Tourism is a powerful economic force, providing employment, foreign exchange, income, and tax revenue for countries all over the world. As a world export category, tourism ranks third after fuels and chemicals, and ahead of food and automotive products, and in many developing countries, tourism ranks as the first export sector. But in addition to the oft-cited economic indicators displaying the dominance of the industry, there has been a commensurate rise and recognition of the potentially negative impacts that the growth of this industry can have. Many have been critical of the pernicious social and environmental impacts tourism brings which has led to calls for the industry to exercise greater responsibility in order to protect the ‘golden goose’. This course will focus, therefore, on sustainable tourism, defined by the UNWTO as “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”. Students will analyze the concept of sustainable tourism via research projects, case studies and readings relating to the countries visited during this voyage.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: November 1, 2019
The field class will take place in Ghana on Friday November 1st. We will spend the morning at the University of Cape Coast interacting with students and faculty. The University is a prestigious public collegiate research university and was established in 1962 out of a dire need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education. After lunch, we will experience a unique tour of the slave castles on the coast. The idea of the class is to explore the ways that roots tourism is experienced and promoted in Ghana, and to evaluate how this type of tourism has impacted Ghana. Upon completion of this field class, you will write an individual reflection paper describing what you have learned and how it pertains to roots tourism. In your reflection paper you should relate to the article by Mensah (2015) that we have studied on board.
1. To explore the ways that roots tourism is experienced and promoted in Ghana
2. To evaluate how this type of tourism has impacted Ghana
3. Share ideas with university students from the University of Cape Coast