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Tourism Exposed: Our International Sins - LIB 100/201 APPROVED

"Tourism Exposed: Our International Sins" text over a globe

"Tourism Exposed: Our International Sins" text over a globe

Date and Time

Friday, November 30, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


  • DeVos Center » 105E- Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall


Please consider joining us on November 30, 2018 for Tourism Exposed: Our International Sins , an excruciating examination of some the world’s largest tourism problems. After 12 weeks of case examination, GVSU students are now ready to address ALL of these issues, counter disparities, defend their proposals, and reveal their research-based, solid ideas and perspectives on how to solve them. Don’t miss this hallmark of skillful leadership!  


Some of the cases used in HTM 202 include topics specific to: ship breaking on the shores of Alang, human trafficking within the world AND west Michigan, political conflict as portrayed through the media and its effect on tourism, the implications of tourism within historical civil unrest, disability travel and the exploitation of support services, adverse effects of volunteer tourism, environmental disaster relief and disaster recovery efforts within the industry, the potential use of technology in the hospitality industry, arrests and detainment during tourism activities, domestic and international staged authenticity, and the true motivations of tourists — (sacred pilgrimages, sacraments, guilt, and glory). 

As a culminating project, HTM 202 students have been asked to identify only ONE of the pervasive issues they feel most passionate about — and, solve it. They must research the progress that has been made to date, identify the barriers that exist, and propose a cutting-edge creative solution. 

Every proposal has been presented before the class. Peers have provided feedback, encouragement, and integration of ideas at monumental levels. 




Dr. Lorie A. Tuma, Assistant Professor
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Grand Valley State University
401 W Fulton St., DeVos 231C
Grand Rapids, MI  49504
(989) 506-3805




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