“Tourism is a big industry. We want to find out what kind of practices companies in both Newfoundland and Labrador and Costa Rica are using towards achieving sustainable, green tourism.”
Sometimes you have to go from Newfoundland and Labrador to Costa Rica and back to find answers to your questions. That’s exactly what Dr. Jose Lam and Dr. Greg Wood have done over the past two years.
The two have been having discussions with faculty members at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). What are the opportunities and challenges created by the green economy trend for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism sector? What kinds of strategies are they using? Are these strategies common? These are some of the questions that Drs. Lam and Wood are trying to answer. Their findings could influence policy formulation and implementation by government agencies, as well as industry practices.
“Tourism is a big industry. We want to find out what kind of practices companies in both Newfoundland and Labrador and Costa Rica are using towards achieving sustainable, green tourism,” said Lam.
Costa Rica is known for its green tourism. The country pioneered ecotourism in Latin America: there are 161 national parks, reserves and protected zones in Costa Rica, representing 25 per cent of the national territory.*
The research project started in relation to Grenfell Campus’s internationalization activities, which are being overseen by Dr. Ivan Emke. Grenfell Campus has exchange agreements with the University of Costa Rica, the National University of Costa Rica, the Latin American University for Science and Technology and the Technology University of Costa Rica.
Drs. Lam and Wood and their counterparts at UCR started their research in 2015. Key stakeholders such as a government agency that promotes sustainable tourism in Costa Rica are also part of the project.