Radford University's Tourism Institute is a place-based, five-week course
Tourism Institute is typically offered in both the wintermester and the maymester in the RCPT department at Radford University. Over winter break we often visit France, spending about 5 days in Paris and visiting world-renowned sites like the Louvre, L’ Arc de Triomphe, Versailles, Notre Dame, and several other sites throughout this remarkable city which is steeped deep in architectural, artistic, and cultural history. We then take a train about 200 miles south to the Avergne region of France, with strong viticulture, recreation, and mountain influences. Here we meet students with our sister university – Blaise-Pascal, and spend another 5 days in the quaint riverside city of Vichy, which is known for its healing spring waters, picturesque parks, and ideal climate. During this course we cover topics such as tourism trends, economic impacts of tourism, travel ethics, cultural learning, tourism motivations, and cultural appreciation.