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Date of Award

Spring 2000

Document Type

Masters Field Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Miles, John C., 1944-

Second Advisor

Myers, Gene (O. Gene)


Tourism, one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries, estimated to be the largest by the year 2000, is promoted as the key to economic growth and prosperity for ailing economies. The industry, a $3.6 trillion industry, is also the largest employer in almost every country, accounting for one out of every 9 jobs worldwide.Tourist travel offers opportunities for relaxation, adventure, and encounters with unfamiliar lands and people; experiences that can help to bridge cultural gaps and build global communities. There is an increasing global awareness about the importance of tourism development, its benefits, and its possible effects. What are the implications of travel? Which of them are beneficial and which are not? The positive versus the negative impacts of tourism set the stage for continuous debate.




Tourism--Environmental aspects, Tourism--Management, Tourism--Social aspects, Sustainable tourism, Ecotourism


Western Washington University

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