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UNLV School of Architecture
4505 S Maryland Pkwy Box 454018, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154
The UNLV School of Architecture’s Hospitality Design (HD) Studio together with the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, organize a symposium called “Sustainable Tourism and the Future of the Integrated Resort." Las Vegas is considered one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world and its main tourism activities move around the so-called “integrated resorts.” For years now, one of the goals of both the UNLV HD Studio and IGI has been to conduct research and realize projects related to the future of the integrated resort, involving students, faculty, and researchers. Following IY2017’s guidelines, during the symposium, architecture students and alumni will present projects focused on sustainability, explaining how integrated resorts can become more environment-friendly.
This initiative will be groundbreaking, especially considering the lack of scholarship and literature on Las Vegas’ sustainability and the importance of building hospitality venues able to respect the environment and its resources. This part will be preceded by an introduction, where researchers will explain what is IY2017 and why should Las Vegas be aware of it, from students to teachers, from architects to integrated resort owners. The questions that will be addressed include: What does sustainability mean? Why is the role of UNWTO so important? How can we improve the current situation? Finally, the concept of cultural sustainability will be analyzed, understanding how the integrated resort model (especially if exported to other cultures and less developed countries) has to respect the local culture and its heritage.
Part of the initiative will also be the release of a report that includes project descriptions as well as the application of UNWTO’s guidelines for the sustainability of the integrated resort.