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Wellness Spas: A market analysis of the services a wellness spa could offer to middle class community members in a small New England town.

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 21:50
Abstract: Wellness spas, traditionally offered as a high end luxury model, are transitioning into a service available to all classes. There are services, within a certain price bracket, a wellness spa could offer to middle class community members of a small New England town. To be successful though, proprietors will need to better understand what services would be of interest to community members of a town like Keene, New Hampshire. The purpose of this study was to determine what wellness spa services would be of interest to those community members. Community members who qualify were given surveys to determine which services they would be most likely to use. The data was summarized to determine the most successful services according to the participants. This data can help indicate if there is a market in the area, and what the community members would be interested and not interested in.
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Major: Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies, Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Danielle Taylor

Determining Habitat Suitability for Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) in Five Forest Harvest Method Plots on the Paul Smith’s Visitors Interpretation Center Land to Promote Long Term Suitable Habitat.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 11:42
Abstract: Ruffed grouse (Bonansa umbellus) populations are in a steady decline due to the loss of early successional forests. Our study focused on the suitability of ruffed grouse habitat which is considered an area with adequate food and cover in. We used a habitat suitability index designed for ruffed grouse in Colorado that included average height of woody stems, percent conifers, density of mature yellow birch, and total equivalent stem density as the variables that indicate whether an area has suitable cover and food for ruffed grouse. Using the habitat suitability index we measured the vegetation in five forest harvest methods including: single tree selection, two-age cut, shelter-wood cut, clear-cut, and a control plot to determine if a habitat suitability index developed in Colorado can be used to assess habitat suitability for ruffed grouse in New York. These plots are located in the Adirondacks in Northern New York State at the Paul Smith’s College Visitors Interpretation Center (VIC). Our results suggested that 14 years after harvest a single tree selection harvest method has the highest overall habitat suitability (0.95) for ruffed grouse. This is different from other studies we found that indicated clear-cut was the most suitable forest harvest method for ruffed grouse. We also projected the change in habitat suitability for height of woody stems over time for the clear-cut based on the yearly growth rate of 0.656 feet. Based on our findings from the study we made recommendations to land owners and land managers to develop and promote short term and long term suitable habitat for ruffed grouse. These recommendations included using a variety of forestry practices that included: single tree selection, shelterwood, and clear-cut because ruffed grouse require a variety of different cover types and habitat over their lifetime.
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Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Forestry
Year: 2013
File Attachments: Final_Draft.doc
Authors: Jeremy Anna, Jake Baulch

Developing a Log Rule for Portable Sawmill Operators in Vermont

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 10:30
Abstract: Since the beginning of the 19th century, American lumbermen have been vexed by one of the unique questions of their trade; how do you estimate the yield of squared lumber to be cut from a round log? Since 1825, answers to this question have come in the form of log rules; a table or formula that estimates the yield of logs. These tables are in no way universal, and in some cases are crudely inaccurate. The shortcomings of these log rules have manifest differently in the various geographic locales and industry sectors where they are used. This study sought to identify such shortcomings as they pertain to a specific group of lumbermen; portable sawmill operators. These sawyers utilize modern bandsaw technology and have unique business practices, yet they estimate outputs based on century old log rules created for traditional sawmills. Through the use of semi-structured open ended interviews, technical and socioeconomic information was gathered from 7 sawyers in Vermont. Among other concerns, five of the sawyers expressed the need for a better way to estimate log yield. Based on their collective suggestions and technical approaches, a new log rule was created here to address sawyers’ needs.
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Major: Forestry
Year: 2013
File Attachments: CAPSTONE_HAIGH.pdf
Authors: Ben Haigh

What Women Want

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 10:50
Abstract: Traveling business women are becoming more popular in the business world and hotel’s need to know how to accommodate them properly. The purpose of this study is to understand how to satisfy traveling business women through the security in a hotel. “What Women Want” is a descriptive quantitative study that seeks to address the question: How does satisfaction relate to the security of a hotel for traveling business women in metropolitan hotels? The data for this research will be collected through a series of questionnaires that will be emailed to alumnae of Paul Smiths College who travel to metropolitan hotels to determine what security features they look for when choosing a hotel. The data from the questionnaires will be used to help metropolitan hotels better satisfy their female business traveler’s expectations through the hotel security to build their customer loyalty.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2013
File Attachments: What Women Want
Authors: Heather Knox

Gay Marriage Etiquette: A study of the implications of LGBT marriage events for event planners

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 09:55
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to determine if lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) wedding customs are changing the way event planners are planning weddings compared to traditional heterosexual weddings. “Gay Marriage Etiquette” is a qualitative, inductive, comparative analysis that seeks to address the question, “How are LGBT marriage customs going to affect the way event planners plan and set up weddings?” Data will be collected from an online survey distributed to event planners working in gay marriage legal states and the results will determine if event planners feel they are finding they must make changes in the way they prepare weddings of LGBT couples in comparison to the weddings of traditional heterosexual couples. This study will be significant to the event planning industry with the helping to understand how to market to the LGBT demographic.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2013
File Attachments: Town_FinalCapstone.docx
Authors: Britny Town

Destination Attachment: Connecting and Learning in New Orleans

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 11:47
Abstract: Educational experiences have the potential to connect the participant to a destination and its people. Food plays a large part in perception of the destination. Learning about food and actively engaging in its creation can be a unique experience. Destination attachment leads to loyalty and repeat visits. The purpose of this study was to investigate how and to what extent the leisure traveler can develop destination attachment in result of participating in educational cooking experiences at a specific destination. This qualitative, inductive relationship study explored how and to what extent offering cultural cooking classes to the leisure traveler at a destination relates to destination attachment. Data was collected through an online survey distributed to class participants. Opinions about the educational cooking experience were collected and analyzed to gauge if the cooking experience had any effect on destination attachment. Destination institutions will be interested in this data if they are looking into offering cultural educational cooking experiences.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2013
File Attachments: The Author has selected not to publish this complete work.
Authors: Elise Wallner

Women Baby Boomers and Hospitality Marketing of Resorts: A study of the hospitality industry marketing resorts to women of the baby boomer generation

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 11:53
Abstract: With baby boomer women surfacing as a consumer powerhouse, it is important for resorts to successfully market to them. Hospitality marketers need to know what aspects of marketing of resorts appeal to women of the baby boomer generation to gain this demographic. The purpose of this qualitative, deductive, descriptive study is to determine what aspects of hospitality marketing of resorts appeal to women of the baby boomer generation. The marketing world has changed drastically due to aspects like social media. A survey of the literature will assess the importance of this market segments and the range of marketing techniques that can be used to influence them. By conducting interviews with marketing professionals, it will be shown what marketing tactics are currently being used to connect with women of the baby boomer generation. This will allow other marketing professionals to use these tactics to gain the enormous spending power of baby boomer women.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Elizabeth Salamendra

Do The Lake Placid Lodge Amenities Meet Boomer Expectations?

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 14:14
Abstract: Are the amenities of the luxury destination, the Lake Placid Lodge, on target with the Boomer market, or are they falling short and missing the chance to tap a large potential revenue source? The tourism industry services many different markets; with the “baby boomers” representing 26% of the population. Such a large demographic should not be overlooked; however the Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, NY has yet to aggressively market to them. This could be costing the Lodge a large amount of business, with baby boomers being 78 million strong (Ross). The main goal of this market study is to identify what boomers expect from a destination, and to determine what amenities the Lake Placid Lodge provides or doesn’t provide to meet these expectations. To identify what amenities meet their expectations, a survey was conducted towards previous boomer guests at the Lodge.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2013
File Attachments: CAPSTONEEEE.docx
Authors: Mercedes Mosher

Renewable Energy: How it Affects Customer Loyalty

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:03
Abstract: Sustainability is a movement which involves many businesses adopting practices such as the use of renewable energy to create a move positive impact on their community, bottom line, and the planet. Due to a growing awareness of this recent movement; it is currently unknown if the use of renewable energy within a company has an effect on customer loyalty. The purpose of this study is to determine how and to what extent the use of renewable energy affects customer loyalty of ski resorts in Northeast America. This study is co-alignment analysis based on an inductive theory that seeks to discover how and to what extent renewable energy implementation affects the customer loyalty of guests at ski resorts in the Northeast. Data was collected through site visits and surveys and was analyzed to find a possible trend between customer loyalty and the use of renewable energy. If the use of renewable energy creates increased customer loyalty then ski resorts as well as other hospitality establishments and businesses would be more apt to adopt sustainable business practices. This study also lends itself to further research as far as the co-alignment between businesses in other industries as well as other sustainability initiatives.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Colby J. Russell

Efficiency of Purchasing Practices

Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:41
Abstract: Group purchasing is a process that small and large businesses use to purchase inventory. Small independent restaurants need larger inventory orders in order to compete with the purchasing leverage that cooperatives have. The purpose of the study is to determine the efficiency of current purchasing practices of small independent restaurant in comparison to cooperative purchasing practices for restaurants in Watertown, New York. The research provides a blend of qualitative semi-structured interviews and observations that focus on the attitudes and behaviors and a quantitative analysis of inventory lists of each business studied. Inventory analysis of each business will be pooled to formulate what products are purchased the most. Observations made from the semi- structured interviews will allow for a comparison of when products are purchased, what day of the week, and what supplier is favored. Contrasting the results of the study will allow for the researcher and businesses to identify more efficient purchasing efforts.
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Major: Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management
Year: 2013
Authors: Meghan Sboro