The Sunday, June 6th edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram features a section on sustainable tourism, with a guest commentary by Tourism & Hospitality program chair Dr. Kreg Ettenger. Ettenger answers the question "What is sustainable tourism?" by suggesting that while travel itself might have negative impacts, its ability to inspire love of places can also be "restorative and transformative, leading to more sustainable and livable communities and to diverse and healthy landscapes."
The "Source" section of the Telegram, which focuses on sustainable living, contains several articles describing the way the tourism and hospitality industry in Maine has embraced the concept of sustainability in its operations and vision for the future. Articles examine the farm-to-table movement and the Salt Water Farm, review yurts as a form of lodging, and look at Maine windjammers and their sustainable systems. Another article explores how lodging establishments in Maine are becoming more sustainable through a wide variety of practices, from increased energy and water efficiency to safer cleaning products to using Maine-made furniture, bedding and other items.
Businesses and individuals affiliated with USM's Program in Tourism and Hospitality are highlighted in several articles. Advisory Board member Rauni Kew is featured in the lodging article, which describes the model efforts of Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth where Kew is public relations and green program manager. Peter Cooke, another advisory board member and adjunct faculty in the TAH program, is featured in the same article for his work developing Maine's green lodging certification program. Cooke used elements of that program to design his hands-on course "Sustainable Hospitality Management" (TAH 331) at USM.
TAH student Will Russell is currently doing an internship with Maine Forest Yurts, a company owned by Survivor: Gabon winner Bob Crowley and his wife Peggy. The business is one of several yurt camping operations in Maine featured in the article in the Source section. Finally, Ettenger mentions both Inn by the Sea and the Portland International Jetport, which has adopted numerous sustainable practices, in his column. Jetport manager Paul Bradbury is another member of the TAH advisory board.
USM's Program in Tourism and Hospitality features numerous courses and a three-course concentration in sustainable tourism & hospitality. The course Introduction to Sustainable Tourism (TAH 231) is being taught this fall by program chair Ettenger, while Cooke's course Sustainable Hospitality Management will be offered next spring. Both are open to tourism majors, full-time and part-time USM students in other programs, and non-matriculated students alike. For more information see our website or contact us.