves commendation for supervising the projects undertaken by Jessica Greenwood, Wendy Brake and Akua Anyemedu. My didactic experiences have been enhanced by supervising the project undertaken by Chelsea Kohli. Roselyne Okech

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11811
Item ID: 11811
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Tourism Studies
Date: 2013
Date Type: Submission

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