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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations


It’s been a great summer for HPU’s Dr. Jerry Agrusa. The Travel Industry Management (TIM) professor had a paper he’d written, with HPU International Admissions Director Gui Albieri, posted on the United Nations’ UNESCO Web site, and he gave the closing address at the fifth Asia Pacific Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and International Education (CHRIE) and 13th Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA) joint conference, in May, in Beijing.

The paper, titled “Sustainable Tourism that Works,” was previously published in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability. It outlines the case study of Prainha do Canto Verde, a fishing village in northeast Brazil, which adopted the “bottom-up approach” to tourism development that, by allowing the local population to have input in the way tourism is implemented in the area, allowed the community to develop a sustainable tourism industry.
Co-author Albieri, from Brazil, earned his master’s degree in organizational change at HPU, and in his current position travels throughout the world.

Agrusa is on the Board of Directors and holds the position as director of Marketing & Communication for APTA. He presented a paper at the conference on “residents’ and tourists’ assessment of the legalization of casinos in Hawai‘i,” a collaboration with other HPU faculty members.

Agrusa has taught at HPU for six years and has completed a number of research projects, including the economic significance of the Honolulu Marathon. He was awarded HPU’s Golden Apple Award 2007 for Excellence in Scholarship, and in 2005 earned HPU’s Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence.

UNESCO is the only institution in the United Nations system with a mandate in the field of culture. They assist their member states in updating their cultural policies, helping formulate appropriate responses to challenges posed by cultural diversity and the role culture plays in other areas of development. As a result of this collaboration, UNESCO has expressed a desire to work with HPU on future sustainability projects.




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