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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

JCU Business School explores the social impacts of tourism

What about our way of life? Exploring the social impacts of tourism

North Queensland residents feel proud of tourism destinations in their areas and the positive impact tourism has in their communities, but it can also lead to locals feeling detached when transient populations pass through.

JCU Business School

This is why Queensland has so many tourists!

Elena Konovalov, a PhD student at JCU Business School, has studied how tourism influences the everyday lives of the people who live in tourist destinations and impacts on their quality of life.

Ms Konovalov said advocates of tourism development usually focused on its potential as an employer and source of business income.

However, opponents of tourism typically focus on the potential negative environmental impacts of uncontrolled tourism.

“Social tourism impacts are usually not as obvious, but nonetheless should be taken into account when evaluating tourism development benefits and costs to the community and this is what our research project was focused on,” Ms Konovalov said.

Ms Konovalov conducted a survey of local residents in three Queensland tropical communities (Airlie Beach, Bowen and the Atherton Tablelands) to explore the links between the scale and style of tourism development and various social aspects of community well-being.

“When we compare the results between the three communities, a number of links between social aspects of community well-being and tourism can be suggested,” Ms Konovalov said.

“In the area of human capital, for example, it seems that the scale of tourism development has a direct impact. A more developed tourism industry tends to coincide with more opportunities for work and education as well as attract more residents to the area.

“A more developed tourism industry is also associated with more opportunities to socialise in public places and more community services that are also available to locals,” the JCU Business School PhD student said.

Ms Konovalov said the presence of tourists at a destination also contributed to the community pride experienced by locals.

“But these benefits can come at a cost,” she said. “The research suggests that higher levels of tourism development can increase the transient population of temporary workers, can contribute to locals feeling detached from their community and less willing to give back to their community, and as tourist numbers increase, some locals can begin to feel angry and powerless about these changes.”

Ms Konovalov said overall, the research so far showed that tourism impacts on social aspects of community well-being are affected by the scale and style of tourism development as well as scale and type of community.

“The challenge for the researchers now is to explore further with these communities how to find the right mix of tourism to keep the benefits and manage the costs.”

Ms Konovalov is conducting the study under the supervision of Associate Professor Laurie Murphy and Professor Gianna Moscardo.

JCU Business School

The Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts offers internationally recognized degrees that inspire students by exposing them to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas. JCU business degrees focus on learning outcomes that have professional relevance and practical application. Located across two campuses in the tropical north of the state of Queensland, the JCU Business School offers a broad leading edge range of business-related disciplines and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management-MBA

This is an innovative joint master level qualification that combines tourism, hospitality and business management to give students the management skills required to be a tourism and hospitality industry professional.

Program: Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management-MBA
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

JCU Business School student receives scholarship

James Cook University international student has been awarded a $50,000 scholarship to help with his studies in Australia.

JCU Business School

Study business at James Cook University

Chia Hui Tan, a first-year student in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Psychology course, has received the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship – Business (AISS).

Founded in 1930, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that aims to create and promote research-based knowledge, products and services that can be used to improve learning throughout life.

The ACER International Student Scholarship, which is based on the highest score achieved in the International Student Admissions Test, helps support an international student who wishes to study for an undergraduate business degree at an Australian university.

The scholarship, which will be paid over two to three years, will cover Mr Tan’s tuition fees.

Mr Tan said winning the inaugural ACER International Student Scholarship was a “lucky break.”

“I don’t consider myself to be academically inclined, at least compared with my siblings,” he said. “Winning the ACER International Student Scholarship has renewed my confidence in myself.”

Although he is a Malaysian citizen, Mr Tan spent most of his life in Singapore, including completing national service there.

Mr Tan, who describes himself as having been an international student since kindergarten, said studying a business degree at JCU in Townsville was a “smart choice.”

“The whole point of a university education is to arm you with the right tools to advance your career, but studying in Australia also supports my education as a citizen of the world,” he says.

The 21-year-old said the ACER International Student Scholarship would ease the financial pressure on his family.

“My parents have inspired me to strive to make the most of my abilities; it is their sacrifices that have enabled my successes.”

Mr Tan said he had originally intended to study a Bachelor of Psychology, with the aim of completing an MBA afterward.

“However, when the opportunity presented itself for me to try out both psychology and business at the same time, it gave me the chance to better understand both degrees, and therefore make a wiser decision with regards to my Master’s,” he said.

“I originally chose JCU Singapore as it was regarded as the best university for psychology in Singapore; however, it did not provide a double degree in both business and psychology, something that could be found at the main campus.

“Therefore, when a group of my friends decided to transfer to JCU Townsville, I saw it as an opportunity to try out business as well as to become more independent.”

The news of his success in obtaining the scholarship came as a surprise, he said.

“I never regarded myself as an ideal candidate, despite my friend’s protests. While Singapore is a very academically inclined country, I was never counted amongst the smartest of my cohort, so obtaining a scholarship was never something I thought I could accomplish.”

He was looking forward to life in North Queensland, he said.

“Of course, coming to Townsville has brought about numerous learning opportunities, both in and outside the classroom. With the scholarship at hand, I have been freed from most of my financial concerns and can focus more on making the most of this rare and delightful opportunity.”

JCU Business School

The Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts offers internationally recognized degrees that inspire students by exposing them to contemporary issues, the latest research and new ideas. JCU business degrees focus on learning outcomes that have professional relevance and practical application.

Located across two campuses in the tropical north of the state of Queensland, the JCU Business School offers a broad leading edge range of business-related disciplines and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

At the advanced master’s level, the JCU Business School offers the following degrees:

  • Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) fully approved through industry accreditation
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a selection of majors such as the popular Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Economics at the Townsville campus

Find out more about JCU scholarships for international students.

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