Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Experience in Thailand

Semester: Intersession (May 15 to 31, 2023) / 3 credit hours

Course numbers: MGMT 254 (Global Experience), INTB 205 (International Business), INTB 406 (International business study abroad)

Course description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity with real impacts on the local communities. Through this study abroad program, students will learn about the sustainable tourism industry in Thailand as well as the impacts of social/community enterprises on local communities. Students will visit the world-famous tourist destination in Thailand, Krabi, and learn about local community enterprises as well as their products/services. The South of Thailand especially in Krabi province is the center of sufficiency economy community enterprise where locals are encouraged by the Thai government to start businesses that are self-sufficient, use the locally available resources as well as engage with the community. Students will work in teams to provide feedback on local products/services and strategic business recommendations to social enterprises and entrepreneurs. During the trip, there will be lectures, seminars, presentations, field trips, guest speakers, discussion activities, and experiential-learning projects to take advantage of the opportunities.

(Updated on 9/9/2022)

Why Thailand?

Thailand (often referred to as “The Land of Smiles”) is a country in Southeast Asia. It is known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, Thai cuisine and street food, Buddhist temples, elephant sanctuaries, Thai massages, rich history and culture, and friendly locals.

Lonely Planet – Thailand

Examples of Activities during the Trip

Walailak University – Partner university in Thailand

Walailak University (WU) is a comprehensive and research-intensive university in the historic southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. On the WU campus, students live in a picturesque environment while having access to facilities including the sports complex, tennis and badminton courts, and a fitness center. WU actively endorses sustainable development by implementing power-saving and eco-friendly policies. Students can commute using an electric car service on campus and off campus.

One of the tourist destinations in Krabi – Klongtom Saline Hot Spring

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