Honors Projects for Travel Industry Management

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    Exploring the Economic Impact of the University of Hawaiʻi on Oʻahu’s Tourism
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015-08) Borge, Chelsy-Mei ; Seo, Kwanglim ; Travel Industry Management
    The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH-Mānoa) is a major contributing factor to Oʻahu’s tourism. This study argues that the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa should be valued as a factor that promotes tourism on Oʻahu. Being the largest campus on Oʻahu, UH-Mānoa attracts a significant number of domestic and international students annually. All of the students relating to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will bring significant economic benefits to Oʻahu’s tourism industry. However, these economic benefits to Oʻahu’s tourism industry have not yet been thoroughly investigated. The objectives of this study are: 1) to investigate the economic impact of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa on Oʻahu’s tourism industry and local economies using data from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and RIMS II input-output model and 2) to create awareness and emphasize the importance of UH-Mānoa on Oʻahu’s tourism industry and local economies. This study expects to find the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as one of the major contributors to Oʻahu’s tourism industry and local economy. Therefore, the findings of this study can encourage the academic and industry collaboration to enhance the value of partnerships in Hawaiʻi.
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    The Impacts of Adopting Sustainable Practices for the Moana Surfrider
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Looi, Tiffany ; Spencer, Dan ; Travel Industry Management
    With tourism being the largest industry in Hawaii, many are concerned about its environmental impacts. Sustainability in tourism is becoming an increasingly important asset for hotels to stay competitive, especially with the rise of green consumerism. According to the United Nations, sustainable tourism “describes policies, practices and programs that take into account not only the expectations of tourists regarding responsible natural-resources management, but also the needs of communities that support or are affected by tourism projects and the environment.” This study investigates the environmental sustainable practices of Hawaii’s first hotel, The Moana Surfrider, and how these practices have impacted its financial position based on the return on investments (ROI) for its green initiatives. The conclusion of this study would recommend some sustainable practices for hotels that would yield higher ROI, and ultimately determine the critical success factor for a hotel in terms of environmental sustainability.