As one of the world’s largest industries, tourism can contribute to social good, generate income for people with few alternatives and provide rural and urban communities with the economic incentive to protect their natural and cultural heritage.
For 30 years, the International Institute of Tourism Studies at the GW School of Business has been a global leader in tourism education and research using a three-tiered approach:
Collaboration: Through professional partnerships, research and onsite consultations, we provide businesses, communities, governments and nonprofits with the guidance and information they need to develop a sustainable industry — one that balances the needs and interests of visitors with the economic and environmental realities of destinations worldwide.
Education: Our certificate programs equip professionals at all stages with the skills and knowledge to advance their careers in destination management, event management, and cultural heritage tourism, and to become active thought leaders — as well as practitioners — in these vibrant fields.
Research: In collaboration with the George Washington University Master of Tourism Administration program, we offer students practical experience in research and consulting projects with international and domestic partners including the U.S. National Parks Service, the Organization of American States, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization.