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Faculty Led: Lifecycle of Tourism Destinations: The Case of Northern Coastal Adriatic
Koper, Slovenia; Lipica, Slovenia; Motovun, Croatia; Piran, Slovenia; Portoroz, Slovenia; Trieste, Italy; Venice, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission 05/24/2022 06/03/2022

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
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English Program Type: Faculty Led
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Academic Subject:
Business, Hospitality and Food Management, Travel & Tourism (Geography)
Program Description:
Program Description:
Lifecycle of Tourism Destinations: The case of Northern Coastal Adriatic

Program Director:   
Dr. Sotiris Hji-Avgoustis 


HOSP 401 - Field Studies in Hospitality Management (3 credits)

Program Description:

This study abroad program will offer students an opportunity to study the lifecycle of tourism destinations on the Northern Adriatic coastline using the Butler (1980) and Plog (1974) tourism development models. Tourism development refers to the growth and maintenance of the tourism industry in a destination. Popular destinations often become unattractive with the passage of time as visitor numbers increase and their carrying capacities are exceeded and are unable to compete with other newer competing destinations. Emerging destinations, on the other hand, must compete with both established and new tourism destinations often going after the same tourism market. While abroad, students will visit a total of nine tourist destinations in three countries on the Northern Adriatic coast, all within no more than two hours from the home base of Portoroz. The students will hear from tourism officials about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing each destination. They will also immerse themselves as tourists in each of these destinations and interact with fellow tourists from all over the world. In Italy, students will visit Venice, a popular destination, the port city of Trieste, an upcoming cruise tourism destination. In Slovenia students will visit the four major cities in the Istria Peninsula - Piran, Portoroz, Isola and Koper. All are known for the efforts to build their tourism infrastructure. Finally, students will visit four emerging tourism destinations in Croatia ( Rovinj, Poreč, Grožnjan and Motovun).

Program Dates:

May 24 - June 3, 2022

Estimated Cost: 

$3,600 Program Fee + 3 credits of BSU tuition and fees

Tuition and fees based on credit hours, residency, and undergraduate/graduate level

Program Fee Includes:
  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Ground Transportation and in-country travel
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Medical & Evacuation Insurance

Passport ($145), lunches & dinners are NOT included in the program fee. Please budget for these additional expenses. 

How do I apply? 

Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU by the deadline

Whom can I contact for more information? 
Please contact Dr. Sotiris Hji-Avgoustis ( with any questions related to the program content.

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