Virginia Tech course, VT faculty led, VT credit (3 cr.)
Review common resort design principles and practices and examine the relationship between developers, land, and golf course communities.
Discuss the environmental impact of resort development in Punta Cana and ways in which clubs and resorts are using environmental and socially sustainable initiatives.
Examine the burgeoning spa business and the impact it has on resort management.
Review the uniqueness of timeshare resort operations. Explain crisis management for clubs and resorts, especially as it relates to natural disasters such as hurricanes.
Explore the impact of the $20 Billion destination wedding industry.
Pamplin: Resort Management in the
The Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 3 credit hour study abroad program will be held over a 15-day period. The foundation of the course will be provided in the classroom within the Punta Cana Resort and Club and will include faculty and invited guest lectures complimented with field trips to appropriate sites. Punta Cana is one of the premier resort destination locations in the world, with an incredible diversity of resort experiences available (all inclusive, family, wedding destination, sustainable, etc.).
The program will include an overview of hospitality in the Dominican Republic with instruction on various aspects of resort management including service, sports amenities, and food and beverage operations with behind-the-scenes management tours and education regarding crisis management.
Course features behind-the-scenes tours of some of some of the most beautiful properties in the Dominican Republic such as Club Med, Hard Rock, and Golden Bear Resort and Spa.
Itinerary includes one full weekend off and a number of half day opportunities to take in the sights, golf, go to the spa, sunbathe, etc.
HTM 3954: 2.3 overall GPA or instructor consent
HTM 5954: 3.0 overall or instructor consent
Undergraduates receive three credits for Study Abroad: HTM 3954. This course can also be substituted for the Area 2 and/or Area 7 requirement. Graduate students can receive three credits for HTM 5954, Study Abroad.
Note: This program is designed to provide a more economical option for students who want to study abroad and do not have time to do so during the summer.
Program fees are $1,695. This includes lodging and group travel. Virginia Tech tuition, fees, airfare and personal expenses are billed separately. A non-refundable deposit of $500, payable online is due after acceptance into program, with the balance of program fees due November 1, 2017. Click here for an estimated cost summary.
APPLY EARLY; Acceptance on first-come basis with priority given to HTM students.
Application Deadline: October 15
University Tuition & Fees
Tuition and university fees are billed separately from the program fee according to University Bursar policy.See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term: http://www.bursar.vt.edu/.
Hospitality & Tourism
Phone: 540-552-9165 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Study Abroad Specialist
1046 Pamplin Hall
Phone: (540) 231-3562 | E-mail: email@example.com
Dates / Deadlines:
The above program is not currently accepting applications. It is likely that the application cycle has yet to launch for the upcoming year. Please inquire with the Global Education Office about the program offering.