Sustainability in Marine Tourism:
Our oceans are receiving a lot of attention these days with headlines of melting glaciers, acidification, dying coral reefs and sea level rise. And yet at the same time nature and ocean tourism are more popular than ever. How do we balance the need for tourism development with the desire to protect and preserve this fragile resource? This class will discuss tourism activities and their impacts and how to successfully mitigate them.
Carolin Lusby is an Assistant Professor at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in tourism, research methods and leadership. She received her doctoral degree in Tourism Recreation and Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2007. Furthermore, Dr. Lusby holds a master’s degree in Tourism and the Environments from the World Leisure Center of Excellence at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Prior to beginning her career in academia, Dr. Lusby worked in the tourism industry where she found her passion for approaching touring and using tourism as a tool for personal transformation. Among others, Dr. Lusby was a youth travel guide for Europe’s biggest teen travel company, worked for a teen adventure travel company and developed skills and training in adventure and experience based learning. Ultimately, she became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and a Ropes Course Facilitator.
As a lifelong learner, Dr. Lusby became interested in the topic of sustainability and became a Green Globe certified auditor. Seeing tourism’s potential for negative impacts on people, culture and the environment, Dr. Lusby focused on sustainable development of tourism and incorporated community based tourism in her study tours. She firmly believes in the value of meaningful study abroad experiences to foster the development of global citizens.