Students worldwide are keen to research on tourism in Iceland

Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017

tourism in IcelandLately, Jason Fox, a joint Undergraduate-Master’s Program student in the, has returned from Iceland after finishing his research on environmental sustainability inside the country’s whale watching tourism industry.

The main target of Fox’s research at the time of his three-week-long trip in August was to deal with tourism related sustainable practices especially in the whale watching industry, and the way to share them all through the industry.

“Tourism is Iceland’s number one economic sector, and it’s because of things such as the glaciers and whale watching,” Fox mentioned about the significance of sustainability in Iceland. “These are things that could potentially not be around due to climate change, and could have a major impact on the economy there.”

This was marked as Fox’s third trip to Iceland following two distinct study abroad trips and an internship respectively. In one of his earlier trips, Fox initiated a musical composition keeping in mind the climate change to merge his majors and interests, music and geography and environmental studies. WKU Chorale will perform the piece in spring.

Fox is still a student in the Mahurin Honors College and this year will complete his last year of undergrad and his first year of graduate schooling.

With different whale watching operations managers, their company policies and environmental rules, Fox conducted interviews, tourist education and communication with other companies all through Iceland. The interviews were conducted in Reykjavik, Akureyri and Húsavik.

The long-standing relationship between WKU geography and the geology department with U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland helped in developing the project. A WKU FUSE Grant and a WKU Office of Scholar Development Lifetime Experience Grant provided funding for Fox’s trip.


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