In partnership with the Forum for International Tourism & the Environment (FITE), George Washington University’s Debate and Literary Society and the International Institute for Tourism Studies hosted a competition requiring GW students to verbally defend their thoughts on the following question:
Should certification schemes aimed at the sustainable tourism industry be internationally regulated?
Congratulations to Stephanie Westhelle and Sarah Marin who were the winners of the 2017 GWU FITE Competition!
Two winners received fully funded trips to Indonesia, March 8 to 13th to attend the 2017 FITE International Student Conference at the Bandung Tourism Institute, an event that brings together students, tourism professionals, researchers and educators.
Entries were due on Feb 6, 2017 and must be uploaded to the YouTube platform as instructed below.
In a second round of judging, students with the top ranked YouTube submissions were asked to defend their videos before a panel of sustainable tourism experts and respond to twenty minutes of questions and discussion with the panel.
Students submissions were judged based on the quality of their scholarship, defense of their positions, originality, creativity and presentation. In particular, students should clearly address the primary arguments in opposition to their position and directly address these issues in their speeches.
Rules & Background
The GWU FITE Competition is now closed. Students may submit their speeches at any time before February 6th, 2017.
Please read the instructions below before submitting your speech.
Uploading Your Speech to YouTube
The YouTube video should be set to "Public." This field is found on YouTube platform on the "Info & Settings" page. If the video is set to "Private" the judge will be unable to view the video.
Under "Basic Info" on YouTube, all videos should be titled, "GW FITE 2017: [Student Name]". (This means all students should include their name in the title of the video to ensure judges are able to easily identify which student they are watching.)
If you have any additional questions, please contact: GWDebate.Hayes@gmail.com.
Please find below a list of sources that should inform your speech. Competitors are not expected to conduct research beyond this citation list although it is not prohibited.
Blackman, Allen, Maria Naranjo, Juan Robalino, Francisco Alpizar, and Jorge E. Rivera. "Does Tourism Eco-Certification Pay? Costa Rica's Blue Flag Program." SSRN Electronic Journal (2012): n. pag. Web.
Dziuba, Radosław. "Sustainable Development of Tourism – EU Ecolabel Standards Illustrated Using the Example of Poland." Comparative Economic Research 19.2 (2016): n. pag. Web.
Font, Xavier, Ronald Sanabria, and Elizabeth Skinner. "Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism Certification: Raising Standards and Benefits." Journal of Ecotourism 2.3 (2003): 213-18. Web.
Geerts, Wouter. "Environmental certification schemes: Hotel managers’ views and perceptions." International Journal of Hospitality Management 39 (2014): 87-96. Web.
Lacey, Anita, and Suzan Ilcan. "Tourism for development and the new global aid regime." Global Social Policy 15.1 (2015): 40-60. Web.
Rattan, Jasveen K. "Is certification the answer to creating a more sustainable volunteer tourism sector?" Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes 7.2 (2015): 107-26. Web.
Sandve, Anethe, Einar Marnburg, and Torvald Øgaard. "The ethical dimension of tourism certification programs." International Journal of Hospitality Management 36 (2014): 73-80. Web.
United Nations Environment Programme, and World Trade Organization. "Making Tourism More Sustainable." (2005): n. pag. Web.
"Voluntary Initiatives for Sustainable Tourism (English version)." Voluntary Initiatives for Sustainable Tourism (English version): Default Book Series. World Tourism Organization, 2002. Web.
WTO. "RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNMENTS FOR SUPPORTING AND/OR ESTABLISHING NATIONAL CERTIFICATION SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM ." WTO, 2003. Web.