Urgo, Mikaela Lauren
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Numerous world-famous tourist destinations are quickly losing their distinct identity due largely to the negative effects of mass tourism on local culture, environment and sense of place. As communities look to tourism as a vehicle for economic revitalization, the proper framework, outlining principles and relationships, must be developed to minimize the threat of exploitation and subsequent placelessness. This thesis shows how a new ‘place-based tourism’ model can assist in developing local destinations to revitalize communities under the direction and stewardship of landscape architects. Presented as an illustrated diagram, this thesis will draw on key landscape architectural theories as evidence of how landscape architects are exceptionally trained and uniquely skilled to lead development initiatives within a ‘place-based tourism’ model, as initially developed in this thesis. They are trained to incorporate and unify ideas of place, the local, environmental sustainability, and the vital importance of strong community partnerships.