Immigrant/Refugee Integration and Potential Effects on Tourism - Malta and Miami

By: Mary Tanke   Carolin Lusby  

The study examines the experience and integration of immigrants and refugees in Malta and Miami. It aims to shed light on potential effects on tourism due to this phenomenon. Both geographical locations (one European Union, one non-European Union) are highly dependent upon tourism. The study sought to answer the following questions: Are there similarities in the current immigrant experience between Malta and Miami? Are there similarities in the current refugee experience between Malta and Miami? Can an impact on tourism be determined for either the immigrant or the refugee experiences in either location? What are the perceptions of impact by destination management organizations? This qualitative study sought to measure the immigrant and refugee experience and perception of tourism development. By presenting an investigation of the immigrant, refugee experiences and impact on tourism, a comparative analysis of their overall economic impact may be determined. This could serve as an indicator of the impact of immigrants and refugees on the health of the tourism industry in other economies. Examining effects in the tourism industry could serve as a model for examining impacts of immigrant, refugee integration in other industries, which may be less financially stable. The results of the study sheds light on these experiences as well as how the communities and tourism sector responded to their attempts at integration.

Immigrants, Refugees, Tourism, Economics, Miami, Malta
Community Diversity and Governance
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Dr. Mary Tanke

Ernest R. Graham Distinguished Professor, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University

Dr. Mary L. Tanke is the Ernest R. Graham Distinguished Professor in the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Florida International, she later went on to complete her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University. This is Dr. Tanke’s 3rd decade of teaching Hospitality Management, which includes two semesters in Switzerland at the Centre International de Glion. She served as Editor of the FIU Hospitality Review from 2007-2011 and was the founding Chairperson of the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). Research interests include areas of human resources management such as bullying in the workplace and sustainability; cultural intelligence and program evaluation systems and processes.

Carolin Lusby

Assistant Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University

Dr. Carolin Lusby is an Assistant Professor at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in tourism, research methods and leadership. She received her doctoral degree in Tourism Recreation and Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2007. Furthermore, Dr. Lusby holds a master’s degree in Tourism and the Environments from the World Leisure Center of Excellence at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is passionate about touring and tourism as a way to give back, believing that tourism can and should do good for people and the environment. She is a scuba instructor and has a background in adventure facilitation.