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Cultures Around the World- Cultural Diversity Education for Tourists

Of the staggering 903 million global tourists in 2007, 64 million left the United States, spending over $104 billion abroad. During the same period, the market for travel books reached $333.5 million, indicating tremendous spending on travel-related materials. Additionally, the United States is rapidly becoming an increasingly diverse society, increasing the importance of cultural diversity education.. Addressing both of these issues, a professor at Utah State University has developed a program to educate individuals about countries and cultural diversity in an informative and exciting way. Cultures Around the World features completely original materials developed from on-site visits by the developer, bringing to life exciting cultures and customs from all over the world. Countries are presented in a unique format by teaching a specific country’s history, culture, food, music, dance, language, religion, and modern issues. Among other opportunities, it represents a valuable add-on for travel agencies, airlines, and other entities in the travel and tourism industry.

   
Applications
Features and Benefits
  • Travel/Tourism
    • Travel agency value-add
    • Airline value-add
    • Travel log organizations
  • Foreign exchange students
  • Youth educators
  • Senior citizen centers
  • Cultural events, such as fairs
    • Afterschool programs
    • School teachers
    • 4-H leaders
    • Boy and Girl Scouts
    • Other youth programs
  • CD format allows inexpensive value-add for travel/tourism organizations
  • User-friendly CD format contains presentations, handicraft instructions, language guides, and resource guides, maximizing value for tourist and travel enthusiasts
  • Anyone can enjoy in a fun and exciting way, maximizing usage
  • Cultural diversity education focus, resulting in increased sensitivity to ethnic groups in US/abroad and better global citizens
 
Technology
The Cultures Around the World program consists of CDs designed to inform users about countries from around the globe. Each CD contains an hour long PowerPoint presentation and PDF files containing language, recourse, and handicraft guides. The program can be easily presented to a group or enjoyed by individual users. The program contains original materials, reflecting on-site visits by the developer. It is now used in educational settings.
 
Development Stage
CDs developed for 8 countries, and up to 15 more are expected in the future. The material in each CD goes through a peer-review process before it is released. Available as Individual country CDs or Combined Country CDs (4 countries around the globe).
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Allan Wood
Commercialization Associate
Technology Commercialization Office
Allan.Wood@usu.edu
(435) 797-2515
Reference: W06029
www.ipso.usu.edu

 

 

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