Social Sciences Department
BS in Social Sciences
Tourism is an important industry throughout the world, not only does tourism create an influx of visitors to a certain destination, but it also creates millions of jobs around the world. Ever since China's opening reveal to the world in 1978, the tourism industry has increased and is a thriving business throughout the country. With the growing middle class of the Chinese population and their disposable incomes, tourism has increased not only internationally, but also domestically. More specifically, Shanghai has been a booming city with the recent renovation of Pudong, improvements in infrastructure for upscale accommodations, and the hosting of the 2010 World Expo. Shanghai, however is a city based on its future, not its past: although the city is not as rich in historical culture like Beijing or Xi'an, Shanghai intends on being a major cultural metropolis of the world.