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Sports Tournaments: A Study of the Economic Impact on Hotels in Small Communities

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 21:58
Abstract: Sports tourism is an emerging tourism niche market recognized as having the capacity to draw visitors to a city or region. What is not known is whether or not this is a trend for small communities. The purpose of this qualitative exploratory study is to seek understanding of the unknown phenomenon of small scale tournament sports tourism events and their effect on hotels in small communities. Through surveys, data will be collected, analyzed, and coded under different categories of economic impact on hotels including average daily rate, revenue per available room, and additional costs incurred when hosting guests associated with sports tournaments. This study will be significant for hotels in small communities looking to host participants and observers of tournament sports tourism events.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
Authors: Emily O'Hara

Rising to the Top: A study of upscale properties and the attributes they value in potential employees

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 22:07
Abstract: In upscale, luxury based, hotel properties customer service is essential. Properties require new hires to participate in management training programs. Specific knowledge, skills and abilities are essential to gain entry into these programs. This descriptive study seeks to discover how upscale management training programs rank these attributes in potential employees. This study will use a web-based survey instrument. Data will be analyzed in aggregate to identify common requirements. This study may be valuable to baccalaureate hospitality programs and students interested in identifying the value upscale properties place on knowledge, skills and abilities of potential employees.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: DEMEYER FINAL CAPSTONE.docx
Authors: Mitchell DeMeyer

Little People And Hotel Experiences

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 17:35
Abstract: Little people, medically known as dwarfs, are on average 4 feet 10 inches tall or less. This presents a unique set of circumstances when staying in hotels. The purpose of this quantitative study is to determine what the actual hotel experiences of LPs are compared to what they would like them to be. This study will be conducted through the use of surveys. Survey monkey will used to gather responses. An email will be sent to LPs in Region 2 of Little People of America and through Facebook contacts. The results of this study could be used by hotel properties that wish to make their accommodations more accessible for a wider range of people.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
Authors: Edith Wolocki

Keeping our Elderly Healthy

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 18:07
Abstract: As the aging population is growing more concerned with longevity and desire to live more healthy lifestyles, there has been an increased awareness and demand for healthy menu items that meet specific nutritional requirements that combat common ailments in the aging. This descriptive study seeks to discover how and to what extent a senior menu would be appealing to the senior citizens that eat out more than once a week in Canandaigua NY. This study will use a market study paper survey. Data will be analyzed in aggregate to identify the top five healthy menu items that seniors are most likely to order and how those foods ensure nutritional balance. This study may be valuable to meet the needs of the new trend of “healthy living” and also increase revenue for current and future restaurant owners in Canandaigua NY.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
Authors: Shonte Renee Ransom

Farm to School: Is It Cost Effective?

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 20:24
Abstract: While working within the confines of a school budget, small, rural, K-12 schools in upstate NY need to feed children healthy, nutritious meals everyday to help them learn and grow. The purpose of this study is to determine how and to what extent procuring fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms or local distributor is a cost effective approach for these schools. This quantitative designed study is being conducted by comparing costs associated with purchasing fresh produce from farms and local distributors. How does a farm to school cooperative differ from local distributors in terms of cost effectiveness in procuring produce for these schools? Data will be collected from farmers and school food service directors via interviews and questionnaires. Questionnaires will be emailed to select school food service directors and farmers, including telephone interviews. Data will be analyzed through a coding method which will help schools determine what farms and distributors can offer to them most cost effectively. Information gathered will help school food service directors responsible for the procurement of the produce to make informed decisions as to what means best fits their spending budget.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: Farm to School Capstone
Authors: Linda Snyder

Housekeeping Outsourcing

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 15:03
Abstract: Housekeeping is essential to an efficient and effective hotel’s operations. There is not one department in a hotel or lodging enterprise that can exist without housekeeping service. The housekeeping department is usually the largest in the hotel, and it also holds the highest percentage for turnover. Traditionally because the housekeeping department has the greatest staffing numbers and payroll costs, it usually is the first area scrutinized in terms of profit margins. There are different ways that a company can hire their staff and as a hotel manager you have the opportunity to hire hourly employees within the company, or to hire from an outside agency. The purpose of this study was to explore the financial aspects of outsourcing and whether or not it is financially more effective to hire hourly employees or to hire from an outside agency. The outcome of this study can be used by hospitality properties seeking to help cut costs and save on labor for one of their largest departments within the hotel.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2012
File Attachments: Housekeeping Outsourcing
Authors: Lauren Archambault

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Allowing All-Terrain Vehicles on Vermont State Land

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 12:35
Abstract: Our capstone project is a cost-benefit analysis of allowing ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) on Vermont State land. This issue is controversial among Vermont outdoor enthusiasts. We wanted to know if the allowance of ATVs on Vermont state land is economically feasible. This study explored the current economic impacts and damages of ATV-related activities in Vermont, willingness to pay to use state land, and the possible economic benefits of allowing ATVs on state land compared to the trail construction and maintenance cost. We surveyed members of Vermont’s ATV community and conducted interviews of private and public landowners and private and public companies. Our results showed that on average most ATV users were willing to pay to use state land, the Vermont ATV community contributes to Vermont’s economy, and trail construction and maintenance is a legitimate factor when considering the construction of building sustainable trails on public land. Our study concluded that on a small scale, ATV trails on Vermont state land appears to be economically sustainable.
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Major: Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
Authors: Cory Campbell, Kyle Wagner

Neo-homesteading in the Adirondack-North Country

Mon, 12/03/2012 - 16:15
Abstract: This study was an exploration of the values and behaviors of Adirondack-North Country neo-homesteaders and how such unique traits shape and influence community integrity and resilience. The use of the prefix neo is indicative of the new or emerging homesteading trend within recent decades as differentiated from similar cultural movements of the past. The purpose of the study was to synthesize the motivation behind the current cultural migration of populations toward a rural lifestyle; the cohesiveness of neo-homesteading communities in the Adirondack-North Country; the importance of ecological and regional socio-economic relationships; and how the flux of thoughts and behaviors promote the crafting of an alternative future. Analysis of the stated-values and observed behaviors of current homesteading populations in the Adirondack-North Country compared with those cited in primary literature sources provided insight into the back-to-the-land progression and regression from the mid-1800s to the 2000s. This research also compared and contrasted the diverse individual values that Adirondack neo-homesteaders display in regards to the current constructs of American society. Using grounded theory as a paradigmatic lens and ethnographic methodologies, the research process yielded organically developed emergent themes as influenced by economics, bioregionalism, place-based connections, religion, history, and the environment, which provided a multi-dimensional insight into homesteader choices and decision-making processes. Data was collected and interpreted using survey data as a means to provide a theoretical framework for more in-depth, subjective participant observation ethnographies. The data revealed that geographical place, community cohesion, and security with regard to family, food, and finances were the dominant drivers of the neo-homesteading movement in the Adirondack-North Country
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Major: Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
Authors: William R. Martin, Michael J. Cerasaro

Managing White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) for Buck to Doe Ratio and Increased Body and Antler Size on a Private 340 acres in Arcade, NY

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 13:14
Abstract: Currently in Arcade, New York there is a 340 acre piece of property that is made up of 3 parcels of land with 3 different owners; all of whom would like to see the large deer population managed for different reasons. One property owner, who also leases the other two properties for hunting purposes, would like to see the deer managed for buck to doe ratio and body and antler size. While the other two property owners would like to see the deer population reduced because of damages caused to their woods and vegetable gardens. The first goal of this management plan is to reduce the deer population for the 340 acre property, with objectives of reducing the buck to doe ratio to 1:1 or 1:2 by harvesting more does and monitoring the deer population with a hunter based record system. The second goal of this plan is to provide hunters with better opportunities to harvest mature deer, with objectives of instituting a 120 inch antler restriction and providing deer with better nutrition by using a system of highly nutritional food plots. All measures of success or failure will be assessed using the hunter based record system that was created.
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Major: Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
Authors: Mike Domagalski

Management Plan for Nuisance Populations of North American Beavers Castor canadensis in New York State

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 20:27
Abstract: The North American beavers Castor canadensis are a keystone species that were once nearly extirpated in New York State in the late 18th century. This was due to the destruction of their habitat and over trapping. Beavers have been successfully relocated back into New York State. Beavers provide a major role in manufacturing intricate food webs and, are beneficial to increasing the diversity of a landscape. However in certain areas of the state the beaver populations come into conflict with human communities. The conflict results from damage to public and private lands. Beavers damage crops, human structures and contaminate water supplies by flooding. The damage created by beavers creates a safety as well as an economic issue. This management plan will give various methods of reducing the beaver population in areas where they cause severe amounts of damage and hefty costs associated with repairing the damage; without completely extirpating the beavers from the landscape.
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Major: Natural Resources Management and Policy
Year: 2012
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Authors: Tyler Spaulding