Since Rio ’92, international tourism development efforts at local, regional and national levels have focused on tourism as a means to sustainable development. Tourism is seen as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development. Sustainable tourism development requires innovation on a conceptual, process and product level. This course analyses the role of governmental, business and “third sector” organizations in the sustainable development process and the associated trends and issues. Instruments for sustainable tourism development are examined and discussed in case studies (international, national, regional and local). Methods and techniques that reconcile the different interests are discussed and applied in various contexts: urban as well as rural areas in the USA, Europe and less economically developed countries. The central issues are sustainability, globalization, and intervention strategies.
Field WorkCountry: India
Date: October 25, 2017
Students will meet with a marketing team from Kerela Tourism Development Corporation to learn about general tourism in Kerala. Then students will visit a hospital specializing in medical tourism, in particular In-virto fertilization and surrogacy. This facility provides services for couples to have their embryos created and implanted into women who will serve as gestational carriers for these couples. Students will visit Center for Public Policy Research to understand how public policy on tourism in general as well as medical tourism in specific is formed and implemented to promote the tourism development in Kerala.
1. Understand the term of medical tourism and the size and magnitude of medical tourism in India and in Kerala.
2. Explain the significant factors and reasons of popularity of medical tourism in India.
3. Evaluate the positive and negative impacts of medical tourism by using its economic, social, ethical, and legal consequences.