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Published on : Saturday, July 16, 2016
Colorado State University has now joined United Nations World Tourism Organization, an organization which promotes responsible tourism. Something like this shows how serious the University is about the Master of Tourism Management program, and how committed it is to sustainability.
The Master of Tourism Management faculty member and program coordinator in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, William “Sam” Martin, said that both the students and professors have been fortunate to have been part of such a thoughtful program. This will make sure that they have all the latest data and research papers, along with an e-Library maintained by UNWTO.
Martin said, “We use a lot of their materials in our course work. We also use their statistical framework to standardize data collection for tourism.”
CSU has become a part of this program with a number of U.S. based universities, which includes Fairleigh Dickinson University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, California University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University, and also over 130 worldwide universities.
The other members comprise of hotel groups, IT companies, MBA schools, trade unions, airlines and environmental research organizations.
UNWTO feels tourism is a way of development in a lot of ways. Martin said, “The organization is tied in with the United Nations Development Programme’s poverty reduction efforts. It’s one of the main mandates along with conservation. Tourism supports poverty alleviation and conservation in the developing world.”
Martin also added that the membership will strike a chord with international students. Getting into this program will also help the other members to know more about about CSU events and research.
CSU Professor and also the head of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Michael Manfredo said, “Our new affiliation with UNWTO gives recognition to the growing global reach of our graduate programs. Going forward, we expect that our involvement with the WTO network will provide us with a host of new opportunities that will strengthen the quality and reach of our tourism programs.”
The MTM program almost always has 100 students enrolled, either online or on campus. It’s the fifth year of this program and the 100th student passed out in spring 2016.