Tourism stimulates the global movement of people. It creates relationships between people and places they visit and impacts national, regional, and local economies and environments. National Geographic defines Geotourism as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, geology, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Academic institutions, tourism bureaus, the hospitality industry, regional and national governments have begun to adopt this new concept in tourism development.
How does tourism shape landscapes, impact the environment, effect communities, and economic development? These are just some of the questions that are explored in studies in geotourism.
Geotourism at EMU seeks to develop tourism education, research, and community engagement rooted in the discipline of Geography that enhances geographic character of places and landscapes. Study at EMU enables graduates to become leaders and entrepreneurs in local, national, and international tourism initiatives. Study in Geotourism represents an excellent example of applied human geography. Upon completion of the concentration, students will be well prepared as geography specialists.
Career opportunities for graduates include: City Planning and Community Development | City, state, and national Tourism offices | Convention and visitor bureaus | Entrepreneurship | Event planning | Festival Organization | National Park Services | Non-governmental organizations | Recreation and leisure management | Travel agencies, airlines, and accommodation providers | World tourism organizations