Student, faculty advisor present at tourism and social sustainability conference in Vietnam

Thursday, October 11, 2018

In September, Recreation, Parks & Tourism graduate student Neha Prakash and her faculty advisor, Associate Professor Pavlína Látková, were honored to present their research in Vietnam at the Nexus of Migration and Tourism: Creating Social Sustainability conference hosted by the Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Neha Prakash and Pavlina Latkova at conference in HanoiThe international symposium was an excellent venue for Prakash to present the findings of the pilot study she conducted for her Applied Research Project that explored “The Influence of Religion on Perceptions of and Motivation for Visiting a Destination.”

Látková presented a paper titled “Destination Resilience: Case of Havana,” co-authored by fellow Recreation, Parks & Tourism faculty member Paige P. Viren and long-time community partner Malia Everette, founder and CEO of Altruvistas.

The research in Cuba was supported by Everette and her team at AltruVistas, which promotes transformational philanthropy in the sustainable travel industry “because [they] deeply believe that it is ethically necessary.” The lack of equity in the conventional tourism industry was the catalyst for starting the company which has a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. When asked about the power of travel, Everette shared that she “believes in the power of travel as a transformative tool for education and social change and sees how travelers have become citizen diplomats.”

The research in Cuba is just one project resulting from the longtime community partnership between SF State and AltruVistas that provides meaningful experiences to students through travel, service-learning, internships and expert guest lectures.