Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Karen Blanchard


This inquiry explores a pragmatic approach of sustainable tourism and its application as a transformative development instrument. It seeks a general understanding of the global tourism sector, looks specifically at an individual tourism enterprise, Solimar International, and examines rural tourism, and its proposed standards. It discusses the opportunities and threats to the culture, ecology, and livelihoods of the residents of destination tourism and the unique experience to geotravelers. It analyzes the theoretical development history of tourism and the integrated approach of Solimar International as a leading agency in the tourism industry sector. And it seeks to understand a new type of tourism that is welcomed by geotravelers. It’s a small research project hoping to produce learning about sustainable tourism for community based micro-economies that create livelihoods for the residents and authentic experiential tourism for geotravelers without damage to the environment and culture.


Community-Based Learning | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | International Business | Marketing | Operations and Supply Chain Management | Organization Development | Social Work | Tourism | Tourism and Travel