Tourism and Entrepreneurship: Partners in Development

Date: June 15th
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Location: NYU, Kimmel Center 914
Address: 60 Washington Square S., New York, NY 10012



Tourism and entrepreneurship are not distinct concepts. Tourism has the potential to empower communities and the sustainable tourism agenda needs to focus on how to bring this about. Entrepreneurship is the ability to seek and identify opportunities and through tourists and tourism it can transform the local community.

Tourism is now one of the world’s largest and most dynamic industries and one of its fastest growing. For many countries tourism is seen as a main tool for development, as it stimulates new economic activities. Tourism may have a positive economic impact on the balance of payments, on employment, on gross income and production, but it may also have negative effects, particularly on the environment.

Unplanned and uncontrolled tourism growth can negatively impact the environment that tourist growth can be compromised. The environment, being the major source of tourist attraction, should therefore be protected in order to have further growth of tourism and economic development.

Topics Covered:

Entrepreneurship and Tourism
Disruption in the Tourism Industry
Opportunities in the Tourism Industry

Feature Keynote Speaker


Associate Dean, Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism and Associate Clinical Professor of Tourism, New York University School of Professional Studies (USA)

A noted scholar, specializing in tourism and economic development, Dr. Lamoureux has been a distinguished and accomplished expert in professional and academic education for nearly 20 years. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the George Washington University (GW) International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS) and as an assistant research professor of Tourism and Business Management in the GW School of Business. Under her leadership, IITS has grown to become a renowned tourism research center that plays a prominent role in tourism professional development, international development, curriculum development, and academic research.